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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”

Fun Autumn Activities for Families – Written for FBM Holidays

Autumn still fills me with childlike wonder and it isn’t surprising that it is the firm favourite season for many of us. The leaves are turning flaming red, gold, amber, and yellow, contrasting beautifully with cool metallic skies and breathtaking firey sunsets. Nights are getting cosier, and the food is warm, rich, and filling. ThereContinue reading “Fun Autumn Activities for Families – Written for FBM Holidays”

Slow-Cooked Pork, Cider, and Sage Hotpot – Written for FBM Holidays

The title of this recipe alone is enough to encourage thoughts of cosy autumn evenings and eager salivations! This warming, hearty dish is sure to bring some light into your home as the nights get colder and darker. This recipe is enough to feed six, perfect for larger families or ideal to reheat for lunchContinue reading “Slow-Cooked Pork, Cider, and Sage Hotpot – Written for FBM Holidays”

Apple Muffins Recipe – Written for FBM Holidays

One of the best things about autumn, besides the crunching of leaves underfoot, breathtaking fiery sunsets, and cosy nights snuggled up indoors under mountains of blankets, has undoubtedly got to be the delicious food and drinks the season has to offer. Here’s a wonderfully warming autumnal muffin recipe that is sure to become a firmContinue reading “Apple Muffins Recipe – Written for FBM Holidays”

Pumpkin Picking in Pembrokeshire – Written for FBM Holidays

Autumn in Pembrokeshire is a sight to behold, when the leaves appear to be set alight by the warm glow of the sun, the mornings turn crisp and frosty, and the evenings draw darker, cosier, and spookier. Autumn is the perfect time of year to enjoy some festive family fun in the outdoors, and thisContinue reading “Pumpkin Picking in Pembrokeshire – Written for FBM Holidays”

Warm and Spicy Pumpkin and Chicken Stew – Written for FBM Holidays

The nights are drawing in and getting cooler and cosier. This spicy pumpkin and chicken stew is ideal for warming up the chilly autumnal evenings, best enjoyed in a hearty portion in a large bowl! Serves: 3-4Prep time: 15 minutesCooking time: 45 minutes Ingredients: 6 chicken thighs and 2 chicken breasts (skinless) A small pumpkin, peeled and deseededContinue reading “Warm and Spicy Pumpkin and Chicken Stew – Written for FBM Holidays”

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