Oliver Phommavanh

Andrew Daddo

Oliver is a young Thai-Australian writer for children. In 2008 Oliver was published in the Growing Up Asian in Australia anthology and has featured on panels at the Sydney Writers’ Festival among many other appearances and blogs. He is a primary school teacher who shares his writing passion with kids and engages them with humour. He’s also a stand-up comedian and has appeared on national TV and radio as well as a number of well-known comedy venues such as the Comedy Store in Sydney. His first book, Thai-riffic!, was published in June 2010 to critical acclaim, followed by Con-nerd, Punchlines, Thai-No-Mite and Ethan.

In addition to general author talks and hands on writing workshops, Oliver can cover the following topics:

  • How to be an author-everything from gathering ideas to storylines.
  • Writing humour/jokes (including stand up comedy)
  • All about Thailand-a quick look at the land of smiles (ideal for harmony day and other multicultural events)
  • The publishing process, from the manuscript to the finished book.
  • Writing stories and entertaining narratives (can be modifed for NAPLAN)
  • Coming up with ideas for stories and characters
  • Multiculturalism /Asian Australians in books.


Oliver conducted a terrific workshop with our Stage 2 & 3 students. Not only was he able to discuss the ‘behind the scenes’ of his book ‘Thai-riffic’, he was able to involve the students in a variety of imaginative, relevant activities. They were engaged from start to finish and are still talking about the visit a week later! Being a primary teacher means that Oliver can communicate with students of different levels, while being a comedian means that he can make them laugh as well!”
Sharon McGuinness
Teacher Librarian, Thirroul PS

Visit Oliver at his website.


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