"Memory, which provides the continuity that gives us a sense of identity, is clearly to the fore in Wooden Skeletons. Here are mature poets whose poems arise from the intersections of memory with vivid present experience. Many of the poems involve responses to contemporary works of art, visual images that provoke sharp verbal ones. These poets associated with the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers' Centre show that depth of experience enables rather than hinders new perceptions."
– Emeritus Professor Dennis Haskell AM
Wooden Skeletons features four poems by The Story Mentor (A. R. Levett):
Creatrix Anthology #2
The second volume of the Creatrix Anthology, collecting selected poems published in Creatrix issues #15 - #25 between 2012 and 2016. This volume features poetry and haiku from a large variety of WA Poets.
It contains the following poem from The Story Mentor (A. R. Levett):
Suddenly the Rain
"Suddenly the Rain, the sixth anthology produced by the Poets at KSP, is a dazzling achievement by 14 very accomplished and very different poets.
The Perth hills landscape is a central starting point from which a huge range of ideas, cultural references and explorations, experiences and memories arrows out to target the wider world.
So much of life’s panoply, from the poignant to the humorous, is compressed into this moving and uplifting collection. The range of forms - free-verse, acrostics, experimental sonnets, haibun, haiku, prose-poetry - is just one example of the book’s diversity. Within these 70 pages, so many aspects of life are recorded, commemorated and celebrated.
It is an anthology which will delight and resonate in the reader long after a first and, no doubt, many subsequent readings."
– Shane McCauley
Suddenly the Rain features five poems by The Story Mentor (A. R. Levett):
"In this anthology, the Poets@KSP have added a most impressive collection of poems to their seven previous fine books. Thistledown ranges widely through the natural world, aspects of childhood, and the passions and trials of maturity. The poems are notable for their variety of structure, their delight in language and the telling phrase; and for their sense of restraint and decorum which gives so many of them their power. It’s an anthology to be read and savoured many times over."
– Ron Pretty
Thistledown features four poems by The Story Mentor (A. R. Levett):
Retold: Old Tales, New Voices
"Once upon a time, a group of writers came together in the Perth hills. Each Tuesday they congregated in the historial house of Western Australian author Katharine Susannah Prichard to refine their craft, and became known as the KSP Writers' Circle. Retold is the result of the group's challenge to retell classic fairy tales in a modern Australian voice. Drawing inspiriation from traditional tales such as Alice in Wonderland, The Little Mermaid, and Little Red Riding Hood, these short stories have been adapted for an adult audience. Prepare to go into the wood, but be sure to bring your GPS."
Retold: Old Tales, New Voices was edited and co-typeset by The Story Mentor (A. R. Levett). It contains the following short story by him:
The Light Painters
"These poems trace their light beams upon the diversity of life. From the sacredness of insects, to family, love, animals, travel, memory, despair and hope; the KSP poets examine in fine detail those small and large moments that unite us humans. A tender and illuminating volume." - Dr Nandi Chinna, Independent Researcher and Poet.
The Light Painters contains the following poems from The Story Mentor (A. R. Levett):
Scripting Therapeutic Screen Stories:
Animating the Healing Potential of Film Narratives
The Story Mentor's (A. R. Levett's) first class honours thesis contains an exegesis (see abstract below for information) and the short animated feature-film script, The Essence Within, which follows the adventure of young boy, Charlie, who stumbles upon Sperial, home to the Energy-Spirits and the Creator-Energy. With the help of his mentor, Reginold, and energy-spirit Aureole, Charlie learns how to manipulate energy-signatures. When Malgamor, a darkness that has been trying to consume the Creator-Energy since the creation of the world, tries to break into Sperial, Charlie tries to confront it on his own with his new powers. But with the mysterious Shadow-Charlie sabotaging his efforts, is he powerful enough to overcome this ancient evil?
Beyond entertainment, animated narratives can potentially induce psychological healing, termed “individuation.” Stories exist in many forms, like literature, film and conversation, as well as in the human mind, or “psyche.” These “self-narratives” use life experience to shape consciousness. Therefore, effective storytelling based on archetypal myths can restructure the psyche. Film narratives communicate meaning through symbols, termed “textual cues”, while screenwriters employ specific templates, which organise story information into familiar structures. These guide audiences towards predetermined meaning. Through bibliotherapy, which is the use of literature for therapeutic purposes, audiences project their unconscious content onto narrative components that resonate with it. Ego-consciousness can then integrate this material. Films, like dreams, incorporate raw unconscious material, labelled “archetypes”, and symbols, conscious interpretations of the archetypes, to affect unconscious reactions that facilitate psychological growth. When a narrative’s protagonist undertakes the “Hero’s Journey”, a quest’s twelve stages that enact change, they guide audiences through a metaphorical portrayal of individuation. Audiences can then mimic this path to prompt their own inner journey. Animation augments storytelling’s healing ability because its fantasised appearance transforms individuation’s threatening psychological information to reveal wisdom. Since screenwriters delve into the collective unconscious to create stories, they initiate audience healing. Thus, they represent modern society’s shamans. By creating a screenplay for an animated short feature film and discussing how screenwriters can induce psychological healing, I demonstrate the therapeutic potential of film narratives.
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