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Under the Love Umbrella Storytelling and Illustration Workshop: Benalla


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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.


Allison Colpoys

Allison Colpoys is an award-winning designer and illustrator, and the Associate Art Director at Scribe Publications. Her picture books include The Underwater Fancy-dress Parade, Under the Love Umbrella, If All the World Were… and All the Ways To Be Smart. As well as receiving numerous Au... Read more

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, which won the 2016 Australian Book Industry Award for Best Children’s Book from a Small Publisher, and Under the Love Umbrella, which was shortlisted for the sam... Read more


Benalla Performing Arts and Convention Centre

57 Samaria Road, Benalla 3672 Australia

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