Spotlight: Natalie Twum-Barima
— 11 Feb 2018, 14:41 by Lauren Furey
In 2018, Well Versed returned to Boxpark Croydon to deliver another unforgettable night of live spoken word performances. One such artist and regular at Well Versed is Natalie Twum-Barima. We caught up with her to get her take on the event and what the year ahead has in store for her.
Hey Natalie! How was Well Versed?
It was such a fun-packed night! We had a short interval over the Christmas holidays, so the crowd was buzzing at Well Versed's first spoken word event of the year. Darren, from Well Versed, had the crowd on the edge of their seats, as he kicked off his presenting for the night with some interesting quiz questions. As featured performers, myself and Salma love that feeling when the crowd are really clicking into the night, with such close engagement during each performance.
Were there any standout moments for you?
One of my highlights of the night was celebrating my birthday alongside Justine, another member of the Well Versed family. Also, there were 2 young children who went on stage to perform their solo pieces, and were later followed by performances by their mothers.
You're a Well Versed regular, are there still things that surprise you?
As a resident poet, it was great to see that our regular guests were continuing to turn up to our shows to show their support but that, also, a lot of guests were attending the event for their first time. The ‘open mic-ers’ also delivered some fresh content and it was great to see how the interest to perform for the first time keeps on growing.
What does 2018 have in store for you?
I recently released my first children’s book and will be releasing another children’s book soon, and potentially a poetry book! I’ll also be appearing at a number of live shows in and around London, so be sure to follow me on Instagram for more information. As an actress, I will also be releasing some sketches on my YouTube channel; plus, of course, appearing as a resident poet at Well Versed Ink’s monthly events at Boxpark Croydon.
Well Versed will return to Boxpark Croydon on 28 February. If you're a budding performer and writer and you want to showcase your skills then be sure to head down.