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Oliver Phommavanh

Oliver Phommavanh is a fresh and positive voice for multiculturalism. He's Aussie born and bred, but comes from a Thai/Laotian background.

Oliver loves to make people laugh. Back at school, Oliver was a class clown, making kids laugh and getting in trouble with teachers. Now he's a stand up comedian, still making kids laugh and sometimes getting in trouble as a casual primary school teacher.

Oliver's most recent book is The Other Christy, a touching and funny tale about quirky families, sweet desserts and two girls who find out they have a lot more in common than just their name. It was published June 2016 by Penguin Random House Australia.

In 2008 Oliver was published in the Growing Up Asian in Australia anthology. He has featured on panels at the Sydney Writers' Festival, performed at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and has appeared on national TV and radio as well as appearing at a number of well-known comedy venues such as the Comedy Store in Sydney.

In his personal appearances and workshops, Oliver uses his stand up comic and teaching skills to deliver engaging talks with a zany edge. He uses humour and drama to communicate ideas about narrative and content, getting students to help him come up with characters and story ideas, so that they can leave with interesting idea starters to work on.

Published in June 2010 to critical acclaim, Oliver's first book - Thai-riffic! - is about a Thai kid named Lengy, who just wants to be a normal Aussie kid. He doesn't want to be Thai anymore, which proves to be a challenge, given that his parents run the best Thai restaurant in town. Oliver followed this with Con-nerd in 2011, which is a down to earth, gently funny story, inspired by some of the kids that Oliver has taught. It's about discovering your own gifts and talents while at the same time dealing with the pressure of school and family expectations.

Oliver features in two recent anthologies - Things A Map Won't Show You, (Penguin), and Trust Me Too, (Ford Street Publishing). His third and fourth books, Punchlines and More Thai-riffic!, were published in March and August 2012 respectively.

If kids are into Morris Gleitzman and Andy Griffiths, there's an awesome chance that they'll love Oliver's wacky humour too.

February 2017: Click here: Oliver on SkyNews talking about children's education