with Vivian Pham and Andrew Pippos / Chaired by Lur Alghurabi
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In Andrew Pippos’ lively debut Lucky’s, his eponymous soldier stays in Sydney after World War II to forge a life amongst the Greek diaspora and the homey diners they establish on each corner, to which he adds with a string of initially successful franchises. The Coconut Children is an evocative coming of age story of a schoolgirl and a community, written in and about contemporary Cabramatta by the prodigiously talented 19 year-old Vivian Pham. These compelling, vibrant stories remind us how Australia is shaped and lifted by the waves of immigration that reach our shores.
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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. Her debut book, The Coconut Children, was published in March 2020.
A former journalist, Andrew Pippos has a doctorate in Creative Writing and tutors at the University of Technology, Sydney. He lives in Sydney’s inner west. Lucky’s is his first novel.
Lur is an Iraqi and Australian writer, poet and playwright. In 2017 she won the Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Writers under 30, and was shortlisted for the Deborah Cass Prize for Migrant Writers. Her work has been widely published in Australia and the US. She has recently completed a Master’s degree in Creative Writing at the University of Oxford.