Books by Glenda Young

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Corrie weekly update - Buzzer Bee and a Caesar Salad

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


This week in Corrie, the new Weatherfield County gazette was chosen.

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Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Front Page News


I've a short story in The People's Friend magazine today. It's called The Scent of Orange Blossom and was inspired by - and set in - my favourite village in Southern Spain.  The story has made the cover of the magazine too.


Also in the magazine is another instalment of my weekly soap opera, Riverside, which is SO much fun to write. I love it!


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Monday, September 04, 2017

G is for Glenda


“And this is Linda.”
“Glenda.”
“Sorry, this is Brenda.”
“It’s Glenda.”
“Sorry… did you say Glenys?”
“It’s Glenda. As in, you know, Glenda Jackson.”
“Oh, I liked her. She was in Downtown Abbey, wasn’t she?”
“No. She was a classical actress, done loads of films and stage plays. She’s an MP now I think. Anyway, my name’s Glenda. G. L. E. N. D. A.”
“God, I’m sorry, I thought you said Linda. And then I thought I heard Brenda.”
“It’s OK, I get it all the time.”
“Bit unusual, isn’t it?”
“Not really, no. Not to me, anyway. But lots of people get it wrong.”
“It’s not a name you hear every day.”
“Suppose not. There was a Glenda in Eastenders once.
“Eastender Glenda, that’s got a ring to it. I like that.”
“I don’t watch Eastenders though.”
“Me neither.”
“More of a Corrie fan.”
“Has there been a Glenda in Corrie?”
“Years ago there was, before my time. Been a couple of Glendas, I think, just bit parts, you know, not famous characters or anything.”
“I see you write short stories. I write poems mainly. Not much rhymes with Glenda I expect.”
“Oh I don’t know. I once had a poem from Stephen Fry, he emailed it to me, I’ve still got it. I printed it off and laminated it and I read it now and then. He managed to rhyme all sorts with Glenda.”
“Stephen Fry, off the telly?”
“Yeah.”
“Oh.”
“I know. And I did my MA in Gender.”
“Gender Glenda? Oh, I like that! Oh look, here’s Sue, she’s the one who organized tonight. Hi Sue. This is Gwen”.

True Story

Yours truly,
Glenda – not Linda or Brenda or Glenys or Gwen.

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Sunday, September 03, 2017

Top 10 best music gigs of my life


Last month I had a birthday and one of the presents I was given was a DVD of a B52s gig. I mused while watching it last night that seeing the B52s at Camden Roundhouse in London was up there with the best gigs of my life. This set me thinking which of the other gigs I've been to that I'd put into a top ten, if I were to make one.

Now then, this isn't a top 10 where number 1 is the best. It's just a list of ten gigs that have left a lasting impression on me.   People who know me may be surprised that there's no David Bowie gigs on the list. I've seen him twice but both were huge arena type gigs where he appeared as nothing more than a speck on the stage from my seat at the back.

So here we go with my ten gigs that have left a lasting impression on me.


B52s at Camden Roundhouse in London, 2008. You can read about that here.  I've been a fan of the band since I first heard Give Me Back My Man played in Sunderland's Heroes when I was just 17 and shouldn't have been out drinking.


U2 at Gateshead Stadium in 1982. I was right near the front. U2 were there to support The Police but it was U2 I was blown away by. I'd never heard of them and wasn't aware they existed. But the day after the gig I went out and bought all of their albums - all two of them  (Boy & October) - from HMV in Sunderland, went home and played them to bits. I remained a fan until Bono turned odd. There's a great write-up of the Gateshead Stadium festival here.


Alabama 3 at Brixton Academy London in 2001. I've seen Alabama 3 a few times but this was the first, and remains the best of their gigs, for me.  The band were riding high after selling their song Woke Up This Morning as the theme tune to The Sopranos TV series (which I adore and have watched the box set more than, er, a few times).  To celebrate their success, they threw everything and the kitchen sink at this gig. It was mad, bad, raucous and a great deal of fun.  Every time I've seen them after that first time, they've never captured the same atmosphere. I was glad to have been there.


Ian Dury tribute concert, Brixton Academy London in 2000.  A concert tinged with sadness of course, but a joyous tribute all the same. Included Blockheads songs covered by the likes of Robbie Williams, Reckless Eric, Chas and Dave, Madness, Mark Lamarr and Phill Jupitus, Tom Robinson and Kirsty MacColl, Mick Jones. Even the wonderful Kathy Burke sang Billericay Dickie.  There's a good blog post about this gig here. 


Alison Moyet in Los Angeles. Sadly I can't remember the venue but it was an intimate club, where I danced my socks off. I was living out there at the time, so can put the date between 1990-3 but apart from that I'm lost.  Alison Moyet is the one music artist I've seen more than any other. Long may it continue.

