Storytelling with Elena Arevalo Melville • Vision RCL

Storytelling with Elena Arevalo Melville

A drawing/writing family workshop with author Elena Arevalo Melville

In her award winning picture book Umbrella, an ordinary looking yet magical umbrella grants those in the park what they need, in the spirit of empathy and community. But perhaps not everyone in that park has understood how it works… Come and explore the world of Umbrella where the magic of sharing comes alive. Following a reading of the book, writer and illustrator Elena Arevalo Melville will guide you through some steps to draw and write your wishes onto card. Elena cannot make wishes come true, but in this magical family workshop, she hopes to make your wishes come together. 

Book Blurb – Umbrella (Scallywag Press)

A surreal and magical tale of empathy, kindness and community.

When Clara considerately places a lost umbrella on a bench, it grants her a wish. So unfolds a magical chain of events featuring an elephant, musical butterflies and a naughty fox who learns his lesson.


Elena Arevalo Melville grew up in tropical Guatemala, and now lives in Cambridge with her Lancashire partner and children.  She has an MA in Children’s book illustration from Cambridge School of Art. She is a mother, a writer, an illustrator, a cartographer and leads workshops and art clubs in comics and art for children and adults.

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Saturday, 15 Jul 2023
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Ages: 3 to 6