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
FEW WORDS ABOUT ME
Poetry & Creative Writing for People Living With Dementia
Monday 17th September 2018 | 4pm-5.30pm
Age UK Canterbury, Castle Row CT1 2QY
A Few Words About Me was a project organised by Funder Films CIC and supported by the National Lottery and Kent Community Foundation which ran in Canterbury for six months, using poetry and creative writing as a way to support people living with dementia. Victoria Field was the facilitator. We will be celebrating the work that was done, screening films made by participants and distributing a new book of poems – and eating cake!
This FREE event session is open to writers, arts for health practitioners and volunteers working with dementia.
NORTH DOWNS WAY PILGRIMS FESTIVAL
I’ve long been fascinated by pilgrimage and the way it brings together walking and spirituality and am delighted to be curating two literary events in the beautiful setting of the church in Wye. The full week-long programme is here.
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.
As well as the local groups listed above, she is a Course Director for the Professional Writing Academy – details here.