INXS and The Soup Dragons in Las Vegas in 1991. This was an odd one, memorable for a couple of things, none of which was the music.  Firstly, the venue was a show room in Las Vegas casino, Bally's Grand. Nothing unusual in that, a lot of gigs are held in Vegas. But because it was Vegas, the show started with dancing girls on the stage wearing nothing more than feathers, sequins and a smile. And INXS lead singer Michael Hutchence's girlfriend at the time was Kylie Minogue, whom he pulled on stage from the audience to sing.


The Pioneers at Camden Jazz Cafe, 2010.  One of the original ska bands and I'm a huge fan of ska. Sounding and looking as good as you would want them to. An amazing night.  I blogged about it here.

Speaking of ska, the final three gigs are ska and reggae related.  The first is The Skatalites at Dingwalls London in 2003.  I've seen The Skatalites many times since this gig, but nothing compares to the first time I saw them live. It was one of those gigs where everything came together perfectly - the music, the mood, the venue, the dancing, the skanking and the drinking. Perfect, just perfect. I smiled for days afterwards. Just thinking about it now makes me lively up inside.



Jimmy Cliff at Newcastle Riverside 2015. Not just a great singer, but some would say the man who brought reggae to the UK.  A fantastic songwriter too, who composed many of the best selling ska and reggae hits.  The man, the legend, the gig. There's a good write-up of it here.



And finally, the gig that started it all for me.  It wasn't one of my first gigs - that would have been, the, er, Nolans at Sunderland Empire or, more reputation-saving, Blondie at Newcastle City Hall in 1980 when I was just 16 and my dad met my friend and I from the train when it arrived back in Sunderland.  No, the gig that really kicked off my love of ska and reggae was seeing The Specials on stage at the Sunderland Mecca in 1979, a year I was still at school. I remember the pink and black mod dress and white winkle-picker shoes I bought specially from my Saturday Job money. And yes, 30 years later I saw them again in Brixton, London. I blogged about it here.

You might also like to read about the second-worst gig of my life.

And perhaps the worst gig too.

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Saturday, September 02, 2017

Novel-writing Diary - Week 7 - In the Groove


Only when I'm writing can I feel this free
At night I lock the door so no-one else can see
I'll never tire of writing here all by myself
Next week I wanna write with no-one else

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Corrie weekly update - Rita, Helene and Philosophical Phelan

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


This week in Corrie, the demise of Rita Tanner continued.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Tina the Taxi Driver


I've a short story called Tina the Taxi Driver which is published in The People's Friend magazine today.  Also in the magazine is another instalment of my weekly soap opera Riverside.

The People's Friend are currently offering writing workshops, one in Dundee and one in York. If you're at all interested in writing for the magazine and learning the craft of writing short stories, I highly recommend this. I attended the workshop in York in 2016 and it was a truly wonderful day - like being back at school having my favourite lesson - all day long.



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Monday, August 28, 2017

Novel-writing Diary. Week 6: Perchance to Dream


This week I had a holiday, a few days break to my favourite Yorkshire sea-side place and to visit my mum-in-law in Yorkshire too. I also had a birthday so it's been a great week.  It also meant I had a break from writing for a few days.  That doesn't  mean I had a break from thinking and planning and talking to my characters though. No. That all still went on.

But what did happen is that I started dreaming again. I love dreaming and I do it a lot. I have vivid dreams, in colour, that I tend to remember well the next day. But when I'm writing, I stop dreaming. Now I'm not Freud (as you know) and I don't know Fancy Brain Stuff (as you may also know) but it seems to me there's a clear link between creativity during the day time and not dreaming at night. Or at least for me there is.

Anyway, I dreamed. I had a great week's holiday and I ate ice-cream.

Today I'm back to writing again with two chapters to complete before a deadline next week.

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Red-Top Truths


Many years ago I studied my journalism degree as a mature student. It's one of the best things I ever did, life-changing in every way.

As part of my course and because I was (and still am) a huge Coronation Street fan, I set up a Corrie fan site dedicated to one particular character. I won't say who it was because the site has long gone. But while it existed, it was huge and even got a mention on the Graham Norton show.

One day on my University course, I opened an email from a tabloid journalist who told me that my fan website had been hacked by pornographers and asked if I had any comment to make. I checked the website. No hack. No porn. I ignored the email. He sent another, demanding a comment. I ignored it again. He printed a lie of a story about the website being hacked.  That was over 20 years ago.

Today I've just read a critical tabloid article online about a Coronation Street cast member. It was published by a different tabloid, but it's the same journalist's name on the byline as the one who contacted me 20 years ago.

I was stunned. That's 20 years of that person's life they've spent every day, dreaming up and writing the worst possible things about people they don't know.  What a waste of that person's writing talents and journalistic career. What a waste of a life.

