#About the event
Sami Bayly is an emerging author-illustrator who’s stunning Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Animals series shows her love for all things weird and wonderful in the natural world. She’s covered animals that are ‘ugly,’ dangerous, and who make peculiar pairs, and in her conversation with Sarah Davis, she discusses what drew her to these specific types of animals and what she will illustrate next.
Sami is 26 years old and is currently based in Newcastle, NSW. She has released three books in the Illustrated Encyclopaedia series and has just released her fourth book (the first of a new of a new series), called How We Came To Be - Surprising Sea Creatures, published by Lothian - Hachette Australia. With a bachelor of Natural History Illustration (Honours) at UoN, she is trained in scientific illustration and loves to try new mediums and techniques, as she never knows what style she might fall in love with next. She loves to illustrate any animal that can be defined as weird, wonderful or even ugly!
Sarah Davis is a multiple award-winning illustrator, and associate art director for Walker Books Australia. She won the CBCA Crichton Illustration Award for her first picture book, Mending Lucille, in 2009, and since then has gone on to illustrate over 50 titles, in a range of styles and genres. She has an Honours degree in literature, and her love of language and narrative underpins her illustration work. With each project she experiments with new ways to construct visual narratives, working across a range of media. Sarah has collaborated with many major publishing houses and commercial clients across Australia, New Zealand, the USA and the UK. An experienced presenter with a teaching background, she regularly speaks at schools, festivals and universities throughout Australia and internationally. Sarah is also proud to be an ambassador for Room to Read.