Zee Southcombe is an author/illustrator, book artist, and maker of zines who works from her home studio in East Otago – where river, sea, and farmland meet. She’s published a children’s fantasy series, anthologies & creative non-fiction, colouring books, and a variety of zines.

Zee’s work now focuses on mixed media projects including handmade journals, photographs, zines, and collage. When not playing with paper in her studio (or on her ukulele!) Zee can be found outside in the garden or enjoying a quiet cup of tea.


Hamilton Zinefest: Guest speaker, May 2018
Lexicon, 38th Annual SFF Convention: GeekCraft panelist, June 2017
Lexicon, 38th Annual SFF Convention: Out of the Background panelist, June 2017
Booksellers NZ Conference: Self-publishing panelist, 2016


Books As Art Exhibition: Highly Commended “Into The Woods” June 2018
Lexicon, 38th Annual SSF Convention, Art Competition: Second place, June 2016
Sir Julius Vogel Awards: Finalist “The Caretaker of Imagination” June 2016
Sir Julius Vogel Awards: Finalist “Lucy’s Story: The End of the World” June 2016


Pantograph Punch: Far From Vanity, July 2018
Otago Daily Times: Books Take On Fantastic Forms, June 2018

Wellington Access Radio: Happiness interview , June 2017
Couragemakers Podcast: Featured Guest, June 2017
Felt Feature: Meet the Maker, Feb 2017

The Itchy Kraken: Featured Author, Nov 2016
What’s Good: Zinefest Feature, July 2016
Eastlife Magazine: Feature Interview, June 2016

More FM: Radio Review (Bookiemonster), May 2015
Eastlife Magazine: Feature Interview, April 2015