Welcome from Victoria Field
The Poetry Practice offers courses, training and consultancy in the use of writing to promote health and well being.
I am a writer and a poetry therapist, a mentor-supervisor, a teacher and tutor. I live in Canterbury, Kent, UK, a city which nourishes me in many ways.
My latest poetry collection, A Speech of Birds came out in 2020. I also write memoir, drama and short fiction as well as numerous articles on therapeutic writing.
I have a long-standing interest in pilgrimage and am researching how writing contributes to a pilgrim identity at Canterbury Christ Church University.
News and forthcoming events and courses
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.
I co-direct two courses with my friend and colleague Anne Taylor. These have now been completed by more than 250 students from 30 countries. The next start dates are in April 2021. The courses will run again in September 2021 and January 2022 – 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.
Friday 9th July 2021
A one-day conference on poetry and its potential to heal. I am still hoping for this to go ahead in the beautiful surroundings of Canterbury Cathedral. More details and booking information will be available at the beginning of March 2021.
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.
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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.
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.