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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 is just out.  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.

My special interests as a practitioner are in working in the public library network and with people living with a diagnosis of dementia.  Here’s a clip of a recent project with Bright Shadow – a wonderfully joyful and innovative local charity. 

News and forthcoming events and courses

Every Poem Breaks A Silence

A series of 3 online workshops using expressive writing and biblio-poetry therapy techniques to explore racism and identity with Charmaine Pollard and Victoria Field

Tuesday 14th, Wednesday 15th, Thursday 16th July, 8pm-9.30pm BST on Zoom – FULLY BOOKED with a waiting list – a repeat will be held as per below:

Tuesday 28th, Wednesday 29th, Thursday 30th July, 8pm-9.30pm BST on Zoom –  3 places left 

We will use poetry and expressive writing to explore the experience and impact of racism on all of us. Charmaine and Victoria will create a non-judgmental space where we can listen and learn from each other and where voices that may have been silenced can be heard.

After the killing of George Floyd, Charmaine and I were moved to start a more open conversation about racism in all its forms. We have taken our title from poet and activist, Adrienne Rich.

Charmaine Pollard is a Black British woman of Jamaican parents, living in London, UK, conscious of her struggles and assumptions placed on her because of her colour. She is a Counsellor and Certified Poetry Therapist and works with diverse communities. She is on the board of Lapidus International, an expressive arts company that believes in the power of words. Her website is

£45 for all three workshops – tickets here

The Healing Word – Poetry in Practice

NOW Friday 9th July 2021

A one-day conference on poetry and its potential to heal.  


Details here

The Professional Writing Academy

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.  Our April courses are full, next start dates are September 2020 and January, April 2021 – contact PWA for more details.

There are early-bird prices and also a discount for members of Lapidus.

Introduction to Therapeutic and Reflective Writing

Running Writing Workshops



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

About Poetry Therapy

How can poetry in all its forms promote wellbeing?
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How To Train

Training with the International Federation for Poetry Therapy
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Research, Publications and Resources

Links to articles, books and resources
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Victoria Field - The Poetry Practice

Victoria Field

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

She is a Course Director for the Professional Writing Academy – details here.

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