Living Published Women Poets in the UK
Victoria Field
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Victoria Field was born in London in the cold winter of 1963.  She has lived and worked in Turkey, Russia, Pakistan and most recently, Cornwall.  She is a qualified Poetry Therapist and has worked in many different health and social care settings using reading and writing to promote health and well-being.  She has given workshops and training sessions in the US, Canada, South Africa and Greece and is a regular tutor at Ty Newydd, the National Writers’ Centre for Wales. 

Her poetry publications are:

Olga’s Dreams (2004)

Many Waters (2006)

October Guests (2010) – pamphlet with Caroline Carver and Penelope Shuttle

In recent years, her poems have won prizes or been shortlisted or commended in the following competitions: Age Concern, Mirehouse, Poetry on the Lake Short Poem Competition, Silver Wyvern, Strokestown International, Torbay Poetry Competition.

Her poetry has been commissioned for BBC Radio 3 and 4 and broadcast on BBC Radio Cornwall.  She was writer in residence at Truro Cathedral in 2006 and will be a Hawthornden Fellow in 2012.

She has co-edited three books on therapeutic writing:

Writing Works (2006) with Gillie Bolton and Kate Thompson

Prompted to Write (2nd edition 2010) with Zeeba Ansari

Writing Routes (2010) with Gillie Bolton and Kate Thompson

She also writes short stories and drama.  Two of her plays (Blood and Glass Heart) were produced by Hall for Cornwall where she was an Associate Artist from 2006-2010.

Extracts of some reviews of Olga’s Dreams

I suspect that Miss Field would rather like to be Anna Akhmatova, but in fact comes closer to the Elizabeth Bishop of Brazil and Elsewhere – not, I hasten to add, a criticism; fine poets, both. What she is, in fact, is a very accomplished, always interesting, poet – good enough to be good enough as herself.   Michael Paul Hogan – HQ Magazine

Throughout her book such images of the angelic and the erotic are counterpoised. .. Lest we should think Field some latterday Juan de la Cruz or John Donne, a poet for whom love is divine but contact always human, she also has a vision perhaps denied these earlier poets. John O’Donoghue – Acumen

The collection is extraordinarily sensual, spanning the world from Cornwall to Siberia, taking in Afghanistan and the Mediterranean along the way. Her subjects vary from food and love-making to death and Cornish apples. Remarkably visual, Victoria Field’s voice is both distinctive and alluring…. Simon Parker, Western Morning News

Extracts of reveiws of Many Waters

She keeps the best to last. “Pastoral” is a keenly observed and sensitively interpreted account of “a flock of small children” visiting the cathedral. The nine lines of her last poem “Going Up-Country” show her at her most perceptive and economical. Here a whole debate is sketched in taut, deft images, with modesty and irony that open a potential volume.  Martyn Halsall, Church Times

Of course this collection shimmers with spiritual awareness, and of course with the images you would expect from a cathedral poet – votive candles, icons. But each awareness, each image, goes off in a direction of its own, steered by the poet’s indomitable intelligence…  It’s the required frisson and she delivers it, quite lethally. These are no Vicar of Dibley’s poems… Christopher Rush, Lapidus Quarterly


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