Imaginary Gardens and Real Toads with Victoria Field  

Tuesday November 2nd 2021 – 6:30pm – 8:00pm (UK time) via Zoom

In this interactive talk, Victoria Field will explore some of the ways in which the poetic can enhance our lives and expand our sense of connection with ourselves, the world and the transcendent.  Mindful reading of poems and writing in response can offer solace, pleasure, new insights and even awakening experiences. We will look specifically at how metaphor, form and rich ambiguity work in poems. No previous experience or knowledge is required. Please bring a notebook and something to write with.

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Victoria Field is a writer, poetry therapist and researcher. Her recent books are a poetry collection, A Speech of Birds and a memoir of pilgrimage and marriage, Baggage: A Book of Leavings, both from Francis Boutle. She also writes fiction and drama.

She was named in Poetry Review as a pioneer in the use of poetry for healing in the UK. She works in the community and has a particular interest in public libraries and people living with dementia. She is a course director at the Professional Writing Academy and a visiting tutor at the Metanoia Institute and University of Glasgow, and, previously, at the Universities of Sussex, Falmouth, Teesside, AUB and Bristol. She contributes a regular column to Mslexia magazine on ‘Crafting a Cure’.

Her doctoral research at Canterbury Christ Church University is on narratives of transformation and pilgrimage. She taught courses in Writing the Earth and Women Poets of the Spiritual for CAE at CCCU.



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