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Fifi Colston

Fifi Colston has had a richly varied career as a writer, illustrator, poet, wearable arts designer and costumer for the film industry. For seven years she presented arts and crafts on the children’s television programme What Now, and and on TV1’s Good Morning Show for a total of 13 years.
Fifi has illustrated more than 30 books and her work includes illustrations for the School Journal and trade publishers. In 2004 she graduated from Victoria University with an MA in Scriptwriting. Fifi is also a published fiction novelist, and her junior fiction novel Glory was shortlisted for the LIANZA Esther Glen Award for Junior Fiction. Her two recent non fiction titles about creative costuming for kids have won awards. She is currently working on more book illustration commissions, Wearable Art and running art and writing workshops with schools.

Selected bibliography:
  • Old Man and the Cat text by Anthony Holcroft (Whitcoulls 1984).
  • Rain text by Barbara Hill (Ashton Scholastic 1984).
  • Oldest Garden in China text by Anthony Holcroft (Whitcoulls 1985) 1985
  • Mr Magee Came Home for His Tea text by Janet Slater Redhead (Ashton Scholastic 1986).
  • Not Without Randolph text by Ruth Corrin (Ashton Scholastic 1993).
  • Fifi's Crafty Arts (Ashton Scholastic 1995).
  • Fifi's Crafty Arts 2 (Ashton Scholastic 1995).
  • Fifi's Festive Fun (Ashton Scholastic 1995).
  • Midnight Feast text by Elizabeth Pulford (Scholastic 1996).
  • Get Real Paddy Manson text by Ruth Corrin (HarperCollins 1996).
  • Toroa text by Te Aorere Riddell and photographs by Brian Gunson (Huia 2001).
  • Verity's Truth (Scholastic 2003).
  • Janie Olive: A Recipe for Disaster! (Scholastic 2005).
  • Waka Wairua: The Spirit Waka text by Yvonne Morrison (Reed 2005).
  • Papa's Island text by Melanie Drewery (Reed 2006).
  • Itiiti's Gift text by Melanie Drewery (Reed 2006).
  • Glory (Scholastic 2009).
  • The Red Poppy text by David Hill (Scholastic 2012).
  • Far, Far From Home text by Elizabeth Pulford (Scholastic 2012)
  • Wearable Wonders (Scholastic 2013)
  • Ghoulish Get Ups (Scholastic 2014)
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2006 Junior Fiction List for Janie Olive.
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2007 Picture Books List for Itiiti's Gift.
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2010 Junior Fiction List for Glory.
  • Esther Glen Award 2010 Finalist for Glory.
  •  Storylines Notable Book Award (Picture Books) 2013  for The Red Poppy
  • Finalist New Zealand Post Book Awards 2014 (Non fiction) for Wearable Wonders
  • Winner LIANZA Elsie Locke Award 2014 (Non fiction) for Wearable Wonders
  • Storylines Notable Book Award 2015 (Non fiction) for Ghoulish Get Ups
  • Finalist New Zealand Book Awards 2015 for Ghoulish Get Ups
  • Finalist Tessa Duder Award 2016 for YA fiction
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Page checked and updated February 2013.


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