Recent books published by Lasavia

 

Lasavia’s first publications have concentrated on new work by the co-founder of Lasavia Publishing, Mike Johnson, since these works were pretty much all ready to go. Future publications, however, will be more diversified.

 

   Confessions of a Cockroach/Headstone  , are two remarkable prose poems of novella length and are a unique literary endeavour.

Confessions of a Cockroach/Headstone, are two remarkable prose poems of novella length and are a unique literary endeavour.

   Two Lines and a Garden,   is a collection of poems.

Two Lines and a Garden, is a collection of poems.

   Swamp Gum ,  The discovery of body at a logging camp in Tasmania sparks an investigation that will expose everybody, loggers, protesters and politicians alike. A compelling debut novel.

Swamp GumThe discovery of body at a logging camp in Tasmania sparks an investigation that will expose everybody, loggers, protesters and politicians alike. A compelling debut novel.

   Crow of Whareatua ,  A graphic novel: The year is 1869, Te Kooti Arikirangi te Turuki, commands a deadly Maori guerilla force. Te Urewera is the battleground: a wilderness of forest, bird, mountain and waterway.  Crow of Whareatua  brings to life a one-month period of a brutal war, one which was to shape New Zealand’s Destiny.

Crow of WhareatuaA graphic novel: The year is 1869, Te Kooti Arikirangi te Turuki, commands a deadly Maori guerilla force. Te Urewera is the battleground: a wilderness of forest, bird, mountain and waterway. Crow of Whareatua brings to life a one-month period of a brutal war, one which was to shape New Zealand’s Destiny.

   Jupiter's Perigee ,  a collection of poetry about the lives of several characters during a time when Jupiter has moved its closest to the earth. It's about excess, wealth, love, entrapment, unease, loss, and the divine. 

Jupiter's Perigeea collection of poetry about the lives of several characters during a time when Jupiter has moved its closest to the earth. It's about excess, wealth, love, entrapment, unease, loss, and the divine. 

   A Dash of Belladonna  , a delightful fantasy told in exuberant voice of Lottie, a young Potion Master apprentice as she finds herself realities to face, a puzzle to solve, and lives to save; all while trying to be a responsible adult. Will she succeed, or will she destroy the lives of her new family? 

A Dash of Belladonna, a delightful fantasy told in exuberant voice of Lottie, a young Potion Master apprentice as she finds herself realities to face, a puzzle to solve, and lives to save; all while trying to be a responsible adult. Will she succeed, or will she destroy the lives of her new family? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Books Published by Lasavia Publishing

Fiction, Non-fiction, Graphic novels and Children books that are of highest quality approved and published by Lasavia Publishing.

If you are interested in joining our group of talented writers and illustrators, please contact us. 

   Back in the Day  : Tales from Paradise Island, 52 witty tales of life in paradise, on an island.

Back in the Day: Tales from Paradise Island, 52 witty tales of life in paradise, on an island.

   Dumb Show  : A Kiwi gothic story of a family set in a Canterbury farmhouse under siege from within.

Dumb Show: A Kiwi gothic story of a family set in a Canterbury farmhouse under siege from within.

   Hold My Teeth While I Teach You To Dance:   a comedy thriller with overtones of espionage and the supernatural

Hold My Teeth While I Teach You To Dance: a comedy thriller with overtones of espionage and the supernatural

   Angel of Compassion  : a chronicle of Mike’s recent healing journey.

Angel of Compassion: a chronicle of Mike’s recent healing journey.

   Taniwha  : a children's book about our favorite mythical creature: Taniwha.

Taniwha: a children's book about our favorite mythical creature: Taniwha.

  Lear : The Shakespeare co..., a forgotten classic of New Zealand literature, published in 1986.

Lear: The Shakespeare co..., a forgotten classic of New Zealand literature, published in 1986.

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Into the World


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By: Leila Lees

'Into the world' is an exploration of arrival. To come into the world with wonderment. It explores the interior worlds of shamanic and spiritual journeying, our connection to the natural world and giving practical tools to weave the sacred into the ordinary. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Ocean of Milk

 

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By: Belinda Aycrigg

A woman wakes up in hospital with no memory of who she is. Naturally, her family rally

round to help restore her memory and reinstate their daughter, wife and mother to her former roles.

