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The Poetry Practice offers courses, training and consultancy in the use of writing to promote health and well being.

The Healing Word – Poetry and Connection

Thursday 30th June 2022

A one-day gathering on poetry and its potential to heal in the beautiful surroundings of Canterbury Cathedral, part of a world heritage site. 

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Key note speaker – Jacqueline Saphra on Poetry and Activisim

Jacqueline is a poet, editor, agitator, teacher, organiser and word-enthusiast, but not necessarily in that order. She’s an enthusiastic collaborator, working with composers, musicians and visual artists. She was shortlisted for the T.S.Eliot Prize and has organised many large scale poetry events. More here.

Canterbury is a cathedral city in easy reach of London and France, with proportionately more students than any other English town. It’s vibrant, walkable, and many argue, the birthplace of English literature with Chaucer’s ‘Canterbury Tales’. It is always full of visitors and pilgrims and there is much to see especially in terms of history and the natural world.

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About Victoria Field

I am a writer and a poetry therapist, a mentor, 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 publish 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.  I am a North Downs Way Ambassador and passionate about connecting and caring for our beautiful local landscapes.

News and forthcoming events and courses


The Professional Writing Academy 

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 300 students from over 30 countries.  The next start dates are September 2022. The courses will run again starting in January, April and September 2023 – 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.

Introduction to Therapeutic and Reflective Writing

Running Writing Workshops


Media Coverage

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.

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 an Associate Artist at The Poetry Exchange.  Her regular column for Mslexia magazine is Crafting a Cure, exploring the links between creative writing and wellbeing.

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.

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.

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