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Novel writing diary week 5: More tea, vicar?


This week has been busy and I've now completed four chapters in total. I've settled into a writing routine, things are going well and my mind's in overdrive. In fact, it's been so much in overdrive that I had to take part of one day to look again at planning as I was in danger of speeding and going off track.

Having a plan for each chapter has been crucial for me. Lists, planning - that's how my brain works. And then around the constructed loom of each chapter plan I weave and embroider my tale. This is when I find out my plan either holds up brilliantly or doesn't work at all. If it's the latter then tweaks are made, changes happen and the plan shifts and morphs to fit the new characters and situations which have crawled out of my brain.

I also had tea with the vicar this week who shared tales from the parish at the time in which my novel is set. Creative inspiration works in mysterious ways.

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Corrie Weekly Update - The Jammie Dodger Code of Conduct

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


This week in Corrie, the Cabbie's Code of Confidentiality strikes again

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Mum's Perfect Day Out


I've a short story called Mum's Perfect Day Out in this week's edition of My Weekly magazine.

It's a story inspired by true events and features two sisters who take their mum on a very special day out.

In fact, it's the one day out that their mum has always wanted to take.

But she isn't there to enjoy it with them...

I do hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Little Book of Carla Connor


It's been announced today that Alison King is returning to Coronation Street in the role of Carla Connor. Perfect timing then to relive all of Carla's storylines from her very first appearance to her very last via my book I wrote and published last year.

The book is available in paperback as an ebook from Amazon.

BUY IT HERE

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Novel Writing Diary Week 4: Writing and Worrying

This is me as a writer, in my head.


This is me as a writer, in reality. 
Two chapters are written and the third is underway. I'm on a deadline to produce and submit six chapters before I go away on my jollies next month.  That's OK, it's doable. I've done myself a schedule. Ooh, it's a lovely schedule, on a spreadsheet, all colour co-ordinated with a nice font and I love tweaking it and updating it and... 
... it's so easy to get distracted. It's so easy to do anything other than sit down and write. But when I do, I get lost in the power of words, the power of my story, the power of being me as a writer. The me I have always wanted to be. 
(Note to self: that's far too cheesy a thing to be admitting in a public forum).
So the writing is going well, as is the tweaking of the schedule and the colouring-in of the spreadsheet. 
But I'm worrying too. Is there too much dialogue? Not enough? Are the characters coming alive for the reader in the same way that they're alive in my head? How do I move on time? Should I move on time and... oh, hang on...  my spreadsheet needs tweaking again.

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Corrie Weekly Update - Diamante M and The Smudges App


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

This week in Corrie, could Tracy and Steve be getting back together again?


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Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Novel Writing Diary Week 3: Planning and Plotting


I've spent today planning and plotting all 20 chapters of my novel. This is what the floor of my writing study (aka our spare room) looked like this morning.  One piece of paper represents one chapter of the  book.

Eagle-eyed readers might have spotted only 19 sheets of paper above. Aha! That's because I've already had my first chapter accepted, and have been given the go-ahead to finish the book with the first 5 chapters due in a matter of weeks.

Eagle-eyed readers might also spot that chapter 18 looks a bit empty. It was... I've jzuzzed it up a bit since I took the photo.

Tomorrow I am ready to lose myself as I start again to write... and write... and write.

And just when I thought I'd done all of the research that I needed to do,  I met someone at the weekend, a vicar no less. He offered some wonderful stories of the time and the place I am writing about. An afternoon at the vicarage to hear more of his tales has been planned, Biscuits may be involved.

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Saturday, August 05, 2017

Corrie weekly update: Slack Alice, Chachi - and Romeo in Overalls


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

This week in Corrie, the back room at the Rovers proved its worth in gold.


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Saturday, July 29, 2017

My big fat novel-writing diary - week 2



It's the end of week two of my novel writing adventure and here I am with another blog post.

This week has been busy with research. I've immersed myself in a time and a place. I've been talking to people, to experts in their field, researchers, writers.  I've handled objects from decades ago; held original documents in my hands that have made me cry; pored over maps.

I've visited museums and walked the village in which my story is set, walking the streets as my lead character, seeing it all through her eyes.

Our spare room has now become my working and writing room, taken over by corkboards to which I've pinned pictures, maps and notes.

I am almost ready to write.

Many months ago, before writing a novel was part of my plan, I booked an afternoon of meditation to help calm my creative, busy mind. That afternoon is tomorrow, the day before I begin to shape my thoughts into words.

Perfect, perfect timing.

If you missed it, week 1 of the diary is here.

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Corrie weekly update - Babies, Beige and Teenage Girls


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

This week in Corrie, it's like Ena and Elsie all over again.


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