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)

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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)

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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.