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. 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
The following events are open to the public. I also offer workshops, talks, training and other work on a private basis.
WISE WORDS FOR WELLBEING
Every Friday, 2pm – 4pm – drop in session – no booking required
LAST SESSIONS FOR THIS SERIES – 17th May (led by Sue Emm) and 24th May 2019
Community Room, Canterbury Library, Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, Canterbury
WHITLIT – WRITE MIND – a weekend themed around literature and mental health – see here.
A whole weekend of workshops and talks – only £5 per talk, £20 for the whole weekend. I am doing two events but will be there all day on Sunday so please come and say hello.
SUNDAY 19 MAY
Workshop – Wise Words for Wellbeing with Victoria Field – £5
Sunday 19 May 2019
Horsebridge Centre, Whitstable
Victoria Field – Baggage a book of Leavings – £5
Sunday 19 May
How does anyone survive the ending of a marriage? In ‘Baggage’, both Victoria Field’s sense of wonder and awareness of loss continually fascinate. She packs her bag and joins hundreds of other pilgrims, but only a poet could depict so acutely how a marriage fails. Tough, lyrical, devastating, ‘Baggage’ is a courageous achievement. The author comes to terms with the aftershock of her marriage ending whilst on a 12 day 212 mile walk.
I’m doing a short session on pilgrimage as part of Canterbury Marlowe Day 2019, Saturday 25th May, always a good mixture of fun and erudition and a great chance to learn more about our local bad-boy-playwright.
It’s in the newly re-furbished Kit, formerly the Heritage Museum and now part of the Marlowe Theatre – details here.
In June …
WordFlow is about using writing to celebrate and draw inspiration from rivers and riverside landscapes.
WordFlow writing workshops
Tuesday June 4th
Saturday June 8th
Friday June 7th
Sunday June 9th
All workshops run from 10am to 1pm.
WordFlow is about using writing to celebrate and draw inspiration from rivers and riverside landscapes. Local writer Victoria Field will use the River Stour as inspiration for you to write poems, fiction, memoir or drama. We will read examples of other people’s writing about rivers, share our own experiences and possibly spend time observing the river nearby. We will use these as a stimulus for creating our own responses in writing. No previous experience necessary. Refreshments will be provided.
WordFlow is for people aged 60 and over. It is a sister project to FlowFilm, our river-based film-making project.
There will be opportunities later in the year to work with a film-maker on a short film based on your writing. The writing created in the workshop will also be used as inspiration for young film-makers attending workshops in the summer holidays.
We hope you can join us!
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Next up is the Canterbury Pilgrims Festival 2019
I’m involved in supporting the organisers and specifically in the following events:
Wednesday June 12th 2019
Workshop – Poetry & Pilgrimage
This workshop is open to anyone interested in creative writing, poetry and ideas of pilgrimage. We will do some close reading of writing about pilgrimage, discuss some of the ideas and write in response, all in the historic setting of the Marlowe Kit. No previous writing experience necessary but if you are a seasoned writer, expect to come away with several drafts of new work.
Where: The Marlowe Kit, Stour Street, Canterbury, CT1 2NZ.
Date: 12 June 2019
Friday June 14th 2019
All-day Pilgrim Workshop
Beginning with a mini-pilgrimage led by The British Pilgrimage Trust’s Guy Hayward, The Pilgrim Workshop is a full day of talks exploring the pilgrimage routes of Canterbury, engagement with natural and built heritage while on a pilgrimage and concluding with a panel of experienced pilgrims reflecting on their motivations for undertaking a pilgrimage.
Lead: The Confraternity of Pilgrims to Rome.
Where: Canterbury Cathedral, Clagett Auditorium, Canterbury, CT1 2EH
Date: 14 June 2019
Time: 09:00 – 17:30
I am back at Ty Newydd National Writers Centre for Wales in October with a residential course Writing To Heal – excited to be working with Rachel Kelly, Eric Ngalle Charles and The Poetry Exchange.
KENT & SUSSEX WRITING FOR WELLBEING NETWORK
Saturday 18th May 2019, Tonbridge | 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.