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.

2018 PROJECT EMBED and more of what we are up to...

Well, so far this year has been jam-packed.  Thank you so much to all our partners, supporters and funders. It has been a while since we have updated this site and we will just add a few lines here, for now.  For most up-to-date info of what we are up to check out our Facebook page and Twitter – links at the bottom of the page.

Project EMBED started with our fourth Normal? Festival of the Brain back in May and so far has included one Folkestone based training residency in local dementia units in a local nursing home. Thanks to the home and all the staff for their support. It’s a delight to be working locally and with Folkestone based writers and actors, and sharing our work with the wider public too. September sees us start the next part of the training and we will also be working with singer / songwriters who will create pieces with participants living with dementias. These will be performed at Queen Elizabeth Hall on November 3rd. Get your tickets here  The work will also be shown in Folkestone, as part of a special concert and sharing of work in the new year. Details of that coming soon. This project and its many parts has been funded and supported by Arts Council South East, Kent Libraries, Shepway, Folkestone Town Council and Big Lottery. We’ll tell you more about this and share specific case studies in the Autumn and Winter. We are delighted to have been chose to be part of KCC’s Social Impact Evaluation pilot – and our Autumn work will be evaluated as part of this.

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