20 Dec 13
and in the shop…
“The Lost Boys”,
joint pamphlet –
as co-ed –
“Prompted to Write”,
children’s book –
fal in assoc. with Truro Cathedral
Victoria Field is a writer and poetry therapist. She was born in London in 1963 and now lives in Canterbury, Kent.
She writes poetry, fiction and drama. She has published three collections of poetry, two with fal, her own award-winning small press: Olga’s Dreams (2004) and Many Waters (2006). Many Waters is based on a year-long residency at Truro Cathedral. October Guests (2009) is a pamphlet co-authored with Caroline Carver and Penelope Shuttle. Her poetry has been broadcast on BBC Radio Cornwall, Radio 3 and Radio 4.
Her latest full collection, The Lost Boys, was published by Waterloo Press in 2013. www.waterloopress.co.uk/#/victoria-field-2013/4580257053
Less pessimistic than R S Thomas, T S Eliot or Elizabeth Jennings, Victoria Field is that rara avis, the religious poet. Her spiritual realities are firmly anchored in contemporary reality. Her poems illuminate the heart, and shine with richness of compassion and understanding of human predicament and travail… This is a beautiful collection.
She is working on a new play based on events in the life of Edward White Benson, the first Bishop of Truro and subsquently Archbishop of Canterbury. The play will be presented by The Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury in April 2014 with a rehearsed reading and seminar. She has had two plays produced by Hall for Cornwall: Blood (2005) and Glass Heart (2006) where she was an Associate Artist.
She qualified as a Certified Poetry Therapist through the US National Association for Poetry Therapy and has received two Pioneer Awards for her work in the field. She gives workshops in many different educational, health and community settings and offers professional training in poetry therapy under the umbrella of The Poetry Practice – see her blog at www.poetrytherapynews.wordpress.com
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). She has led workshops internationally, including for the Arts and Humanities in Health and Medicine Programme in Edmonton, Canada, in South Africa at Wits University and for the Psychoanalysis Association in Bloemfontein, and most recently in 2012 in Kuwait. She is a sessional tutor on the MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes at the Metanoia Institute (www.metanoia.ac.uk).
She has co-edited three books on therapeutic writing – Writing Works (with Gillie Bolton and Kate Thompson, JKP, 2006) and Prompted to Write (with Zeeba Ansari, fal, 2007, 2nd edition, 2010) and most recently Writing Routes (with Gillie Bolton and Kate Thompson). She has also published a children’s book, The Gift (fal, 2007). She is a former Director of Survivors Poetry and has twice been Chair of Lapidus (www.lapidus.org.uk).