David Whish-Wilson

David Whish-Wilson is the author of eight novels and three creative non-fiction books. He was born in Newcastle, NSW but raised in Singapore, Victoria and WA. He left Australia aged eighteen to live for a decade in Europe, Africa and Asia, where he worked as a barman, actor, streetseller, petty criminal, labourer, exterminator, factory worker, gardener, clerk, travel agent, teacher and drug trial guinea pig.

David’s first novel in the Frank Swann crime series, Line of Sight (Penguin Australia) was shortlisted for a Ned Kelly Award in 2012. He has since written three more in the series – the first three being published in Germany by Suhrkamp Verlag. David wrote the Perth book in the NewSouth Books city series, which was short-listed for a WA Premiers Book Award. Three of David’s crime novels have been published in Germany by Suhrkamp Verlag.

David also teaches in the prison system in Perth and previously in Fiji, where he started the countries first prisoner writing program.

He currently lives in Fremantle, Western Australia with his partner and three kids, where he teaches creative writing at Curtin University.

Books from this author

How to Be an Author
NEW
Shore Leave
True West
The Coves
Old Scores
Derby

Awards

Ned Kelly Award (Shortlisted 2011, 2020)
Curtin University Faculty of Humanities Minor Creative Work of the Year (Winner 2015)
Patricia Hackett Prize for best short story published in Westerly (Winner 2014)
Curtin University Faculty of Humanities Book of the Year Award (Winner 2014)
Western Australian Premier’s Award (Shortlisted 2014)
Curtin University Faculty of Humanities Creative Work of the Year Award (Winner 2011)