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For other areas and questions, please contact me.

I’m available for speaking at schools, doing author talks and writing workshops. I’m happy to speak for ages 8 to 15 (grades 4 to 9) and can do anything from small groups to whole grades.

I can cover a range of topics such as.

  • 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 and how it links back to Thai-riffic! and Thai-no-mite (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
  • Multiculturism/Asian Australians in books.

St Leonard’s College were delighted to have Oliver Phommavanh come and speak with our Year 5/6 students the week after Book Week. Oliver was incredible funny as he shared how his personal stories became inspiration for many of his book or character ideas. He had the audience engaged from start to finish and students are asking can he come back next year! A fantastic experience for our students and especially a small group of reluctant readers who are now asking for his books.
-Jahanna Parry, Library Teacher, St Leonards College, Brighton, August 2018
The students loved Oliver, he was engaging and has inspired the students with their writing and reading his books
-Michelle Logan, Southern Cross Catholic College, August 2018

“Oliver enthralled our students by his very humorous and energetic presentation. Students remained engaged and involved for the full hour and were inspired to read, write and imagine. His writing workshop also captivated students who were focused on improving their skills of developing characters and plot. As many of the students commented, Oliver’s visit was awesome!” 

-Lynette Spies, Burnside Public School, August 2018

Where will I be?

August 16th: Southern Cross Catholic College

August 17th: St Augustine’s College

August 20th: Caddies Creek P.S

August 21st: Beacon Hill P.S

August 22nd: Belrose P.S

August 23rd: Chatswood P.S

August 24th: St Bernard’s P.S (Berowra Heights)

August 27th: St Leonard’s College-Brighton

August 28th: Marist-Sion College, Warragul

August 29th: Stonnington Library 

August 30th: Ai-Taqwa College

August 31st: St Michael’s Grammar School

September 3rd: St Peter Chanel’s

September 4th: Thirroul P.S

September 5th: Cabramatta P.S

September 6th: Burnside P.S

September 10th: Ashcroft H.S

September 11th: Thornton P.S

September 12th: Claremont College

September 13th: Glendening P.S

September 17th: St Thomas, Willoughly

September 18th-19th: Bookstore visits in Brisbane

September 20th: Australian Reading Hour event, Yetman. 

September 25th: Kings School

September 28th-29th: NEEV festival, Bangalore India.

October 11-13th: Burdekin Readers and Writers festival, Townsville

November 19-20th: International School of Bangkok

November 21st: Ekamai International School

November 22nd-23rd, 26th: NIST International School

November 27-28th: Brighton College

November 29th: Shrewsbury International School

November 30th: RBIS (Rasami British International School)

December 3rd: Wellington College

December 4th, 6th: Bangkok Patana School

December 7th: ASB – American School of Bangkok

February 21st-23rd 2019: Adelaide Fringe Festival (doing stand up comedy!)

February 25th: SCBWI Sydney Conference