Karen Holdom

Karen Holdom is an Auckland-based writer who recently signed with UK literary agency Madeleine Milburn Associates to sell her first novel, which is set in Europe in the final weeks of World War II and is inspired by true events. Karen is a former journalist who holds a Master in Creative Writing from Auckland University where she won the Wallace Prize for best manuscript in 2018.

Karen Holdom: Python

My aunt rests on her good side. She is a sparrow with a python in her belly. Each breath is heroic. A piano concerto plinks in the corridor speakers outside her bedroom.