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NA - Naomi Alderman Archive

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Naomi Alderman Archive
Authors, English -- 20th century
Authors, English -- 21st century
Alderman, Naomi
Administrative/Biographical history
Naomi Alderman is a critically acclaimed and prize-winning author and graduate of UEA's MA in Creative Writing, Prose Fiction (2003). Alderman grew up in London and attended Oxford University and UEA.

Her most recent novel The Power was the winner of the 2017 Baileys' Women's Prize for Fiction. It was longlisted for the 2017 Orwell Prize and chosen as one of the best books of the year by the New York Times, the Washington Post, the LA Times, NPR, Entertainment Weekly and the San Francisco Chronicle. The Power topped Barack Obama’s list of his favourite books from 2017 and has been translated into more than 30 languages.

Her first novel, 'Disobedience', was published in ten languages and has recently been adapted into a feature-length film by Oscar-winning director Sebastián Lelio, starring Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams. In 2006 she won the Orange Award for New Writers. In 2007 she was named Sunday Times’ Young Writer of the Year, and one of Waterstones’ 25 Writers for the 'Future'. Her prize-winning short fiction has appeared in numerous publications and anthologies.

Naomi was lead writer on the alternate reality game 'Perplex City', and has worked as a games writer for over a decade. In 2011 she wrote the Doctor Who novel, 'Borrowed Time'. She is the lead writer of the smartphone app and podcast 'The Walk'. In 2012 she co-created the top-selling fitness game and audio adventure 'Zombies, Run!' with games company Six to Start – it has been downloaded millions of times and continues to be a market-leader.

Naomi presents Science Stories – a programme about the history of science on BBC Radio 4 – and is a member of the XPRIZE Sci-Fi Advisory Council. She has been mentored by Margaret Atwood as part of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, and in April 2013 she was named one of Granta’s Best British Novelists in their once-a-decade list. She is Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
This collection is on loan to UEA Archives under the British Archive for Contemporary Writing's innovative Storehouse Model. Multiple transfers of papers have been made to the Archives between 2015-2018. The collection of 28 boxes is still in the process of being catalogued. A significant amount of material is background research and professional papers. Some material has been embargoed. Three boxes have been described.
Scope and content
Alderman’s archive features notebooks, manuscript drafts for her novels, 'Disobedience' and 'The Power', as well as annotated creative writing workshop submissions, early short stories and some edited scripts for Alderman's co-created Zombies Run! app.
Conditions governing access
Available for private, non-commercial research.
Conditions governing reproduction
Relevant copyright permissions must be obtained before any reproductions of documents can be made. The University of Anglia does not hold copyrights for any material in this collection. Please address all copyright enquiries to Veronique Baxter, David Higham Associates.
Cataloguing in progress.
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