However, as the memories begin to surface, it does not look as though a return to 'normal' life is going to be possible.

 

Tales of Rockpool

 

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By: Phil Mann
Illustrated: Jennifer Rackham

A collection of 10 stories surrounding creatures that reside in the rockpools and the adventures they go on. 


Kenni and the Roof Slide

By: Mike Johnson
Illustrated: Jennifer Rackham

 

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One summer, a family came to holiday in a mountain hut. There was mum and dad and two children. During the day the children played by the river, and in the evening they settled in for a quiet time.   But there would be no quiet that night! Kenni the Kea and his friends arrived to make a big rumpus dancing on the roof, and sliding down the roof to bounce off the water tank.  

 

Join the trickster Kenni and his companion Kiri, and all their other friends, in this rowdy rooftop adventure.   A Kenni and Kiri the Kea book.

 
 
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Mike Johnson

 

Mike Johnson was born in Canterbury, New Zealand, and never quite recovered…

Make up a history, a cut up of a life. Create a Mike Johnson out of these selected raw materials. A plausible self, complete with personal details – I am a fictional character I have enlisted over the years for the purpose of writing these mini biographies. I’ve made up this character called Mike Johnson who spent his life with words and who writes books and blogs.

+ Books and Other Major Works


2017 - Confessions of a Cockroach/Headstone. Lasavia Publishing

2015 - Taniwha (With Jennifer Rackham). Lasavia Publishing

2014 - Hold my Teeth While I Teach you to Dance. Lasavia Publishing Ltd: Auckland. A novel.

2014 - The Angel of Compassion. Lasavia Publishing Ltd: Auckland. Non-fiction.

2004 – Stench, Hazard Press: Christchurch. A novel.

2001 – Counterpart. Harper Collins: Sydney. A novel.

1996 – Dumb Show. Longacre Press: Dunedin. A novel.

1996 – Treasure Hunt. Auckland University Press: Auckland. Poetry.

1991 – Lethal Dose. Hard Echo Press: Auckland. A novel.

1991 – Foreigners. Penguin Books: Auckland. Three novellas.

1991 – Mary Mouse, Manuscript of Children’s Poetry, broadcast on NZ National Radio.

1987 – Antibody Positive. Hard Echo Press, Auckland. A novel.

1986 – Lear: The Shakespeare Company Plays Lear at Babylon. Hard Echo Press, Auckland. A novel.

1985 – Standing Wave. Hard Echo Press, Auckland. Poetry.

1984 – From a Woman in Mt Eden Prison & Drawing Lessons. Hard Echo Press, Auckland. Poetry.

1983 – The Palanquin Ropes. Voice Press, Wellington. Poetry.

1973 – Dialogue. Whitcomb and Tombs, Christchurch. A text for senior English. Co-author with A.T. Johnson.

Pending: To Beatrice Where We Crossed The Line. Second Avenue Press: Auckland. Poetry. Due March, 2014.

+ Anthologized Short Stories

Only those stories anthologized are listed. The list does not include stories, or novel ex cerpts, published in magazines or literary periodicals. Read these stories here >>

2009 – ‘A visit to Te Wharau Bay: A Conversation at the End of the World’ (Random House). The Best New Zealand Fiction # 6. Edited by Owen Marshall

2006 – ‘The Wedding of Psyche’ (Reed Books). The myth of the 21st Century. Ed by Tina Shaw and Jack Ross.

1998 – ‘Towards the bottom of the garden, the plum blossom shows pink.’ (Tandem) One hundred Short Short Stories Ed by Graham Lay.

1996 – ‘The Fohn Effect’ (IPL) Antipodean Tales Ed. by Geoff Churchman.

1995 – ‘Teledildonics’ Lust (Vintage) Ed. by Michael Giftkins.

1995 – ‘When That Shark Bites’ Men Love Sex (Vintage, Australia) Ed. by Alan Close.

1995 – ‘Rutherford’s Dream’ Rutherford’s Dreams (IPL) Ed. by Warwick Bennett and Patrick Hudson.

