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
I co-direct two courses with my friend and colleague Anne Taylor. These have now been completed by almost 200 students from 30 countries. Start dates in September, January and April – contact PWA for more details.
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.
Monday 14th – Friday 18th 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 has written about how reading poetry helped her overcome severe depression, and we will also look at ‘poems as friends’ with the inspirational Poetry Exchange.
KENT & SUSSEX WRITING FOR WELLBEING NETWORK
Saturday 5th October 2019, Lewes | 10am-1pm
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
She is a Course Director for the Professional Writing Academy – details here.