Welcome from Victoria Field
The Poetry Practice offers courses, training and consultancy in the use of writing to promote health and wellbeing.
I work as a writer and poetry therapist, as a mentor-supervisor, teacher and tutor. I am based in Canterbury, Kent, UK.
I have spent the last two decades developing and exploring the therapeutic benefits of literature and creative writing and am committed to developing this work in the UK and beyond.
My personal connection to this work comes from being a reader from an early age and turning to books for solace, wisdom and pleasure ever since I can remember. Although I always loved writing essays and letters and had composed the odd poem, it never occurred to me that I too could write creatively until I attended a creative writing workshop in my thirties.
It was a revelation. Not only did the words flow in a torrent, as if a dam had been breached, but I also discovered that writing fiction, memoir, drama and poetry had a powerful effect on how my psyche ordered the world. This combined with my academic background in psychology set me on the path I now follow.
News and forthcoming events and courses
POPPIES FOR REMEMBRANCE
Wednesday 21st November 2018 | 7.30pm
A selection of music and poetry performed by Eduard Heyning and Victoria Field at St Stephen’s Church, Canterbury CT2 7AB as part of the St. Stephen’s Church Festival Week. Stephen Barker will accompany part of the programme on organ.
Free admission, refreshments and a retiring collection for Catching Lives.
KENT & SUSSEX WRITING FOR WELLBEING NETWORK
Saturday 8th December 2018 | 10am-1pm
Canterbury Christ Church University in association with the England Centre for Practice Development
North Holmes Road Campus, Room Lg20 (Laud, Ground Floor), Canterbury, Kent, CT1 1QU
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.
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 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 is a Course Director for the Professional Writing Academy – details here.