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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 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

Booking Open for the Healing Word – Poetry in Practice

Friday 17th July 2020 

A one-day conference on poetry and its potential to heal.


Details here


Wednesday 25th March, 6.30pm – Canterbury

Poetry by Candlelight at Waterstones, Canterbury

I am delighted to be reading alongside dear friends Penelope Shuttle and Alyson Hallet to celebrate their collaborative book, LZD and to launch my own new collection.  Waterstones is one of the jewels in Canterbury’s crown – please support this exceptional bookshop. My new collection – A Speech of Birds is currently in preparation- details to follow.

 Tickets £3, free for students 

Booking here.


Thursday 19th March, 8pm-10pm  – Canterbury

Pilgrim Social organised by the Confraternity of Pilgrims to Rome – Millers Arms, 2, Mill Lane, Canterbury CT1 2AW.  Anyone interested in pilgrimage is welcome – just turn up.


The Professional Writing Academy

I co-direct two courses with my friend and colleague Anne Taylor.  These have now been completed by more than 200 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.

Introduction to Therapeutic and Reflective Writing

Running Writing Workshops



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. The next meeting is in Hastings on Saturday 14th March 2020 For more details email

About Poetry Therapy

How can poetry in all its forms promote wellbeing?
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How To Train

Training with the International Federation for Poetry Therapy
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Research, Publications and Resources

Links to articles, books and resources
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Victoria Field - The Poetry Practice

Victoria Field

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

She is a Course Director for the Professional Writing Academy – details here.

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