Panel Discussion: Criminal Speculations

Artist: Will Yeoman, Alexander Thorpe and Karen Whittle-Herbert
Category: Writers


2 October 2021


4:30pm - 5:15pm


45 minutes


York Town Hall (Lesser Hall)



Crime fiction refuses to die and is more popular than ever, and its combination of entertainment and interrogation of society’s ills has made it a firm favourite with a diverse range of readers. Join crime novelists Karen Herbert and Alexander Thorpe and journalist Will Yeoman as they try to uncover the mystery behind this extraordinary phenomenon. Includes audience Q&A


Karen Whittle-Herbert spent her childhood in Geraldton on the midwest coast of Australia, attending local schools before moving to Perth to study at the University of Western Australia where she attained a Bachelor of Commerce with First Class Honours. Karen lives in Perth, Western Australia with her husband, Ross, and the occasional fledgling. The River Mouth is Karen’s debut novel. Her second book, Cast Aways, is a contagion story set in a retirement village. Cast Aways will be published by Fremantle Press in 2022.

Alexander Thorpe is an emerging crime writer, though what exactly he is emerging from is unclear. With a love of language and an appetite for golden-age mysteries, he writes historical cosy crime set in Western Australia. His work plays with genre conventions, unpacking social expectations and prejudice with wry humour. Based in the southern suburbs of Perth, he spends his time digging through old newspapers, listening to miserable music and trying to keep plants alive. Death Leaves the Station is his first novel.


Travel writer Will Yeoman has been a journalist for The West Australian for nearly 15 years, during which time he has held the positions of Literary Editor and Senior Arts Writer. He is a former director of Perth Festival Writers Week and New Norcia Writers Festival.


Acknowledgement of Country

The York Festival acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land on which we gather, the Ballardong Noongar people, and their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging and we extend that respect to other First Australians today.

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