Matt Ottley

Matt Ottley was born in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, where he spent the first eleven and a half years of his life. After almost failing high school in Sydney, he lived the itinerate life of a stockman for some years on cattle stations in Queensland, before returning to Sydney to study fine arts and music. He then lived in the UK for three years, working as an equestrian artist, painting some of Britains leading polo ponies and thoroughbreds. He is now one of Australia’s most popular children’s author/illustrators, and has been published in several different languages around the world. He also works as a composer and as a flamenco guitarist.

Some things Matt loves are: Mangoes, woodworking, snakes and fruit bats. For many years now Matt has worked as a volunteer wildlife rescuer, specialising in snakes and bats.