Oliver Phommavanh loves to make people laugh, whether it’s on the page writing humour for kids or on stage as a stand-up comedian. He also shares his passion for writing with kids, using his experience as a primary school teacher. Oliver’s books may be packed with laughs, but they are cherished for the heartfelt stories and authentic characters living in a modern, multicultural Australia.
As a comedian, Oliver has appeared on stage, and on national TV and radio. He has also appeared in numerous anthologies such as Growing Up Asian in Australia, Total Quack Up, Trust Me Too and in the 2016 CBCA Notable Book, Rich and Rare.
Oliver is a vibrant and positive voice for cultural diversity in children’s literature and has appeared in many writers, arts and comedy festivals across Australia and Asia. In between festival appearances, he travels the country doing author talks at schools.
Oliver’s books include Thai-riffic! (which has been adapted for the stage by The Theatre Division in 2017), Con-nerd, Punchlines, The Other Christy and Natural Born Loser. His latest book is Don’t Follow Vee, about a daughter of an Instagram Mum.