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at Banquet Room, The Capital, Bendigo's Performing Arts Centre

Under the Love Umbrella Storytelling and Illustration Workshop: Bendigo

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 Bendigo Writers Festival.


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, 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 same award in 2018 (both illustrated by Allison Colpoys). She is also author of the ‘Alice' books in the best-selling Our Australian Girl series.

Portrait of Allison Colpoys

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 ParadeUnder the Love UmbrellaIf All the World Were... and All the Ways To Be Smart.

As well as receiving numerous Australian Book Design Awards for her illustration and cover design, she has won the CBCA Crichton Award for Best New Talent and an Australian Book Industry Award. As a freelancer, Allison is represented by the Jacky Winter Group.

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 series of events for the younger readers in your life: Wheeler Kids. Roll up and enjoy!

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