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about me

I write novels and perform poetry. I'm lucky enough to run a troupe of touring poets called The New Libertines - we perform at festivals, bookstores, pretty much anywhere we're invited across the UK. I also run a publisher, 79 rat press, bringing to light the most wonderful contemporary poetry and prose.

My latest novel, Evie and Guy, is written wholly in numbers and is free to download on my website. I'm a passionate self-publisher and head up the Alliance of Independent Authors' Open Up to Indies campaign to encourage prizes, festivals and the media to cover more self-published books. For some reason the Guardian have started letting me write about independent culture for them. The fools.

favourite books

The Piano Teacher - Elfriede Jelinek
Dark Corners of the Land - Adelle Stripe
Breathing Underwater- Marie Darrieussecq
Damage - Josephine Hart
Sputnik Sweetheart - Haruki Murakami
Men in Space - Tom McCarthy
Minsitry of Pain - Dubravka Ugresic
The Bacchae - Euripides
The Book of Laughter and Forgetting - Milan Kundera
np -Banana Yoshimoto
Atomised - Michel Houellebecq

my websites

http://79ratpress.wordpress.com     http://danholloway.wordpress.com/

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my books

Songs from the Other Side of t....

Dan Holloway

17 year-old Sandrine grows up in post-communist Hungary and dreams of moving to the West. An Eastern European "Norwegian Wood" Complete at 67,000 words

The day the Berlin Wall came down, Jennifer returned to England, leaving her week-old daughter, Szandi, to grow up on a Hungarian vineyard with 300 years of history. Now 18, Szandi is part of Budapest’s cosmopolitan art scene, sharing a flat and a bohemian lifestyle with her lover and fellow sculptress, Yang. She has finally found her place in the world. Then a letter arrives that threatens everything, and forces her to choose once and for all: between the past and the present; between East and West; between her family and her lover.

Songs from the Other Side of the Wall is a coming of age story that inhabits anti-capitalist chatrooms and ancient wine cellars, seedy bars and dreaming spires; and takes us on a remarkable journey across Europe and cyberspace in the company of rock stars and dropouts, diaries that appear from nowhere, a telepathic fashion mogul, and the talking statue of a bull.


The Man Who Painted Agnieszka'....

Dan Holloway

Why are some images impossible to look away from, whilst others fade without ever being seen?

When mysterious Polish woman Agnieszka Iwanowa's tragi-comic death in a gym accident is uploaded to YouTube, the film's final image of her upturned trainers is rehashed by everyone from right wing extremists to a reclusive installation artist who only speaks through his dominatrix PA.

Now Dan Griffiths has to make the image fresh.

Dan's search for the reasons behind the picture's magnetic pull suck him into the worlds of political extremism; BDSM; a haiku-composing graffiti artist; an online community devoted to the dead girl, and its reclusive Japanese schoolboy moderator who has just paid half a million dollars for the diary of a scientist whose work he believes will enable him to bring Agnieszka back from the dead.

And as the search for Agnieszka's secret slowly overtakes the search for his own daughter, missing for ten years, ignored by the media, and now sending him - and the reader - glimpses of messages from what seems like another world, he is confronted by the question - why are some images impossible to look away from, whilst others fade without ever being seen?

A story about a world gone numb, in which pain is the only thing that's real


Evie and Guy

Dan Holloway

A heartbreaking love story written wholly in numbers.

When we tell the story of a relationship, we, and it, are judged by what we omit. By design, by ignorance, or just because there are only so many pages and so much time, the blank spaces tell a story every bit as true, as rich, and as important as the print marks meandering through them. Acknowledging that truth, Evie and Guy is the history of a relationship told through the white space of the protagonists’ most solitary act. It comprises simply the dates, times, and duration in seconds (bracketed where the act was interrupted or unclimactic) of every act of masturbation in their lives.


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I wrote 289 days ago

I don't think life is a numbers game. But I absolutely don't think it's a language game either, and that's one of the things I was trying to achieve - to see if people could get out of seeing their lives in purely linguistic terms. I'm intrigued by the assumtions of autogiography (and I'm not... view book

I wrote 322 days ago

I'll leave a reply here and hope you can see it :) First, thank you! Second, on the specifics - in a way I don't want to say because the answer's not mine to give, it's Evie's and Guy's and it comes alive with each reading as they are brought to life. On the other hand, I did start out with ver... view book

I wrote 326 days ago

Drawn to this initially as I've spent the past 24 years in Oxford since arriving as a student - the past immersed in its vast literary underbelly of poetry slams and impromptu gigs at art galleries. And I did enjoy wondering if the Quill and Quail was another version of the Eagle and Child. But hav... view book

I wrote 334 days ago

wonderful to see you again, and bang on form! view book

I wrote 1064 days ago

It's interesting reading this almost a year on. A lot has changed in that time, possibly most of all my reading tastes. A week or so back I read a really terrible blog post lazily having a go at William Gibson's Neuromancer - it was attacking the information dumps, and I read the quoted texts and th... view book

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