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Take Home Reading: Vivian Pham

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Photograph of Vivian Pham next to the cover of her book, ‘The Coconut Children’ which features the title in white lettering, partly woven into a purple mess resembling yarn or hair

Take Home Reading is a new short-form audio series for readers and writers – shining a spotlight on Australian writers with recently released books. In each instalment, you’ll be introduced to a writer, learn a little about what they’ve been reading lately, and hear a short reading from their latest work. 

For the first batch of episodes, we’ve partnered with our friends at the Emerging Writers’ Festival to spotlight four brilliant new voices from around Australia writing across fiction, memoir and poetry. 

In this episode we’re talking to Vivian Pham about her debut novel, The Coconut Children

The Coconut Children tells the fierce and moving story of Sonny and Vince, both children of refugees living in Cabramatta in 1998. 

'They’re both growing up and trying to figure out who they are, but they’re also trying to understand their parents. It's through the stories that their parents tell them that they feel a connection towards their culture and their ancestors... It’s equally about how the stories that are withheld from them shape who they are, and the way they see themselves.'

The Coconut Children is out now through Penguin Random House.

Who?

Portrait of Vivian Pham

Vivian Pham

Vivian Pham is a Vietnamese-Australian fiction writer, closet poet, amateur screenwriter, university student and hopeful dropout if any of the aforementioned ventures take flight. 

In 2018 and 2019, Vivian attended the International Congress of Youth Voices and shared a stage with incongruously successful writers and activists like Dave Eggers, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Rep. John Lewis and Khaled Hosseini. It is her greatest hope to have an impact on political issues through her creative work. 

Portrait of Stella Charls

Stella Charls

Stella is the Wheeler Centre's Programming Coordinator.

An emerging arts manager and event producer, Stella was previously the Marketing and Events Coordinator for Readings, and the Festival Manager for the National Young Writers’ Festival, Australia’s largest gathering of young and innovative writers working in both new and traditional forms.

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