After the Event: David Whish-Wilson
On the 12th of November twenty eight enthusiastic readers gathered at Manning Library for Words with Wine. Softly spoken David Whish-Wilson skilfully drew us into his vivid memories of Perth in the 70’s and 80’s. David’s relaxed writing style in his crime fiction matches the feel of the ‘out west cowboy town’ feeling of the era. Tales of the evolution of the characters in his books and how he collected their stories had us delighted and reminiscent for the full hour; clandestine meetings on golf courses & chats over espressos in the then seedy Fremantle, the complicated & frightening politics of the street & the opportunistic thugs who worked it.
The stories of our expansive city on the threshold of the mining boom and the opportunities that presented for corruption and thievery kept us thoroughly entertained.
We then moved on to his newest book; Perth & David’s reading, had us smiling knowingly at the memories of swimming with the big brown jellyfish in the river, with the sun on our backs & the flathead underfoot. The writing style is more lyrical & sweeping; personal reflections mixed with history & the stories of relatively unknown yet unique Perth people.
The end of the evening came all too soon! We hope to have David back with more stories next year, in the meantime you can keep up with David by following him: