“Dan Holloway is something of a phenomenon: poet, novelist, publisher, commentator, event organiser and promoter; there isn’t much connected with literature that he doesn’t do, and do with gusto and a probing desire to experiment.” Sabotage Reviews
My writing is based on some very simple ideas
- Art can, and should try to, change the world.
- Art should tell the truth, the artist’s truth, scraped from the deepest place inside them
- There are too many good books already. We shouldn’t add to the number.
- Everything is political, and nothing more so than mealy-mouthed writers claiming they aren’t political.
- Great writing doesn’t think outside the box. It never knew what the box was in the first place.
- Every life is precious and unique, and has the right to be told, and heard, in its own voice.
- It is better to try to be extraordinary and fail than to try to be ordinary and succeed.
“captures the rhythms and nuances of how we live now in a way that has rarely been done better” LA Books Examiner about the novel “Songs from the Other Side of the Wall”
“His latest chapbook of poems and short prose pieces, i cannot bring myself to look at walls in case you have graffitied them with love poetry, exemplifies much of this seemingly boundless energy…Dan Holloway is a writer of great gifts” Sabotage Reviews
My books are all available digitally as free downloads. Most of them are available as paperbacks to buy. Click Evie and Guy’s cover to find them.
“romantic paeans to hedonism, tinged with sadness” (Writeoutloud)
You will find me performing poetry and short stories, and occasionally my show Some of These Things Are Beautiful, a memory of lost friendships, all over the place. Click the picture to find me.
“a brilliant night” (For Books’ Sake)
My touring troupe of troubadours The New Libertines has been delighting crowds since summer 2011. Our spoken word events, crafted like the best albums and adhering to the principle of “ho headline acts, no support”, offer light in dark corners, desire in the face of boredom, despair hidden beneath the underskirts of affluence.
Click the pic to download Unlearning the Box, a collection of my essays from across the blogosphere all on a single theme – finding your identity and integrity as an artist in a literary landscape increasingly pressuring writers to measure success by sales and to stick to the tried and tested as the way to achieve that. The notion of the spectacular failure has been largely lost, as has the idea that books are there to touch people’s hearts, change their world, and free their own voices to speak in the most powerful way possible – their own.
I have been gigging, blogging, reviewing, and generally causing mayhem in the name of getting more light on great literature and less light on “more of the same old same old good books” since 2009. You can find links to the whole kit and caboodle right here.