A WRITER who has become an integral part of the history and culture of the world’s longest-running soap, Coronation Street, will give two talks about her work.

Glenda Young will appear as part of the Sunderland Literature Festival at Washington Library at 2pm on Monday at Houghton-le-Spring Library at 2pm on Friday October 20.

Ms Young, who graduated from the University of Sunderland with a Journalism degree, has been running the Coronation Street Blog fan website since 2007.

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She will discuss the Coronation Street Blog, and her seven Coronation Street TV tie-in books – which have had a golden seal of approval this week.

Ms Young said: “I’m really honoured that all of my Coronation Street books will be available to buy in the museum shop at Salford Museum during the run of the Tony Warren exhibition.”

The exhibition celebrates the life of the man who created Coronation Street. The soap opera was a huge innovation in drama, giving an unparalleled insight into working class lives when it first aired on ITV in 1960.

For more details go to: www.sunderland.gov.uk/literature-festival.