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Dr. Patrick Holland

Assistant Professor

Office: RRS 625

Tel: 3411 2843

Email: pholland@hkbu.edu.hk

Dr Holland received his PhD in Creative Writing at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia, where he researched supermodern non-place, sacred place, and Japanese literary aesthetics. His particular research areas are creative writing, stylistics, comparative literature, supermodernity and sacred place. Among his recent novels are La Donna del Club 49: Un noir in Vietnam (2019, O Barra O Edizione, Italian translation by Giacomo Falconi); One (2016, Transit Lounge), which was longlisted for the 2018 International Dublin Literary Prize); and The Mary Smokes Boys (2013, Hawthorne Books, USA; 2010, Transit Lounge, AUS) which was longlisted for the 2011 Miles Franklin Award and shortlisted for The Age Book of the Year. He has been a judge of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize (2016).

Teaching and Research areas: literary fiction; stylistics; creative non-fiction; short story; comparative literature; Japanese Literature; Japanese religio-aesthetics; Australian literature; American literature; English Literature; supermodernity; place and non-place; sacred place; aesthetics; phenomenology; diaspora writing; memoir and biography.  

[Review] (2017) “Brian Castro’s Blindness & Rage: A phantasmagoria: A Novel in thirty-four cantos.” Australian Book Review, no. 394 (Sept).

(2016) “On the Complete Short Stories of David Malouf.” Griffith Review and Copyright Agency – Reading Australia (March).  

[Review] (2014) “Felix Calvino’s Alfonso.” Australian Book Review, no. 361 (May).  

(2012) “Cuong: A beggar’s story.” Griffith Review, no.37 (Spring).


(2019) La Donna del Club 49: Un Noir in Vietnam, translated by Giacomo Falconi. Rome: O Barra O Edizione.

(2016). One. Melbourne: Transit Lounge.

(2014) Navigatio. Melbourne: Transit Lounge.

(2013) The Mary Smokes Boys, Portland, OR: Hawthorne Books.

(2005) The Long Road of the Junkmailer, Brisbane: University of Queensland Press.


Essay Collection:

(2011) [travel essays] Riding the Trains in Japan: Travels in the Sacred and Supermodern East, Melbourne: Transit Lounge.



(2017) “The Engagement. Review of Australian Fiction, Vol.21 (3).

(2009) “Integrity.” Best Australian Short Stories 2009, Delia Falconer (ed)Melbourne: Black Inc.

(2006) “Flame Bugs on the Sixth Island.” Best Australian Stories 2006, Robert Drewe (ed). Melbourne: Black Inc.