How is a picture book made? Which comes first: the words or artwork? Find out when writer Davina Bell and illustrator Allison Colpoys take you through the making of their beautiful book Under the Love Umbrella. Starting with scribbles and moving on to choosing colours, developing characters and eventually adding the final touches, Davina and Allison will unpack the whole process to show you that there's more to creating a picture book than meets the eye. Rec. age 5+.


Free, bookings essential. Maximum 4 tickets per event per booking. Collect your pre-booked tickets for events at these venues from the information booth on Pier 4/5 on the day (all uncollected tickets will be released 15 minutes prior to each session).

Davina Bell (Australian)

Davina Bell

Davina Bell is a writer for young people of many ages, and a children’s book editor. Her award-winning and Notable picture books include All the Ways To Be Smart, All of the Factors of Why I Love Tractors, Under the Love Umbrella, The Underwater Fancy-dress Parade, Oh Albert! and Hattie Helps Out.