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Sabrina Malcolm

Sabrina Malcolm 2018-627Sabrina was born in Michigan, but grew up on a farm near Nelson. After secondary school she studied in Christchurch, first science and music, then design and illustration, and subsequently worked as an illustrator in the public service. She later moved to Wellington, and while raising a child with her partner Phil and working part-time as a freelance designer/illustrator, furthered her qualifications in illustration and began studying and writing fiction. She has worked as a writer, illustrator, designer, design tutor and singer, and now lives again in Nelson.
Selected bibliography:


  • Koro’s Medicine, written by Melanie Drewery (Huia, 2004)
  • The Flytrap Snaps, written by Johanna Knox (Hinterlands Publishing, 2011)
  • The Sundew Stalks, written by Johanna Knox (Hinterlands Publishing, 2013)

Writing and illustration

  • Blue Moon Bird, picture book (Scholastic New Zealand, 2013)


  • Zeustian Logic, Young Adult novel (Gecko Press, 2017)
  • Koro’s Medicine, Storylines Notable Book 2005
  • Koro’s Medicine shortlisted in New Zealand Post Children’s Picture Book Awards 2005
  • Koro’s Medicine a White Ravens book (2006)
  • Gold pin for excellence in design in Designers’ Institute of New Zealand Best Design Awards, 2010
  • The Flytrap Snaps shortlisted in the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards 2012
  • The Flytrap Snaps shortlisted in LIANZA Esther Glen Award 2012
  • The Flytrap Snaps, Storylines Notable Book 2012
  •  Zeustian Logic,  Storylines Notable Book 2018


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