About Us

Meet your course leaders

Lynn Ludditt

Lynn Ludditt is an award-winning freelance writer/trainer specialising in the design/delivery of bespoke intergenerational community programmes. She has written the ‘This is Me’ and ‘Back in the Day’ intergenerational reminiscence programmes for colleges as well as working in partnership with schools, women’s organisations, care settings, community groups and theatres.

Lynn is a published/performed playwright and is currently writing a new theatre piece – ‘STUNG’ – commissioned by North Derbyshire WASPI (Women Against State Pension Inequalities). She co-ordinated The Story Mine Project for Derbyshire County Council, has mentored two writers as part of the ‘Writing Ambitions’ Derbyshire Residencies programme and is reminiscence writer-in-residence for Matinee Dementia Screenings.

Leonie Martin

Leonie Martin is a Chesterfield-based poet, Writing for Wellbeing workshop facilitator and author of fiction and non-fiction works, including three books and many articles for local and national health and lifestyle magazines.

She has had short stories and poetry published in anthologies and online platforms. Leonie writes features for lifestyle publications including Reflections magazine and articles for health charities and community groups.

Drawing on experience as a writer on the Arts Council England funded ‘Writing Ambitions- Derbyshire Residencies Scheme’ in 2017, Leonie has since delivered regular Writing for Wellbeing workshops at Chesterfield Library and bespoke writing workshops in both physical and online formats for a range of community groups, including a local mental health charity, an addiction recovery centre and Whirlow Spirituality Centre in Sheffield.

She is also a trained, volunteer Reader Leader for national charity The Reader and facilitates Reading for Wellbeing sessions with vulnerable adults.

Leonie has lived with multiple sclerosis for 20 years and is currently researching and writing a novel based on the life of a medieval Dutch girl believed to have the first documented case of MS and which explores themes of invisible illness and its enduring stigma.

Leonie is a member of NAWE (National Association of Writers in Education), The Society of Authors and Lapidus.