photo: Ranald Mackechnie
Victoria Field works as a writer and poetry therapist.
She qualified as a Certified Poetry Therapist, with the US International Federation of Biblio-Poetry Therapy, the credentialing part of the US National Association for Poetry Therapy, in 2005. There is currently no equivalent training in the UK and Victoria is active in developing the field and has received both a Pioneer Award and International Fellows Award from NAPT.
In 2015, under the training and supervision of Geri Chavis and Sherry Reiter, she became a fully-qualified Mentor-Supervisor for trainees working towards the qualification of Certified Applied Poetry Facilitator. She currently has seven trainees across the UK and beyond in Japan.
She is a graduate member of the British Psychological Society.
She is a regular tutor on the Writing in Health and Social Care programme at Ty Newydd, the National Writers Centre for Wales (www.tynewydd.org.uk ) and a Visiting Lecturer on the Metanoia Institute’s MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes (www.metanoia.ac.uk ).
She teaches regularly for Canterbury Christ Church University. In July 2016, she was appointed an International Fellow at Canterbury Christ Church University’s England Centre for Practice Development. Their vision of creativity, research and health outcomes is one that I completely aspire to and to meet 20 others this week, also similarly committed but from such a variety of disciplines and backgrounds was a dream come true.
She has also been a short-course tutor at Falmouth University and a visiting lecturer at Sussex and Bristol Universities on courses relating to therapeutic writing.
She has extensive experience of working in health and social care settings with many different client groups, including in primary care, in care homes for the elderly, on a stroke unit, with learning disabled adults and a wide variety of voluntary organisations. She has led many workshops and training courses, nationally and internationally, most recently in Kuwait.
She is a former Director of Survivors Poetry and has had two periods as Chair of Lapidus, the Association for Literary Arts in Personal Development (www.lapidus.org.uk). She currently serves as Treasurer for Lapidus. She initiated Lapidus Cornwall and delivered a three year programme of training and experimentation that is documented in Prompted to Write, the second edition of which was financed by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly NHS trust.
She has co-edited three books on therapeutic writing, most recently Writing Routes (Jessica Kingsley, 2010, see www.jkp.com ).
Together with Sarah Salway, she leads on a new network for practitioners and potential practitioners in Kent. The Kent Writing and Well-being Network has a Facebook page and meetings are documented here.
As a creative writer, she has published and won awards for poetry, short fiction and drama.
Her most recent book is an acclaimed memoir Baggage: A Book of Leavings (2016) from Francis Boutle.
She has published three collections of poetry: Olga’s Dreams (2004), Many Waters (2006) and her third collection, The Lost Boys ,published by Waterloo Press in 2013, won the Poetry and Drama Category of the 2014 Holyer an Gof awards. She also co-authored a pamphlet with Caroline Carver and Penelope Shuttle, October Guests (2007). Some of her poems can be seen on http://www.poetrypf.co.uk/victoriafieldpage.shtml.
As a playwright, she has had two plays produced by Hall for Cornwall and is currently at work on a new play based on the life of Bishop Benson, who was responsible for the building of Truro Cathedral and subsequently became Archbishop of Canterbury. Two rehearsed readings in Truro in February 2013 were well received and a documentary about the production is available here. The Marlowe Studio Canterbury hosted a seminar on drama in sacred spaces, and a rehearsed reading of a new version of the play in May 2014, with Arts Council support.