UEA alumna Naomi Alderman has been longlisted for the 2017 Orwell Prize for outstanding political writing for her latest novel The Power (Viking). The novel has also recently been longlisted for the 2017 Bailey’s Prize for Women’s Fiction. Naomi graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2003. Her first novel Disobedience (2006) won the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award and the Orange Broadband Prize for New Writers. Her second novel The Lessons (2010) was serialised for BBC Radio 4’s Book at Bedtime. Her third novel The Liars’ Gospel was published in 2012, when she was selected by the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative to be mentored by Margaret Atwood. In 2013 she was named as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists. The shortlist for the Orwell Prize will be announced on 15 May and the winner on 8 June.