Victoria Field

Maenporth Beach
Helpful votes received on reviews: 82% (80 of 97)
Location: Canterbury, Kent, UK
In My Own Words:
I work as a writer and poetry therapist. I have published three collections of poetry, a pamphlet jointly with Caroline Carver and Penelope Shuttle, and co-edited three books of therapeutic writing. I am also a dramatist.

These reviews are my way of keeping a diary of my personal reading. They are unsolicited and partial - no one has asked me to write any of them and I don't do reviews on request.


Top Reviewer Ranking: 10,669 - Total Helpful Votes: 80 of 97
Dear Robert, Dear Spike: The Graves-Milligan Corre&hellip by Pauline Scudamore
Such an enjoyable read - two men who superficially seem very different but who became instant friends. Both struggling with health and love whilst creating a vast output of work. The letters are frank and tender - and towards the end, sad, when Robert Graves gives up writing at age 80 but lives another ten years in poor health. Some interesting insights on war, depression and artistic satisfaction.
What Happy People Know: You're Only 6 Steps Away F&hellip by Dr. Dan Baker
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful reminders, 30 Dec 2013
I have just added this to the reading list for my poetry therapy trainees - it's a reminder of how thinking has an impact on mood and the various stages 'stuck' people go through.

It's a bit cheesy at times and I have a real problem with any book that mentions Seligman's learned helplessness experiments for which I think he should be serving a prison sentence. There's also no index nor references for some sweeping statements.

But it's an easy read and a useful checklist that can be applied in different circumstances.
Listening for the Heartbeat of God: A Celtic Spiri&hellip by Philip J. Newell
This book was recommended by a friend and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It felt measured and authoritative with good references. My only caveat was some of the earlier chapters were heavy on historical detail and various legislative incidents in the church hierarchy. The later chapters were very readable and gave an excellent framework for embracing different traditions, whilst honoring love and human potential.

I wish, though, I hadn't googled the author - it seems that the 'heartbeat' title of his book has become a 'brand' and it's all depressingly slick and packaged, complete with a 'donate' button and tanned, smiling faces,similar to many TV evangelists who possibly use the same… Read more

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