Chrissie Glazebrook

Chrissie Glazebrook, adopted as Christine Ann Wright (19 March 1945 – 7 December 2007) was a British writer, known for her novel The Madolescents (2001).

Chrissie Glazebrook
Born(1945-03-19)19 March 1945[1][2]
Died7 December 2007(2007-12-07) (aged 62)[1][2]
Scarborough, England, United Kingdom[1][2]
OccupationArts administrator, writer, secretary, journalist, broadcaster[1][2]
Notable awardsThe Waterstones Prize for Prose[3]
Time to Write Award[4]
Shuffling Off

Early life and marriageEdit

Glazebrook was adopted at 8 weeks by Mary and Ernest Wright and brought up in the Black Country.[1][2][5] She was educated at Cannock Grammar School and then did a secretarial course.[2] She married in the late 1960s and moved to Scarborough.[1][2][5] She was divorced a few years later.[1][2][5]


Before her writing career, Glazebrook had a number of jobs, including in a zoo and managing a vegetarian restaurant.[2][3] She also worked at the Stephen Joseph Theatre.[6]

From 1982 to 1990 she worked as a freelance writer and broadcaster.[2] She wrote for Jackie (magazine).[1][2][5] She produced Flavour of the Month, a cookery programme, for Tyne Tees Television, and also worked as a television presenter for Tyne Tees.[1][2][5]

In 1991 Glazebrook became an Arts Administrator at Northern Arts.[1][2] She was one of the founders of ProudWORDS, a gay and lesbian literature festival.[1][2][5]

In 1998 Glazebrook completed an MA in Creative Writing at Northumbria University.[1][5][7]

Her first novel, The Madolescents, was published in 2001.[1][2][5] Ray French said of the teenage narrator that "Rowena's cynical, fragile, vulgar voice is a delight".[8]

Glazebrook was part of a network of Northern writers, particularly women, including Julia Darling.[1][2][5]

Illness and deathEdit

Glazebrook suffered from depression.[1][2][5]

In 2006 she was diagnosed with liver and bowel cancer.[1][2][5] She died the following year in Scarborough, supported by her family.[1][2][5]

Selected worksEdit

Glazebrook's publications include:[9]

  • The Pocket Guide to Men (1986)
  • "The Full Monty", in Biting Back : new fiction from the North, (ed) Kitty Fitzgerald (IRON, 2001)
  • The Madolescents (Heinemann/Arrow, 2002)
  • Blue Spark Sisters (Heinemann/Arrow, 2003)


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q O'Brien, Sean (11 December 2007). "Chrissie Glazebrook". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s Fitzgerald, Kitty (14 December 2007). "Chrissie Glazebrook: Writer with a slapstick, acid wit". Independent. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  3. ^ a b Joe Keenan (2002). Blue Heaven. Arrow. pp. 2–. ISBN 978-0-09-943504-4.
  4. ^ Susan Leckey (22 December 2015). The Europa Directory of Literary Awards and Prizes. Routledge. pp. 310–. ISBN 978-1-135-35631-6.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Chrissie Glazebrook". Family Announcements. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  6. ^ "Administration". Scarborough In The Round. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  7. ^ "Creative Writing Student Successes". Northumbria University. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  8. ^ French, Ray (13 November 2007). "Ray French's top 10 black comedies". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  9. ^ "Chrissie Glazebrook". Northern Writers' Awards. Retrieved 17 August 2018.

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