1994 – ‘The Harmony of the Swine’ Tart and Juicy (Vintage) Ed. by Michael Giftkins.

1992 – ‘The Woman of Tuscany House’ Erotic Writing (Penguin) Ed. by Sue McCauley and Richard Mc Lachlan.

Anthologized Short Stories 2008 & 2009 – Stench film option renewed by POP films.

2007 – Stench film option renewed by POP films.

2006 – Stench film option renewed by POP films.

2005 – Stench option sold to Vicky Pope of POP films ltd. Film in development.

2001 – Short film script ‘Hatto’ wins NZ Film Commission Funding for production in 2002. Value $69 000 dollars

2000 – Expression of formal interest from South Pacific Pictures to convert Stench into a film script.

1998 – Employed by director Ellory Elkayem to write a screen play for Signs of Life based on an original story by Ellory, funded by the NZ Film Commission..

1998 – Independent film maker Karen Rook, purchases an option on Lear (1986) (Project not completed.)

1997 – South Pacific Pictures purchases an option on novel Dumb Show (1996). Mike Johnson given role of script advisor. Project not completed.

1997 – Employed by Reston Griffiths (Park Avenue Advertising) to write a feature film based on an original idea by Reston.

+ Awards and Fellowships

2006 – Wellington composer Carol Shortis wins the Philip Neil Memorial Prize with a song entitled ‘The riddle of her flight’ with the lyrics of a poem from Mike Johnson’s book Treasure Hunt.

2002 – Nominated for the Sir Julius Vogel Award for the novel Counterpart.

2002 – Auckland University Literary Fellowship. Value: $50.000.

2001 – Creative NZ project grant for work on a novel. Value $9,000.

1999 – Francis Keane Award for best short story, ‘Magic Strings.’

1997 – Buckland Memorial Literary Award for the novel, Dumb Show.

1996 – Creative NZ Project Grant for work on a novel (Counterpart). Value $18,000.

1992 – Playwrights Grant for working on dramatizing of Lear: Value: $3000.

1990 – Literary Fund Project Grant for work on fiction. Value $9000.

1988 – Literary Fund Project Grant for work on a novel. Value: $6000.

1987 – Literary Fellowship for twelve months at the University of Canterbury. (Writer in Residence.) Value $40,000.

1986 – Lear. A novel. Shortlisted for New Zealand Book Awards.

1985 – Literary Fund Project Grant for prose writing. Value: $3000.

1982 – Poetry Prize: Te Awamutu Festival of the Arts.

1981 – Co winner of the John Cowie Reed Memorial Competition for a long poem or sequence of poems, with The Palanquin Ropes.

+ Mike Johnson the Teacher

I began teaching creative writing in 1987, during a year as Literary Fellow at the University Canterbury, and have been teaching it ever since. Throughout the 1990’s I taught night classes for what was then The Centre for Continuing Education at the University of Auckland. These classes had wonderful names, like ‘Develop your Creative Writing Potential!’ In 2003 I began working for the English Department at the University of Auckland, teaching across a range of undergraduate creative and academic writing classes, including The Short Story and Contemporary Poetry both at stage 3 level.

In 2005 I worked in the first year of The University of Auckland’s Master’s in Creative Writing program (MCW), which continued until 2008, when I shifted to AUT University, teaching both undergrad and postgrad creative writing, and where, in 2014, at the time of writing this, I am still working.


Leila Lees

New Zealand Healer, Teacher, Poet and Naturalist

Leila is a teacher and facilitator in nature awareness, shamanism and plant spirit medicine. She has a range of vibrational medicine LASAVIA Essences and works with the medicine of our nature allies on an energetic and emotional level.

Leila has supported hundreds of people to access their own inner guidance, enabling people to integrate their intuition and experiences of the non ordinary world into their lives. She has trained shamanic practitioners and established sacred circles.

