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

Davina Bell is an award-winning writer for young readers of many ages and a children's book editor. She writes picture books including All the Ways to be Smart and Under the Love Umbrella with Allison Colpoys, junior fiction title Lemonade Jones and middle-grade fiction series the Corner Park Clubhouse series and Our Australian Girl. She lives in Melbourne, where she works as the Senior Editor on the kids list at independent publisher Affirm Press.

Allison Colpoys (Australian)

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 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.