About Holly

My debut novel, What Time is Love?, will be published as a lead title for Orion Fiction in summer 2022. It is a love story told over several decades that asks readers, ‘What if you met the right person at the wrong time?’ In 2020, I received funding from Arts Council England to complete the book. It will also be published in France, Norway, Italy, Germany, Croatia, Turkey, Russia, Ukraine, and The Netherlands.

My agent in the UK is Tristan Kendrick at RCW literary agency. For TV and film queries, it’s Tanya Tillett at The Agency.

I am also a freelance journalist specialising in the arts. I worked on staff at The Independent and The Independent on Sunday for six years to 2016. Since going freelance, I have written for the New York Times, The Guardian, the FT, the New Statesman, The Sunday Times, Tatler, The Evening Standard, BBC Culture, ELLE, Vice, The Stage, Elephant, and The Telegraph, and reviewed theatre and books for The Observer, the Times Literary Supplement, Time Out, The Mail on Sunday, What’s on Stage, The Independent and more.

As an editor, I am experienced in commissioning, editing and proofing copy, uploading content and laying out pages. In 2018-19, I was acting arts editor for The Independent. I have provided cover for editors at The Observer and Time Out, as well as working shifts at Stylist and The Debrief.

My consulting work includes being an active associate for script-reading service Rough Hewn, offering feedback and dramaturgical support for playwrights.

Since 2019, I have been a judge for the Evening Standard Theatre Awards.

I have appeared on TV and radio programmes as an arts specialist, including Sky News, Radio 4’s Front Row and You and Yours, and NPR, and have written programme notes for many theatres.

In 2021, I was shortlisted for Art and Design Writer of the Year at the Freelance Writing Awards.

In 2015, I received a Special Commendation in the Allen Wright Award for arts journalism at the Edinburgh festivals; I was also shortlisted in 2014 and 2016.

Contact me

  • Get in touch: holly (at) hollywrites.com
  • Contact my agent: tristan (at) rcwlitagency.com
  • Follow me on Twitter: @Holly_bops