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Saturday, November 30, 2019

Coronation Street weekly update - Shock Stape soap spoiler

I've been writing Coronation Street weekly updates since 1995 and this week's Coronation Street has just gone live here.


And if you'd like to support the Coronation Street weekly updates (please),
you can donate here. 
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Glenda Young

Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Friday, November 29, 2019

Putting myself about a bit this Christmas


I'm putting myself about a bit this Christmas, in the nicest possible way.

Sunday 1 December from 2pm to 3pm I'll be at the National Glass Centre Sunderland as part of Museum Shop Sunday. All details here.



Sunday 8 December at 3pm I'm giving a talk on my novels set in Ryhope, Sunderland at the Christmas Cracker event at Fulwell Community Centre. Norman Kirtlan, another local author and a member of the Sunderland Antiquarian Society, will also be talking about his books. There'll be mince pies, a glass of fiz, sparkle and raffle prizes galore. All details here




Thursday 12 December from 6pm I'll be at Waterstone's Sunderland doing a book signing of the hardback of Pearl of Pit Lane.



And last but by no means least I'll be at the Christmas Fayre at United Reform Church, Sidecliff Road, Roker, Sunderland on Saturday 14 December from 12 noon to 3.30pm. There'll also be a raffle to win one of my books.



Hope you see you at one, or more of the events!

For a list of all the events I'm taking part in during 2020 (so far!) have a look at my website
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Glenda Young

Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Museum Shop Sunday at National Glass Centre, Sunderland


As part of this year's Museum Shop Sunday, I've been invited in to the National Glass Centre in Sunderland where I'll be signing books in the gift shop. This is an absolute dream for me, for many reasons. Not least because I adore museum gift shops, they're my favourite kind of shop. Just ask my husband how difficult it is for us to leave a museum or art gallery after we've had a look around.

"I just need to look in the gift shop!"

And now I'll be signing my books, this Sunday 1 December 2019 from 2pm to 3pm. The Glass Centre will have all three books for sale including the newly released Pearl of Pit Lane which is out now in hardback, ebook and audiobook.

All three books are set in Sunderland in 1919 and all star feisty young heroines, top Ryhope and Sunderland girls and women.

To see more events I'm taking part in this year - and even some I've been asked to do for 2020, have a look at my website here.

Hope you see you on Sunday, please come! I'll have chocolates!

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Glenda Young

Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

'Hitting my stride at 55' in Platinum Magazine


Twiggy on the front cover - and I'm on page 179. I really am absolutely over the moon and chuffed about this.

Read all about me 'Hitting my Stride at 55' in this month's Platinum magazine which is on the shops today!

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Glenda Young

Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Christmas story in My Weekly magazine


I've a comedy Christmas story called Top of the Tree in My Weekly magazine, which is in the shops today.

It's a story told from the point of view of the Christmas fairy on top of the tree. She sees everything and misses nothing!


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Glenda Young

Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Coronation Street weekly update - Funeral, Truth and a Big Winter Coat

I've been writing Coronation Street weekly updates since 1995 and this week's Coronation Street has just gone live here.


And if you'd like to support the Coronation Street weekly updates (please),
you can donate here. 
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Glenda Young
Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Fancy a fun, festive read? My book of Christmas short stories

Fancy a fun, festive read?

The Greatest Snowman is my book of Christmas short stories, available now in paperback (£2.99) and ebook (£1.99).

Available here.

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Glenda Young
Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

On the shelf in Sunderland civic centre


Things happen, don't they? Nice things, I mean. Nice things that make your heart swim with pride and put a tear in your eye. Today was one of those days when something lovely happened. 

Kathryn Robertson is an illustrator and her website is here.  She's created this mural (or as Hilda Ogden would say, a muriel) which now graces a wall in the cafe at Sunderland civic centre. It's a mural of a bookshelf with some Sunderland authors and I'm over the moon to be included. I'm there with Marie Gardener, Nancy Revell, Jessica Andrews, Alan Parkinson, Iain Rowan, Kate Adie, Terry Deary.  

And there's more.  The mural is part of a bigger picture with more authors - including the author of one of my favourite books Alice in Sunderland - Bryan Talbot, Mary Talbot, David Turton, Sarah Dobbs, Jane Gulliford, Shiela Quigley and Paul Swinney, 


What an absolute joy.
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Glenda Young
Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Corrie weekly update - Don't mess with Big Mamma

I've been writing Coronation Street weekly updates since 1995 and this week's Coronation Street has just gone live here.

And if you'd like to support the Coronation Street weekly updates (please),
you can donate here. 
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Glenda Young
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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Publication Day for Pearl of Pit Lane


Today - Thursday November 14th 2019 is the publication day of Pearl of Pit Lane

It is published today in hardback, audiobook and eBook. by Headline and available in all good book shops and libraries.

This is my third gritty saga novel set in the coalmining and farming village of Ryhope, Sunderland in 1919.

The paperback will be released in March 2020.


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Glenda Young
Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

The joy of the Christmas fayre


I love a Christmas Fayre. And I'll be at my local fayre on Saturday 14 December from 12 noon to 3.30pm with a stall selling my three novels published so far. 

