Michael Leunig (born 2 June 1945), typically referred to as Leunig (his signature on his cartoons), is an Australian cartoonist, poet, artist, philosopher and cultural commentator. His best known works include The Curly Pyjama Letters, cartoon books The Essential Leunig, The Wayward Leunig, The Stick, Goatperson, Short Notes from the Long History of Happiness and Curly Verse, among others and The Lot, a scrap book of his ‘Curly World’ newspaper columns. Leunig has as well as written a autograph album of prayers, When I Talk To You. He was acknowledged an Australian Living Treasure by the National Trust of Australia in 1999.
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