A vivid picture of Cabramatta, The Coconut Children is a powerful ode to modern Australia by debut novelist Vivian Pham. It has elicited praise from the likes of Dave Eggers, who hailed it as a “deeply felt and intimate coming-of-age novel” by “one of the indispensable voices of her generation”, while Paul Kelly called it “fierce, frank and funny”. Sheila Ngoc Pham sits down with Vivian to discuss her urgent, moving and wise debut by an exciting new voice in Australian fiction.
Vivian Pham (Australian)
Vivian Pham is a fiction writer, closet poet, amateur screenwriter, university student and hopeful dropout if everything goes to plan. Her father was a boat refugee, and she grew up writing stories because she knew there was one stuck inside of him. The Coconut Children is her debut novel.
Sheila Ngoc Pham (Australian)
Sheila Ngoc Pham is a writer, producer and radiomaker. She regularly writes for a wide range of literary and mainstream publications, and is a judge for the 2020 NSW Premier's Literary Awards. Sheila has held digital and editorial roles at the ABC and continues to produce radio documentaries and stories for ABC Radio National, most recently Tongue Tied and Fluent, a five-part series exploring multilingualism in Australia.