Dr James Holden: Cultural Writer

Dr James Holden Independent Writer and Academic

Hi! I'm Dr James Holden. I am an independent writer and academic with a passion for all forms of cultural engagement. Discover my writing on topics ranging from Franz Liszt's piano music and Marcel Proust's great novel In Search of Lost Time to modern board games and videogames. Join in the cultural conversation by commenting on my blog posts and other feature articles.

I am also a freelance copywriter. You can commission me to write product information, category descriptions, blog posts, reviews, articles and features for your website or publication. Just get in touch!

James Holden: Cultural Writer

Lisztian: Piano Keys

Lisztian

Liszt claimed to play the piano 'tolerably well'. I can't claim that.

I've spent seven years writing a book on Liszt. How's that for tempo rubato?

Proustian: Madeleine Cakes

Proustian

For a long time, I read the works of Marcel Proust.

I wrote a book on Proust. Like all such books, it's really a book about myself.

Nerd: Nintendo Switch Joy Con Controller

Nerd

On my turn I move meeples, manage inventory and roll dice.

I play boardgames, videogames and DnD. I speak nerd and think geek.

New Blog Post - THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: BREATH OF THE WILD – MY 160 HOURS PROGRESS REPORT!

I've now played The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on my Nintendo Switch for 160 hours. That's the longest time I've ever spent playing one videogame. But this game is one that rewards patience and encourages detours. So, just how far have I got in 160 hours and how does that compare to other people?

Here's my Zelda progress report!

Nerd Blog: Breath of the Wild

New Cultural writing: 'Sheffield: A meeple city'

Dr James Holden Cultural Writer Reflections

Independent wrtiter and academic. Lisztian, Proustian, Nerd.

Dr James Holden: Cultural Writer

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