These are: 

Belle of the Back Streets (paperback)
The Tuppenny Child (paperback)
Pearl of Pit Lane (hardback)

I will happily sign and dedicate books too. Come along, it'll be a great afternoon!

Roker United Reformed Church, Sidecliff Road, Roker SR6 9JP.

There's a full list of all my upcoming talks and events here.

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Glenda Young
Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

The Tuppenny Child in My Weekly Christmas Gift Guide


I'm over the moon about this.

The Tuppenny Child is featured today in My Weekly magazine's Christmas Gift Guide. Not only that, but they call it a "Lovely romantic saga" too.

Thank you so much!

If you'd like to know more about the book and buy it, all details are here.


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Glenda Young
Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Saturday, November 09, 2019

Corrie weekly update - Spaghetti and Scrabble on the Street

I've been writing Coronation Street weekly updates since 1995 and this week's Coronation Street has just gone live here.

And if you'd like to support the Coronation Street weekly updates (please),
you can donate here. 
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Glenda Young
Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

Countdown to Pearl of Pit Lane


Gorgeous new images in advance of the release of my third novel, Pearl of Pit Lane, in hardback, audiobook and ebook on Thursday 14 November. 

It's about a young girl called Pearl who lives with her aunt Annie in a run-down room in a pit village. To make ends meet, Annie works the streets at night and when Pearl turns 16, she wants Pearl to take to the streets too. 

But Pearl has other ideas for her future...  can she really escape a life on the streets?

You can pre-order it here.

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Glenda Young
Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Sunday, November 03, 2019

Snuggle up with a Saga


A lovely review of The Tuppenny Child today in Frost Magazine who says: 

"Snuggle up with a Saga. Another heart-warming saga from the author of Belle of the Back Streets. Warm-hearted characters on every page and a fine attention to period detail sweep you away with Sadie as she sets out to find her child."

You can read all of the press and publicity for my books here.

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Glenda Young
Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Saturday, November 02, 2019

Corrie weekly update – the cable car quads

I've been writing Coronation Street weekly updates since 1995 and this week's Coronation Street has just gone live here.

And if you'd like to support the Coronation Street weekly updates (please),
you can donate here.

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Glenda Young
Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Friday, November 01, 2019

Two awards and publication - one helluva writing week

It's been a helluva week and it's not finished yet.



On Sunday 27th October I was one of six finalists in the Sunday for Sammy / Ian La Frenais Comedy Award 2019.  You can read more on that here and see all the pics.


On Tuesday 29th October I won third prize (regional) in the Sunderland Short Story Award 2019.



On Wednesday 30th October I had a short story - A Family Firm - published in The People's Friend magazine, along with another episode of my weekly soap opera Riverside. While this week's Riverside had a Hallowe'en theme, the short story A Family Firm, was a fun story about a taxi firm in trouble.



And then on Wednesday 30th and Thursday 31st October I took a road trip and an overnight stay to Apsley where I visited Frogmore Paper Mill. It's the world's oldest mechanised paper mill and I was there to research my fifth novel The Paper Mill Girl.  You can read all about my visit to this wonderful place right here.


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Glenda Young
Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Fantastic Frogmore Mill


October was my research month. I dedicated the whole month to researching my fifth novel which will be called The Paper Mill Girl. It's set around a Sunderland paper mill, positioning it at the edge of the village of Ryhope where my books are set in 1919.

Having done all the research I could possibly do in the northeast at archives, museums and libraries, I knew that I'd love to see inside a paper mill, working if possible, to get a feel for what it was like. Of course, in 1919 the era I'm writing about, I thought it highly unlikely I'd find an authentic paper making machine or get to know how the mills were run and especially about the role of women back then. 

Oh, how wrong I was. 


I've just returned from a two day visit to Frogmore Mill in Apsley and I can't recommend the place enough. It welcomes visitors to its museum, art gallery ... and even a brewery! It offers guided tours and - be still my beating paper mill girl heart - there's even a 1902 paper making machine that's still in use and you get to see it working! Frogmore was the world's first mechanised paper mill, it's where paper making as we know it began.  


I can't thank the staff and volunteers enough for making me feel so welcome and for answering my questions. Special thanks go to archivist Michael Stanyon who helped me navigate the details of the life of a woman working in a paper mill in 1919. It's details like these that will add such rich flavour to my novel.

Of course, not all of my month long research will go into my novel. The reader doesn't need, or want, to know how Fourdrinier machines work, or what a Hollander machine does. But I do. I needed to know all of these things. Then, when I sit down to plot and plan the novel next week (and start writing the week after), I'll have a wealth of knowledge on which to place my heroine Ruth and her family and all the drama that will unfold around them. 


At Frogmore, I even got to make my very own piece of paper. I'm going to keep it safe for the coming month and when The Paper Mill Girl is released in 2020, I've asked my illustrator friend Pickled Jo to paint the book cover onto it. 

If you're ever in Apsley, I highly recommend a visit to Frogmore Mill. It's simply fantastic. 
Their website is here.
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Glenda Young
Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor
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