AN award-winning writer from Sunderland, whose debut novel is published this month, will talk about her work at a special, free event.

Glenda Young’s short stories have been published in a wide range of national magazines, winning her a legion of fans worldwide.

And, to celebrate the publication of her first novel, she is heading to The Word, National Centre for the Written Word, South Shields, on Wednesday 7 November.

During An Audience With Glenda Young, she will talk about her work in general and give attendees an insight into her new book, Belle of the Back Streets.

The first of three books set in the coalmining village of Ryhope in 1919 it is ‘a dramatically powerful and romantic saga of tragedy and triumph,’ centred on beautiful young street hawker, Meg Sutcliffe.

With only her trusty dog Spot and beloved horse Stella for company, the meagre money Meg earns is all that stands between her family’s safety and predatory rent collector Hawk Jackson.

Belle of the Back Streets will be published in hardback, audio and e-book this month and in paperback in March 2019. Two further novels set in Ryhope will be published in 2019/2020.

Along with writing short stories Glenda is also the author of the first ever weekly soap opera, Riverside, for The People’s Friend magazine – the longest running women’s magazine in the world.

A life-long fan of ITV soap opera Coronation Street, she also runs two websites for like-minded fans of the show.

An Audience with Glenda Young will take place from 2pm to 3pm and is free to attend. For more information visit www.theworduk.org.