Lizzie is a London poet. She finds her poems are primarily about love and loss. The themes of abuse, dance, trees and breath also find their way into poem-shaped forms. Some of her poems are tiny.
Her work has been published by Sable Books, The Emma Press, Picaroon Poetry, Medusa’s Laugh Press, Dream Catcher, Live Canon, The Frogmore Papers, Dempsey and Windle, The Poetry Business and forthcoming her First Pamphlet "From the Bottom of the Wishing Well", published by Paper Swans Press.
The Ten Percent was commended in the Glebe House International Poetry Competition, Routine was longlisted in the Live Canon 2018 International Poetry competition.
Her pamphlet "Amber" was shortlisted in The Paper Swans Press Pamphlet Prize.
Her Pamphlet "From the Bottom of the Wishing Well" was awarded second place in The Paper Swans Press Pamphlet Prize
Thanks to Paper Swans Press for awarding my Pamphlet, From the Bottom of the Wishing Well, second place in the 2019 Paper Swans Press Pamphlet prize.
Thank you to Paper Swans Press for commending my pamphlet, Amber, the 2019 Paper Swans Press Pamphlet prize
Thank you to The Harmony Community Trust for commending my poem, The Ten Per Cent, in the 2017 Harmony Community Trust Awards
A few poems that stood out to me included ...
Lizzie Holden's "Light Switch," in the devastating subtlety with which it limns a child abuse scenario from the child victim's perspective; and Carolyn Dahl's "Flower Girl Dress,"
AUTHOR AND POET
The Emma Press Anthology of Love is a linguistic treasure trove of love in all its forms – platonic, sexual, intimate, absurd and existential. Each of the 65 poets write of love in a manner which is simultaneously unique and mutual. Such is the strength of this anthology, whose root concept of love makes for a heart-felt read, it is as though the poems are written just for you.
From the Bottom of the Wishing Well
Desperate and frightening though the subject matter is, Holden avoids falling into the traps of voyeurism or sensationalism. A magnificent sequence.
JUDGE OF PAPER SWANS PRESS 2019 PAMPHLET PRIZE
Live performance at the Troubadour, London
"Beautifully sculpted poems, with a precise, chiselling delivery."