Virtual Talk: The History of the Mystery with Jo Henwood
There are secrets to be revealed and mysteries to be solved…
Everyone knows the first mystery story was Edgar Allan Poe’s “Murders in the Rue Morgue”, that women began writing mysteries in Britain in the 20s and 30s, that the longest mystery series was by Georges Simenon, and that the first Australian mystery was Fergus Hume’s “Mystery of the Hansom Cab” – but none of this is true.
Join us as we search for clues, undeterred by red herrings, led by sleuths from the pens of Christie, Doyle, Chandler, and many more, as we uncover the history of the mystery literary genre!
Some of the topics Jo will cover in this fascinating talk are:
- Mysteries before Mysteries
- The influence of true crime
- Which was the first?
- Sherlock Holmes
- Pre war
- Around the world
- The Golden Age
Free online event – everyone welcome!
Join us at 1.30pm for our second Mystery & Crime Day event – True Crime Stories from Sydney’s History with Tanya Bretherton. Find out more and register here!
About Jo Henwood
Jo Henwood has been a Tour Guide since 1998, working primarily as a site Guide and Education Officer in many heritage sites around Sydney, building a rich understanding of Sydney’s history and culture, particularly around the Harbour. Jo is passionate about sharing stories about Sydney’s history, leading her own walking tours in Windsor and Liverpool, and women’s history tours of Sydney.
Jo is an Accredited Storyteller with Australian Storytellers, an accredited Professional Guide with the Institute of Australian Tour Guides, and a member of Interpretation Australia and the Australian Folklore Network. She coordinates the Australian Fairy Tale Society.
Jo’s qualifications include BA (Library Science), Tour Guiding Cert III, Grad Dip Museum Studies, Grad Cert Gifted Ed, and M. Cultural Heritage.