Creative duo Davina Bell and Allison Colpoys make beautiful picture books that are loved by children and adults alike. Their best-sellers The Underwater Fancy-dress Parade and Under The Love Umbrella present the perfect marriage of Davina’s words and Allison’s illustrations. Drawing on their own experiences as creators and professionals within the book industry, they unpack the children’s book market and share what publishers are looking for. They also take you through the illustration process and provide practical tips on submitting your manuscript.

On receipt of booking, we will ask you to confirm any special requirements, including access needs. While not all rooms in Science House are fully accessible, we are committed to ensuring that all participants can attend all workshops.

With thanks to NYU Sydney.

Davina Bell (Australian)

Davina Bell is a writer and editor. Davina's first novels for middle-grade readers, The Alice Stories, were part of the hugely successful Our Australian Girl series. Her first picture book, The Underwater Fancy-dress Parade, was illustrated by the award-winning book designer Allison Colpoys, and their latest title together is Under the Love Umbrella.

Allison Colpoys (Australian)

Allison Colpoys is an award-winning book designer and illustrator. 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.