Welcome from Victoria Field
The Poetry Practice offers courses, training and consultancy in the use of writing to promote health and well being.
I am a writer and a poetry therapist, a mentor-supervisor, a teacher and tutor. I live in Canterbury, Kent, UK.
My latest poetry collection, A Speech of Birds came out in 2020. I also write memoir, drama and short fiction. With Natalia Bukia-Peters, I publish translations from the Georgian and we are currently working on poet Lia Sturua for a new book in 2022.
As a poetry therapist and researcher, I have co-edited three books and published articles and book chapters on therapeutic writing.
I have a long-standing interest in pilgrimage and am researching a PhD in narratives of transformation and pilgrim identity at Canterbury Christ Church University.
News and forthcoming events and courses
Sunday 19th September 2021 2.30pm BST – online
Come and hear the winning poems from this competition I judged in aid of the Lord Whisky Animal Sanctuary. I will be giving a short reading of my own work, and many excellent poets are attending. Free event, donations welcome. Booking here.
Introduction to Therapeutic and Reflective Writing – online 8 weeks
Running Writing Workshops – online 6 weeks
I co-direct these two courses with my friend and colleague Anne Taylor. These have now been completed by more than 250 students from 30 countries. The next start dates are 20th and 27th September 2021. The courses will run again starting in January, April and September 2022 – contact PWA for more details.
Please note, these courses require at least 5 hours a week to complete the assignments and receive a Certificate of Completion.
There are early-bird prices and also a discount for members of Lapidus.
A Celebration of Wise Words for Wellbeing
Tuesday 5th October 2021 – Canterbury, Kent UK
This library-based event will launch a tool-kit for poetry for well-being groups in libraries, and a lock-down anthology created by the Canterbury Wise Words for Wellbeing Group. Please email for more details.
Every Poem Breaks a Silence – online via Lapidus International
Wednesday 13th, 20th and 27th October 2021 – 7:00pm to 8:30pm (UK time)
Charmaine Pollard and I developed these three workshops in response to the murder of George Floyd in May 2020, when as long-standing friends and colleagues, we were moved to begin a more open conversation about race. They offer a safe, non-judgmental space in which we can listen and learn from each other. Numbers are limited and participants are asked to attend all three workshops. Booking here.
Poems for Life’s Journey – online event for WriteWell Community
Thursday 28th October 2021 7.30-8.30pm BST
This live Zoom event is offered via the WriteWell Community. Click here for further details and for a free trial membership.
Imaginary Gardens and Real Toads – online event for the Centre for Myth, Cosmology and the Sacred
Tuesday 2nd November 2021 6.30-8pm GMT
In this interactive talk, Victoria Field will explore some of the ways in which the poetic can enhance our lives and expand our sense of connection with ourselves, the world and the transcendent. Mindful reading of poems and writing in response can offer solace, pleasure, new insights and even awakening experiences. We will look specifically at how metaphor, form and rich ambiguity work in poems. No previous experience or knowledge is required. Please bring a notebook and something to write with. Booking here.
Three Poets By Candlelight – live event, Waterstones, Canterbury
Wednesday 24th November 2021 – 6.30pm
£3 redeemable on book purchase
The publicity reads – Victoria Field’s Speech of Birds is a book of epiphany and rebirth. In The Blue Line Basque poet Beatriz Chivite Ezkieta imagines the lives of those she sees on the London Underground. Leo Boix’ Ballad of a Happy Immigrant tells of being young, queer and Argentinian in England, and movingly evokes Junta-era Argentina.
Thursday 30th June 2022
A one-day conference on poetry and its potential to heal in the beautiful surroundings of Canterbury Cathedral. More details and booking information will be available at the beginning of March 2022.
A commissioning editor from the Hearst group contacted me in autumn 2020. Features on the power of poetry for health and wellbeing have since appeared in Red magazine, Good Housekeeping and Prima. Links to the features are on the Resources page.
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.
For more details email email@example.com
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.
In the past few years she has been commissioned by, or worked for, University of Bournemouth, Conscious Cafe, University of Glasgow, Bright Shadow, Mslexia magazine, Kent County Council, Our Stour, Teesside University, the Metanoia Institute, Confraternity of Pilgrims to Rome, Canterbury Christ Church University, Lapidus International, London Arts for Health Forum, Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre, Funder Films CIC, Wise Words and Workers of Art, as well as working in collaboration with other organisations and individuals.