Victoria Field

Maenporth Beach
Helpful votes received on reviews: 81% (94 of 116)
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: 12,553 - Total Helpful Votes: 94 of 116
Sightlines by Kathleen Jamie
Sightlines by Kathleen Jamie
Exquisitely beautiful prose and the whole book is an exercise in mindful looking and then a fearless paring back so that what is shared with the reader is considered and worked. I will be using some of this in therapeutic writing settings and it's partly KJ's total control over the material that makes it so useful. The chapter on the Whale Hall I found literally breath-taking in its metaphorical possibilities. Genius.
Dear Robert, Dear Spike: The Graves-Milligan Corre&hellip by Pauline Scudamore
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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.

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