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Words for Wellbeing

Since 2005, Sue Mayfield has been working in the field of arts-and-health exploring the wellbeing benefits of putting things into words.


She has been Writer in Residence at Delancey Hospital, Musgrove Park Hospital, and Southmead Hospital, Word Artist at Callington Road Hospital, and was a member of the Artlift Team in Gloucestershire GP practices from 2007-2012.


Between 2008-2018 Sue ran expressive writing courses for people affected by cancer at Maggie’s Centre and Writing Yourself Well courses at Finding Words, her private practice in Cheltenham.


She has led workshops for GPs–in-training, for members of the public at Solas and Greenbelt Festivals and for students on UWE’s Arts and Health Facilitation Course.


She occasionally runs writing-days at Ferndale Studio in Dumfriesshire.


Sue Mayfield is a member of Lapidus, and NAWE.


See News for upcoming workshops or get in touch to discuss new opportunities.
















This short film is a collage of words. The voice is mine but all the words were either written or spoken by Artlift Participants at Saintbridge and Rosebank surgeries, Gloucester, during writing sessions between 2007-2011. The word fragments describe pictures, objects and experiences and express feelings about taking part in Artlift. Thanks to everyone involved.


Read Sue’s wellbeing poem, Take a Risk, Dance, Sing commissioned by Willis Newson

Watch Sue’s short film Words