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Under the Love Umbrella Storytelling and Illustration Workshop: Benalla

Whatever you fear, come close my dear
You’re tucked in safe for always here

And I will never not be near
Because of our love umbrella

Author Davina Bell and illustrator Allison Colpoys produce the kind of charming picture books that quickly become cherished objects in the lives of their readers. Their latest, Under the Love Umbrella, is a celebration of the loving support networks that help to keep us safe.

In this workshop – perfect for ages five to ten – Davina and Allison will share how they work together to create their delightful, quietly touching modern allegories, rendered in wild technicolour. Budding authors and artists will learn how to pair words and pictures – and pops of colour – to tell the stories that matter most to them.

Get under the love umbrella for a morning with an energetic pair of creative sparks.

Presented in partnership with Benalla Performing Arts and Convention Centre.


Portrait of Allison Colpoys

Allison Colpoys

Allison Colpoys is an award-winning book designer and illustrator, and a lover of pattern and typography. A previous Senior Designer at Penguin Books Australia, she now works in-house at Scribe Publications, and freelances through the Jacky Winter group.

Allison’s first illustrated picture book, The Underwater Fancy-dress Parade, won two Australian Book Design Awards, an Australian Book Industry Award and the CBCA’s Crichton Award for the Best New Talent.

Portrait of Davina Bell

Davina Bell

Davina Bell is a writer from Western Australia. She is the author of the award-winning picture book The Underwater Fancy-dress Parade (illustrated by Allison Colpoys), which won the 2016 Australian Book Industry Award for Best Children’s Book from a Small Publisher, as well as the Alice books in the best-selling Our Australian Girl series. For six years, she was a Senior Editor at Penguin Books in the Young Readers Division, where she worked with some of our country’s most beloved children’s book creators.

Davina lives and works in Melbourne, where she still dreams about the Western Australian beaches while drinking a lot of very good Melbourne coffee.

Wheeler Kids

Immersion in literacy is one of the most important factors in determining the outcome of a child’s future – and nurturing a love of books and reading is part of that. Also, kids plus books and writing equals fun. We’re delighted to be presenting a new series of events for the younger reader in your life: Wheeler Kids. Roll up and enjoy!


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