Patrick Holland grew up in outback Queensland. He worked as a stockman until taking up literary studies at Griffith University. He has studied Chinese and Vietnamese at universities in Beijing, Qingdao and Saigon.
His novel The Long Road of the Junkmailer (UQP 2006) is about a forgetful angel on apocalypse eve. It won the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award for Best Emerging Author 2005 and was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize, Best First Book, South East Asia/South Pacific.
His short stories take up geographical and theological themes and have been published and broadcast in Australia, Ireland, the USA, and in translation in Japan.