Welcome from Victoria Field
The Poetry Practice offers courses, training and consultancy in the use of writing to promote health and wellbeing.
I am a writer and a poetry therapist, a mentor-supervisor, a teacher and tutor. I live in Canterbury, Kent, UK, a city which nourishes me in many ways.
I have a long-standing interest in pilgrimage and am researching how writing contributes to a pilgrim identity at Canterbury Christ Church University.
News and forthcoming events and courses
Not Utopia … But Maybe
For the past few years I have been working with the award-winning sustainability team at Canterbury Christ Church University, using poetry, story and creative writing as ways of engaging the heart and soul as well as the intellect. One outcome of this project is the publication of Not Utopia … But Maybe with exquisite illustrations by Chloe Bonfield. The stories are by me, each one a re-imagining of a recorded interview with each of seven individuals who work in sustainability.
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Once our beloved bookshops are back in business, you will be able to buy the booklet face to face from a real bookseller, exchanging smiles, chit chat and eye contact – meanwhile, if you would like one now, I can send you a copy in a real envelope, with real handwriting – £7, postage included. You can pay via PayPal or other means.
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Booking Open for the Healing Word – Poetry in Practice
Friday 17th July 2020
A one-day conference on poetry and its potential to heal. Will this happen? Who knows but I am keeping it live until told otherwise …
Wednesday 25th March, 6.30pm – Canterbury CANCELLED
Sadly this event is now CANCELLED – we hope to reschedule later in the year.
I co-direct two courses with my friend and colleague Anne Taylor. These have now been completed by more than 250 students from over 30 countries. Next start dates are in April, September and January – contact PWA for more details.
There are early-bird prices and also a discount for members of Lapidus.
KENT & SUSSEX WRITING FOR WELLBEING NETWORK
KSWWN is a network of people involved in writing for wellbeing across Sussex and Kent. We run workshops, talks and share information. Criteria for joining: you must live or work in Sussex or Kent, be involved, or want to become involved, in using words for wellbeing with others, and have a commitment to the development of professional good practice in words for wellbeing.
I am a co-convenor with Sarah Salway, Jon Sayers and Helen Stockton.
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Was born in London in 1963. She was Lecturer in Psychology at West Cheshire College before joining the British Council and serving in Turkey, Russia and Pakistan. She is a former Director of Survivors Poetry and now works as a researcher, writer and poetry therapist, based in Canterbury, Kent, UK.
She writes poetry, fiction, drama and memoir and translates from the Georgian. She contributes articles, reviews and blogs on therapeutic writing to many publications. She was a Hawthornden Fellow in 2012.
She is married to Eduard Heyning and they collaborate on projects combining original music and poetry related to spirituality. See www.heyning.nu
She is a Course Director for the Professional Writing Academy – details here.