Dive into the weird and wonderful world of animals with natural history illustrator and author Sami Bayly (The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Peculiar Pairs in Nature). Sami has always had a soft spot for the strange, unusual and (until now) unloved creatures of the natural world – and now you will too! Discover what bizarre, brilliant and beautiful things there are to be found in nature, from peculiar animal pairings to venomous creatures and spiky beasts, this session is perfect for lovers of the slimy and surreal.

This event is hosted by author, illustrator, literacy ambassador and professional mischief-maker Mick Elliott. 

Recommended for ages five and up.


Sami Bayly (Australian)

Sami Bayly

Sami Bayly is a natural history illustrator based in Tamworth, NSW, who loves all things weird and wonderful. She finds the beauty and importance of all animals regardless of their appearance, and hopes to share her appreciation with others. Sami's first two books, The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Ugly Animals, and The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Dangerous Animals have been the recipient of numerous awards. She has recently released her third book, The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Peculiar Pairs in Nature and can’t wait to produce more.

Mick Elliott (Australian)

Mick Elliott

Mick Elliott is an author, illustrator, literacy ambassador and professional mischief-maker. His debut trilogy, The Turners, was nominated for an Aurealis Award and his illustrated middle-grade series, Squidge Dibley, has been sold in six international territories. Mick has contributed stories and illustrations to many bestselling anthologies. His first picture book series will be released late 2023 by Walker Books. Mick has written and produced acclaimed children’s programs for Nickelodeon, the Sesame Workshop, Channel TEN and the ABC. He lives in Sydney with his family and their cavoodle named Gypsy.