P. E. Holdsworth

Writer | Journalist | Editor



Portia Holdsworth is a freelance writer, journalist, developmental book editor, and photographer who specialises in people and places. 

A columnist at Cohorted Cult magazine, Holdsworth writes The Good Life column, a candid chronicle of her personal journey with illness and self-discovery, as she endeavours to cultivate a life ‘well lived’.

Holdsworth's articles and photography covering travel, opinions, the arts, literature, lifestyle, and human interest, along with her portrait photography and life-writing work, have been published internationally online and in print. Holdsworth previously held the position of Deputy Editor of Performing Arts for Europe, Asia and Australasia at Artinfo magazine group where she wrote features and reviews about plays, film, dance, opera and music. Her articles have been translated into twelve languages. 

Holdsworth is the author of The Dagger Pole, the life-story of Grammy nominated artist J ‘Jus Bus’ Nation. She has worked as a developmental and structural book editor for memoirists and fiction writers from across the globe. 

She was awarded second prize at the Athenaeum Writer’s Award for her short stories Whatever the Cost May Be and Bad Things. Good People and was invited to record her prize-winning stories in audio form for a reading on BBC Radio. Holdsworth has also received awards and accolades for her work in theatre as a director and actor, including recognition from the BBC for her ground-breaking work with the BBC Shakespeare festival. She received the Blue Coat Silver Plate Award for her dedication to Shakespeare and the arts – the only recipient of the award to have received it for outstanding artistic achievement. 

Holdsworth holds a BA (hons) degree in English and Drama from Goldsmiths, University of London where she adapted The New Yorker short story Valetudinarian for stage. She also holds an Oxford University certificate in Writing Lives (advanced).

Born in Antigua, and raised largely in the UK, P. E. Holdsworth now lives in Lancashire, England where she is working on a manuscript for her debut memoir. 


P. E. Holdsworth's Latest News


The Good Life Column Launch

Personal essays & musings on how to live life well


Chester Literature Festival

Travel writing and fiction writing from life


A Month in Lisbon

Living and writing in Portugal's capital

Recent Articles

Image by Brigitte Tohm

The Good Life: Learning to Live Again

It was three years ago. I was completely fucked.

In and out of hospital, barely able to haul my petrified body out of bed. Diagnoses of leptospirosis, post viral syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, postural hypotension, sensory intolerance, multiple food intolerances, oesophagitis, gastritis, peripheral neuropathy, neurological damage, histamine intolerance, anxiety, and ‘tropical disease unspecified’ attached themselves to my identity with more velocity than getting five different colours permanently streaked through my hair and buying baggy ripped jeans did when I was seventeen—who was I now? A medical anomaly. A sick person. Fucked.

The Good Life: How to Embrace your 1920s Self

Mine is a familiar story. Woman in the 2020s has a plethora of demands on her, yet thinks she has it all under control. Turns out she doesn’t have it under control whatsoever, and so lies awake at night in a mild panic. Eventually plays sleep story via a meditation app to quell the impending to-do-list doom. Woman enjoys sleep story set in the 1920s so much that she heads out the next morning, buys a time machine, and waves goodbye to her 2020 cares. Bliss.

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Discover the Best Tram in Lisbon

Once the tram arrives, you step up into the perfectly preserved carriage and take a seat on one of the many available leather seats, enjoying the breeze through the open window as it trundles along to Avenida Engenheiro Duarte Pacheco. Here you can hop off and amble up the road to Amoreiras Shopping Centre—home to not only a peaceful shopping experience of big and small brands alike—but also the building in which you will find the highest miradouro(look out point) in Lisbon. For €5 per person, you can ride the lift to the centre’s rooftop for the Amorieiras 360˚ experience where you can take in views that stretch across the postcard rooftops, down to the River Tagus, and out towards the monumental statue of Christ the King across the river’s shores.

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Things you might like to know

Will you write for our publication?

One of the reasons P. E. Holdsworth loves working freelance is because it allows the opportunity to work with different publications, brands and personalities on a wide array of projects. Please do get in touch if you would like to invite Holdsworth to write for your anthology, magazine, website or blog.

Will you work with our brand?

Holdsworth is always open to hearing from brands that feel they could be a good match and would like to invite her to join an affiliate programme or to try their product. Please get in touch either by email to peholdsworth@gmail.com or via direct message on Instagram.

Are you represented by an agent?

To date, P. E. Holdsworth has not contacted any literary agencies regarding her work. If you are an agent interested in representing P. E. Holdsworth then please do get in touch.

Will you guest speak at an event or be a guest on my podcast?

P. E. Holdsworth is always happy to talk books, writing, or to candidly give insights into her personal journey through life as she is a big believer in the universality of human experience and the connection this can bring, (one of the reasons she is drawn to life-writing as a genre). It has also been noted by friends, family and perfect strangers that she is generally quite 'chatty'. Please do get in touch.

Can I send you my book?

If you are a professional publishing house and feel P. E. Holdsworth would enjoy a new release you have, then please feel free to get in touch. At this present time Holdsworth does not accept books for review directly from authors, though if you are interested in hiring P. E. Holdsworth to help you with your book project then please feel free to get in touch.

Can I work with you as an editing client?

If you would like to discuss how you can work with P. E. Holdsworth on your manuscript then please get in touch for rates and further information. Whatever stage of the writing process you are at she is here to help.

Will you write my book for me?

At the present time Holdsworth is not accepting ghost writing projects. If you would like her help bringing your idea to life yourself, then please get in touch to discuss developmental editing options.



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