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Asian Festival of Children’s Content
25–28 May 2023

Is it fair to assume that humorous children's books lack substance? The panel explores the perception that comedic books are less valuable than their serious counterparts and showcases the benefits that come with them. Join us for a lively discussion on how humor can be a powerful tool for children's learning and development.

Childrens Books Reading Writing for Children and Youths

Colin Goh

Colin Goh (Singapore)

Colin Goh created DIM SUM WARRIORS which has spawned a Scholastic graphic novel series, a bilingual children’s book series, a giant musical in China, and now an education technology startup. He also wrote and directed the award-winning movie “Singapore Dreaming” and drew cartoons for 2 New York Times bestsellers.

Oliver Phommavanh

Oliver Phommavanh (Australia)

Oliver Phommavanh loves to make people laugh, whether it’s on the page writing humour for kids or on stage as a stand-up comedian. He also shares his passion for writing with kids, using his experience as a primary school teacher. Oliver has performed at various comedy and writers festivals around Australia and Asia. Oliver’s recent books include Brain Freeze, Don’t Follow Vee and Natural Born Loser, and he is best known for Thai-riffic!, Con-nerd and The Other Christy.

Programme dates and times are subject to change.