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 researcher, 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. And that path is often a literal one as I am currently engaged in researching pilgrimage in its many forms and connections between walking and writing.
News and forthcoming events and courses
Inspired by the Moon: Words and Music in the Crypt – with poets Derek Sellen and Mary Anne Smith, music by Eduard Heyning
I am delighted to be reading alongside dear friends Penelope Shuttle and Alyson Hallet to celebrate their collaborative book, LZD. Waterstones is one of the jewels in Canterbury’s crown – please support this exceptional bookshop. And I will be launching my own new collection – A Speech of Birds – details to follow.
Wednesday 25th March, 6.30pm, tickets £3
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.
Tŷ Newydd is the National Writing Centre of Wales. Established in 1990, thousands of aspiring and budding writers have since passed through its iconic teal front door. I’ve been co-leading courses there for over a decade and consider it a home from home.
This course took place in October 2019
A programme of practical workshops, teaching, sharing and experiencing the transformational power of language plus guests who will talk about how writing and reading helped them to heal. Rachel Kelly spoke about how reading poetry helped her overcome severe depression, Eric Ngalle Charles spoke about his journey from Cameroon to Wales via Russia and we will looked at ‘poems as friends’ with the inspirational Poetry Exchange.
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. We are currently planning a programme of meetings for 2020.
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.