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David Whish-Wilson: the truth behind crime fiction

Author of the Frank Swann series, David Whish-Wilson, discusses writing crime fiction inspired by true events, introducing creative writing to the prison system, balancing anxiety with writing, and much more.

David Whish-Wilson is the master of hard-boiled crime, and the author of seven novels and three creative non-fiction books. His most recent novel, Shore Leave, is the latest in the Frank Swann series.


The first book of the series, Line of Sight, was shortlisted for a Ned Kelly award. It was based on one of the most fascinating unsolved cases in WA's history, the murder of brothel madam Shirley Finn. The case sparked David's interest while he was teaching creative writing at Casuarina Prison. One of his students, was Shirley Finn's son.


David's crime writing continues to draw on real events, entertaining readers while offering an insight into Perth's history.


David also coordinates the creative writing program at Curtin University, passing decades of experience on to the future generation of writers


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