World First takes place at Gladstone's Library

Author Naomi Alderman has treated an audience at Gladstone’s Library to a world first last month, with the first reading from her soon to be published novel entitled ‘Liar’s Gospel’. Naomi was one of the winners of the Library’s Writer-In-Residence scheme and become its first Writer-In-Residence in March.

Naomi delivered the sneak-preview reading at her welcome on Monday 5th March. During her stay at the Library, Naomi will also be delivering a talk on how she uses religion in fiction and a creative writing workshop on writing dialogue.

Naomi Alderman’s first novel ‘Disobedience’ was published in 2006 and won the Orange Prize for New Writers. Penguin published her second novel ‘The Lessons’ in April 2010 and her next novel ‘Liar’s Gospel’ will be published by them this August. In 2011, she published a Doctor Who novel for the BBC called ‘Borrowed Time’. During her time at the Library, Naomi will be working on a book for children.

Naomi also writes online computer games and was lead writer on the BAFTA-shortlisted alternate reality game ‘Perplex City’. She has recently completed a new iPhone app which she created with games studio, Six to Start. The running based game called ‘Zombies Run!’ has gone to the top of the I-tunes chart and is currently receiving rave reviews.

Four Writers-In-Residence will be at staying at the Library this year. Stella Duffy will spend the month of May at the Library, while Nadene Ghouri will visit in September and Ian Parks in November.

“We have a number of book and writing themed events at the Library this year” says Peter Francis, Warden at Gladstone’s Library. “The Library has always been a popular place for aspiring authors and many books have been written at the Library over the years. It is great to be able to provide these workshops and talks which will hopefully inspire more new authors.”

For details of our Writer-In-Residence events visit