Dr James Holden: Cultural Writer

Dr James Holden Independent Writer and Academic

Hi! I'm Dr James Holden. I'm an independent writer and academic with a passion for all forms of cultural engagement. I am also a freelance copywriter based in South Yorkshire.

On this website you can read about my work as a Lisztian, Proustian and as a Nerd. Discover all my writings: read exclusive online articles including my experimental series of features on modern board games; and browse my complete publications, includng my academic works on subjects ranging from the piano to philosophy. You can also find out how to hire me to produce compelling commercial copy for your online store and stylish content for your site to engage your readership and excite your audience.

James Holden: Cultural Writer

Lisztian: Piano Keys


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


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


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

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


There are currently two books on my bedside table. There are bookmarks in each marking the place where, too tired to continue, I last stopped reading. In my study bookmarks poke out of still more books. I’m following a large number of stories at once. I’m currently reading, playing through, watching or am otherwise invested in many narratives over multiple formats and through various channels. 

Discover all of my many narrative engagements, and my thoughts on holding all these story threads together at once in this new blog post.

Reading blog: Narrative Threads

New Cultural writing: 'Sheffield: A meeple city'

Dr James Holden Cultural Writer Reflections
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Independent wrtiter and academic. Lisztian, Proustian, Nerd.

Dr James Holden: Cultural Writer