Naomi Alderman: The Future

Tuesday 5 March
University of East Anglia
18.30 - 19.30
£ 10.00 - £8 conc, £5 student

This March, NCW and UEA are thrilled to welcome internationally bestselling author of The Power, Naomi Alderman.

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Naomi will be in conversation with UEA Lecturer and fiction writer Julianne Pachico about her latest novel, The Future – a white-knuckle tour-de-force that sees lone individuals taking on tech giants, highlighting how power corrupts the few who have it and what it means to stand up to them. With dazzling intensity, The Future explores the world we have made and where we are going: the future is here.

The event will include an audience Q&A and will be followed by a book signing in the foyer. Books will be available to buy on the evening, provided by Waterstones.


The Future

Martha and Zhen’s worlds are about to collide. An explosive chain of events is set in motion. While a few billionaires assured of their own safety lead the world to destruction, Martha’s relentless drive and Zhen’s insatiable curiosity could lead to something beautiful or the cataclysmic end of civilization. By turns thrilling, hilarious, tender and always piercingly brilliant, The Future unfolds at a breakneck speed, highlighting how power corrupts the few who have it and what it means to stand up to them.

The future is coming. The Future is here.

‘Gripping … about to sweep the charts’ — MARGARET ATWOOD

‘Alderman is a fabulous, witty writer on the digital world’ — SUNDAY TIMES


Please note: This event takes place at the Enterprise Centre, University of East Anglia, Norwich Research Park, Norwich, Norfolk, NR4 7TJ. Find out how to get there →

Students will be asked to show a valid student ID with a student ticket.



Lecture Theatre 1 is fully accessible and fitted with a hearing loop. Wheelchair spaces can be found at the rear of the lecture theatre (at ground level) but a stair lift is also available. Assistance dogs are welcome. Please let us know in advance of the event if you have any access needs by contacting [email protected].


In partnership with University of East Anglia

Naomi Alderman is the bestselling author of The Power, which won the Women’s Prize for Fiction, and was chosen as a book of the year by the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and was recommended as a book of the year by both Barack Obama and Bill Gates. The Power was recently adapted as a series for Amazon Prime. As a novelist, Alderman has been mentored by Margaret Atwood via the Rolex Arts Initiative, she is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and her work has been translated into more than thirty-five languages. As a video games designer, she was lead writer on the ground-breaking alternate reality game Perplex City, and is co-creator of the award winning smartphone exercise adventure game Zombies, Run!, which has more than 10 million players. She lives in London. Image © Annabel Moeller


Julianne Pachico was born in Cambridge, England and grew up in Cali, Colombia. Her latest book Jungle House was published in 2023 by Serpent’s Tail. She is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at UEA, and currently convenes the MA in Prose Fiction degree at UEA.