Arts & literature
charity, working with
people experiencing a
dementia, isolated
individuals & communities.


Living Words is an arts and literature organisation, created in 2007 by Susanna Howard. The main part of our work is care home residencies, taking place over 8 - 15 weeks. Our writers and artists work co-creatively and one-to-one with people experiencing a dementia and isolated and disempowered people.
We enable individuals to feel heard and understood, even when communication seems lost. We run bespoke staff workshops and projects. We support free speech and expression.

Inspired by this participatory work we create books, performances, films, podcasts and events. We collaborate with other artists and organisations.


See latest news below for exciting events and sharings of the LIVING WORDS of people we have worked with!

19th – 22nd October sees us curating Folkestone Triennial artwork Customs House: Urban Room. LANGUAGE, LOCATION AND ME sees events across the four days and interactions within the space. Explore the boundaries of speech and how language affects our perceptions of ourselves and others by – eavesdropping on conversations; watching films; taking part in workshops; rewriting the UK citizenship test; attending a performance lecture; hearing the words of writers declaring where they live; and listening to a record playing the voices of Folkestone. FULL DETAILS:

13th – 14th October was the weekend Created Out of Mind Created Out of Mind joined BBC Radio 3 and Wellcome Collection. As collaborators, our work led by Susanna Howard as Created out of Mind team member was highlighted through commissioned pieces by BBC Proms Inspire winners, and sung by the fantastic National Youth Choirs of Great Britain’s Fellowship Octet. You can listen again to the live broadcast here, until 9th Nov:

2017 has seen our DECADE project, supported by ACE. Thank you ACE!

We created performance film ‘Shutnell’, working with Zbigniew Kotkiewicz and featuring Tracey Shorthouse, Glynis White and Wayne Eaton. Screened at Quarterhouse, Folkestone and Wellcome collection – and screening 19th to 22nd October in Folkestone Triennial artwork the Customs House/Urban Room.

We co-curated the 3rd ‘Normal? Festival of the Brain’, and worked with Folkestone Quarterhouse, Folkestone Fringe, Sick of The Fringe, plus Westminster Arts, FHCLCT, LAHF, and RSPH.

Through Susanna’s work as a collaborator at Created Out of Mind at Wellcome, our work has been shared and increased its reach through arts responsive projects at Royal Academy of Music; Central St Martins; BBC Radio 3 & Wellcome ‘Why Music? The Key to Memory’. And Susanna has recorded ‘Talking Life’ podcasts, to be released early October.

We have also been involved in many more events, talks and readings – as well as started co-creating our new communities programme, and developing our organisation.

Thank you to All of our friends and partners for a full 2017.
Here is to more growth this Autumn and into 2018!

About us

Arts and literature charity working with people experiencing dementia and isolated people.

Call us:+44 (0)7967 502 506
Call us:+44 (0)7967 502 506