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Baggage

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Baggage

Baggage

A Book of Leavings

by Victoria Field


ISBN 978 0 993534 43 0
Paperback 187 pages


“When she is walking the pilgrimage route of the Camino Victoria Field meets the figure of Mercury (the messenger); there is nothing fanciful about the encounter. It has an authentic and down-to-earth magic to it, which exemplifies the nature of her book. She meets many other pilgrims along the way, and brings them all vividly into our view. As she recounts her journey, she also tells the story of her marriage and divorce. She weaves these two accounts into a living tapestry of her life: here is the numinous, the sexual, the spiritual, the poetic, the humorous, the sorrowful. Her writing possesses those qualities drawn from the four functions of human experience, working in harmony, which Jung distinguishes as needful for wholeness – feeling, intellect, intuition, sensation.”
Penelope Shuttle


“As she struggles with the demands of the walk she also struggles to comprehend the rueful ending of her marriage and of the process of ageing; she reflects on her past life: on the spiritual and creative tensions and blessings that sent her on her pilgrimage. This is an utterly-absorbing and enlightening book, of great value to anyone concerned with understanding what it is to be joyful, to be troubled, to be (above all) receptive to everything that makes us human. Follow Victoria Field every hard-won step of the way as she reclaims her life from the depredations of life, love, and love relinquished.”
Penelope Shuttle
 
“In our secular times, the ancient Camino – or pilgrims’ way – across northern Spain has become increasingly popular. That fact alone reveals that something else is going on in what is supposedly a secular age. But the genius of Victoria Field’s engaging, intimate, painfully honest and often moving account of her own ‘mid-life muddle’ of a pilgrimage rests in how in Baggage, past, present and future combine spiritually and creatively.”
Peter Stanford
 
“How does anyone survive the ending of a marriage? In Baggage, both Victoria Field’s sense of wonder and awareness of loss continually fascinate. She packs her bag and joins hundreds of other pilgrims, but only a poet could depict so acutely how a marriage fails. Tough, lyrical, devastating, Baggage is a courageous achievement.”
Robert Minhinnick


Victoria Field was born in London in 1963.  She has lived and worked in Turkey, Russia, Pakistan and Cornwall and is now based in Canterbury. She is a prize-winning writer of poetry, fiction and drama and is a former writer-in-residence at Truro Cathedral. She works as a poetry therapist.

This product was added to our catalog on Friday 22 April, 2016.
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Regular Cornish language classes with Mick Paynter.

London. The Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Gallery permanent exhibition of women in medicine.

First Sunday of every month, Redruth. Shout with the Red River singers.

Second Wednesday of every month, Luxulyan. Prys Ton – Cornish Music Session.

Until 17 December 2017, Bow, London. Exhibition – The Working Artist: The East London Group.

Until 6 January 2018, Southend. Exhibition – From Mile End to Mayfair: The East London Group & their contemporaries.

9 November 2017, Bodmin, Cornwall. Talk by Paul Holden on the architect Richard Coad.

11 November 2017, Brecon. Peter’s Books and Pamphlets, a literature stall in Brecon Farmer’s Market.

16 November 2017, Liskeard, Cornwall. Paul Holden gives the Inaugural George Vaughan-Ellis RIBA Memorial Lecture.

16 November 2017, Walthamstow, London. Book launch of The November Boy by Bernat Manciet and Q&A with the translator, James Thomas.

18 November 2017, Marazion, Cornwall. Carol workshop led by Hilary Coleman.

20 November 2017, St Columb Major, Cornwall. Talk and Cornish carols with the Red River Singers.

25 November 2017, Redruth, Cornwall. Redruth Wassail.

26 November 2017, Heartlands, Cornwall. Red River Singers at the Christmas Market.

29 November 2017, London. Paul Holden talk on Princes to Paupers: portraiture in the Lanhydrock photographic collection.

2 December 2017, Liskeard, Cornwall. Nadelik Lyskerrys event with carols and book signing.

3 December 2017, Piece, Cornwall. ‘First & Last’ carols at the Countryman Inn.

4 December 2017, Stratton, Cornwall. Cornish carol concert.

5 December 2017, Truro, Cornwall. Talk and Cornish carols with the Red River Singers.

8 December 2017, Redruth, Cornwall. Old Time Christmas carols in the Butterwalk with the Red River Singers.

9 December 2017, Illogan, Cornwall. Cornish carol concert featuring the Red River Singers.

14 December 2017, Luxulyan, Cornwall. Shout on Picrous Eve.

15 December 2017, Gwinear, Cornwall. Carol concert with the Red River Singers at the Christmas Tree Festival.

15 December 2017, St Day, Cornwall. Carols with Caharrack and St Day Silver Band.

16 December 2017, Redruth, Cornwall. Talk and Cornish carols with the Red River Singers.

16 December 2017, St Ives, Cornwall. Carol Service with the combined choirs of St Ives.

19 December 2017, Stithians, Cornwall. Carol concert.

22 December 2017, Pool, Cornwall. Carols with the Red River Singers.

25 December 2017, Four Lanes, Cornwall. Christmas Day carols in the Square.

2 January 2018, Carnon Downs, Cornwall. Talk and Cornish carols with the Red River Singers.

5 January 2018, Pool, Cornwall. Twelfth Night Celebration.

7 December 2017, Piece, Cornwall. ‘First & Last’ carols at the Countryman Inn.

20 January 2018, London. Paul Holden talk on “Estate Mapping at its Finest”: the Lanhydrock Atlas, 1696.