In traditional cultures each village would have a Wise Woman or Wise Man who’sconnection to the otherworld would guide those in times of crisis or at times of important decision making.  Leila is the wise woman at the fire side who will see a scope of reality just out of reach and bring it into your view.  This is a form of guidance and midwifery where you do all the work but with the guidance of a self assured and grounded companion.  If we sometimes seek to improve our lives and the lives of those around us with self enquiry and self work then Leila can provide the safe environment and guidance to support you in this journey of discovery.

More about Leila here

+ Books

2017 - Two Lines and a Garden. Lasavia Publishing.


 
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JENNIFER RACKHAM

Writer, illustrator and comic artist. 

Jennifer Rackham grew up in Rotorua and was told by her mother that "she had no talent in art and should give up to save her the time and pain." In order to prove her mother wrong, she continued art in secret and published her art in Japan and in New Zealand. 

Fantasy is her true calling and she's a lover of different mediums of storytelling. 

While studying Masters of Creative Writing under Mike Johnson, she showed one of her short comics to Mike, which started the collaboration work under Lasavia. 

She lives in Auckland with her husband and a cat. 

When she's not writing or drawing, she can be seen meowing at cats around Auckland and hitting giant drums while yelling.

You can see her works here

+ Books

2017 - A Dash of Belladonna. Lasavia Publishing.

+ Comics

2010 - Present - Fox Rain. Published online here

2014 - A Dash of Bella Donna - A Curly Potion.

2012 - Alien in Hita. Hita Comics, Oita, Japan.

+ Children's Books

2015 - Taniwha (with Mike Johnson). Lasavia Publishing.

 

Belinda Aycrigg

Grandmother, Writer, Teacher.

When Belinda Aycrigg first shared with her AUT Masters of Creative Writing buddies that she had been 'dry' and somewhat isolated from society for about thirty five years, they presumed a life sentence or at least an extended spell in rehab.

But no.

After studying social anthropology at Cambridge at the same time as Emma Thompson, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie and Simon McBurney, she did not, unfortunately, go on to pursue a stellar acting career, but chose instead to pursue what at the time seemed to be the more pressing questions of 'Who am I?' and 'Why am I here?' 

The search took her through Buddhism into the realms of the Vedic worldview and an 'other' sort of lifestyle.

During this self- imposed exile from 'normal' society, among other things she became a teacher and wrote about a million plays, give or take, some of which she performed in.

Ocean of Milk is her first adventure in novel writing.

She now lives with her husband in Auckland, across the road from her daughter, son-in- law and two grandsons. And she's still trying to find out who she is.

 

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ROWAN SYLVA

Writer

Rowan Sylva is a New Zealand based debut Author and activist. Born in 1986, Rowan spent several years drifting between different jobs and places. He studied history at Victoria University of Wellington and then went on to complete a Master of Creative Writing at Auckland University of technology. He enjoys exploring remote corners of the world and observing the maelstrom of its great cities.

+ Books

2016 - Swamp Gum. Lasavia Publishing

 

 
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Sophia Hardy

Poet, writer

Sophia Hardy published her first book full book of poetry  'Jupiter's Perigee' in 2017, after numerous contributions to poetry journals and books. Although occasionally narrated in first person Hardy's poems are often character studies, and frequently include historical persons. 

+ Books

2017 - Jupiter's Perigee. Lasavia Publishing

 

 
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Sid Marsh

Writer, artist

I live on Waiheke Island and am a fulltime writer & artist. I have had eight books published. I'm currently painting works for a co-exhibition Tigers & Tribals (in 2018) with my daughter Hazel. I have been studying the Bengal tiger since 2010 and plan on publishing an ethnographical natural history book sometime around 2020.

I have reinvented myself a number of times over my life: heavy machinery operator; soldier; diving instructor; wildlife ranger etc. My main interests are: reading; arthouse movies; jogging; independent travelling; and eating at KFC & McDonald's.

+ Graphic Novels

2017 - Crow of Wahreatua. Lasavia Publishing

+ Books

2017 - Her I Loved. Rangitawa Publishing 2014 - Some Notes on the Brown Kiwi of Taranaki. Wooden Shed 2013 - Some Notes on the Rowi & Blue-hen of Westland. Wooden Shed 2005 - Kiwi Hunter. Halcyon Press 1991 - Diver's Tales. Reed

 
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