How A.A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh influences children’s emotional and social development through relatable simplicity.

*The following is an assignment written as part of my MA in Children’s Literature at Roehampton University for module ‘British Children’s Literature: Historical Perspectives‘. Winnie-the-Pooh is the first of two books conceptualised and written by English author Alan Alexander (A.A.) Milne, published in 1926. The book focuses on the adventures of a golden teddy bearContinue reading “How A.A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh influences children’s emotional and social development through relatable simplicity.”

Mary Poppins as a manifestation of the two opposing realms of the psyche.

*The following is an assignment written as part of my MA in Children’s Literature at Roehampton University for module ‘Critical and Theoretical Perspectives’. In Pamela Lydon Travers’ 1934 children’s novel Mary Poppins the pivotal character of Mary overthrows the platitudinous notion of witches representing something evil and corrupt. In this essay I will be discussingContinue reading “Mary Poppins as a manifestation of the two opposing realms of the psyche.”

Considering the Use of Fairy Tales to Heal Trauma: Bettelheim’s Uses of Enchantment

*The following is an assignment written as part of my MA in Children’s Literature at Roehampton University for module ‘Critical and Theoretical Perspectives’. In Bruno Bettelheim’s 1976 book ‘The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales’, Bettelheim applies a Freudian psychoanalytical lens onto several classic children’s fairy tales. Bettelheim’s analysis claims thatContinue reading “Considering the Use of Fairy Tales to Heal Trauma: Bettelheim’s Uses of Enchantment”

‘Emerging From the Storm’ by Harriet Knock – World Mental Health Day

Doing their part to show support of World Mental Health Day, Arkbound have published a tender body of poems collectively entitled ‘Emerging From the Storm’ by first time published poet Harriet Knock, a gentle reminder that it’s okay to not be okay. ‘Emerging From the Storm’ is as raw and real as mental health gets.Continue reading “‘Emerging From the Storm’ by Harriet Knock – World Mental Health Day”

‘The Natural Self’ by Rhonda Brandrick and Michéal Connors – Journeying Home

‘The Natural Self’ by Rhonda Brandrick and Michéal Connors, available to purchase at Arkbound, takes us deep sea diving into our true natural selves to reconnect and rediscover who we are biologically at the core of our psyche. Both qualified professionals in Eco-Psychology and Nature Based Practice at The Natural Academy, Brandrick and Connors areContinue reading “‘The Natural Self’ by Rhonda Brandrick and Michéal Connors – Journeying Home”

‘The Asylum’ by Zahid Zaman – Reviewing a Modern Occultist Horror Story

‘The Asylum’ by Zahid Zaman, published by Arkbound Publishers in 2016, is a dark yet strangely uplifting journey down the rabbit hole of life within the walls of a modern day asylum, and one man’s ominous journey to rescue himself from the clutches of Hell. Told by Zahid himself, a psychology graduate working within StContinue reading “‘The Asylum’ by Zahid Zaman – Reviewing a Modern Occultist Horror Story”

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie – A Review

Peter Pan is a classic novel written by playwright and novelist J.M. Barrie about an impish flying boy called Peter who rejects all notions of adulthood, instead living in an idealistic mythical world called Neverland that enables him to never grow up. Peter lives with a gang of friends called The Lost Boys, with whomContinue reading “Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie – A Review”