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New Reviews, interviews and events

Andrew Nette, crime writer and editor at Crime Factory has just posted an extensive 2-part interview with me at his Pulp Curry blog - http://www.pulpcurry.com/2011/05/david-whish-wilson-interview-part-1/

Tomorrow, Thurs 5 May I'm signing books at Borders Perth between 12-2, for Mother's Day. 

I'm also being interviewed this friday by Peter Waltham at Curtin FM Radio.

Beaufort Street Books - Literary Lounge

'Tis always a joy to discover a new bookshop. Beaufort Street Books, down there on...well, Beaufort Street, Mt Lawley, which has been opened not too long now, has for the past months been having writer and winemaking nights. With not many live events at Perth bookshops these days, and the industry struggling to compete with online providers, it was a real pleasure to be invited to speak on Wednesday night in what is the third literary event but part of a program designed to continue throughout the year.

The Mary Smokes Boys – Patrick Holland, Transit Lounge, 2010

Patrick Holland’s terrific second novel The Mary Smokes Boys begins with its main character, a ten year old Grey North watching fireworks flame up into the sky, the sights of children his own age enjoying rides at an exhibition fairground seen from his position at a hospital window, having just found out that his mother has died giving birth to his new sister, Irene.

Time's Long Ruin - Stephen Orr, Wakefield Press, 2010

Every city has one. A crime story that despite its enormity is never solved, where in the face of the lack of an answer people are forced to provide their own theories, legends, myths. The murder of Shirley Finn in Perth is one such story, the disappearance of Juanita Neilson in Sydney another.

Stephen Orr’s recent novel, Time's Long Ruin (Wakefield Press 2010) examines the improbable and troubling disappearance of three young children from a crowded Adelaide beach, in 1960 (linked very closely the disappearance of the three Beaumont children in Adelaide, in 1966.)

The Vintage and the Gleaning - Jeremy Chambers, Text, 2010

          The narrator of Jeremy Chamber’s fine debut novel The Vintage and the Gleaning, Smithy, has given up a lifetime of drinking as a result of his ruined guts (we suspect it might be terminal.) Once a ‘gun shearer’, a bloke who’s worked and played hard all his life, noted for his strength and work ethic, Smithy now labours in a vineyard somewhere in North-East Victoria.

Perth Writers Festival and other upcoming events

I'll be appearing at the following sessions/workshop at the Perth Writers Festival in a few weeks time, at the University of Western Australia:

Workshop: David Whish-Wilson - Crime writing

Every which way but up: multiple voices and crime story structure. With reference to television series such as The Wire, The Killing and Oz, and from fiction as varied as Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Agent to the novels of George Pelecanos, this workshop will focus on making crime fiction from the points-of-view of multiple characters.

Bereft - Chris Womersley - Scribe, 2010

When he is sixteen years old Quinn Walker’s beloved sister goes missing during a memorably fierce storm. Soon after, Quinn is discovered by his father and uncle, in a disused shed by the town weir, bloody knife in his hand, his sister raped and dead before them.

The Half-Child - Angela Savage, Text, 2010

When I was eighteen I landed a job as a shitkicker on a Paraburdoo iron ore mine up in the Pilbara. It was a strange gig being eighteen working in a place where for every woman there were probably 150 men, natural beauty of the Karinjini gorge country aside. I saved up some money and headed back to Perth. My plan was to head overseas for a few months surfing and travelling around SE Asia. My only problem was that I only had about 700AUD and I didn't know anybody anywhere, or anything about anything for that matter.

Traitor - Stephen Daisley, Text, 2010

I recently came back from a few days tour of the Somme region with my father and brother, who both served in the armed forces as younger men. My father wanted to see where his grandfather had served as a stretcher bearer, before being gassed and sent home, where he spent the next years bedridden - too weak to do anything except struggle to breathe, before he mercifully died. The horrific numbers and the tragic stories from the Somme battlefields are well known.

Below the Styx - Michael Meehan, A&U, 2010

Crime fiction is a broad church, and academic Michael Meehan's most recent novel is a psychological exploration of a murder committed by the central character, Martin Frobisher.

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