WINSOME ‘LYRICAL HEALER’ DUNCAN
Creative Arts Practitioner
Born into a Bajun and Grenadian heritage, as a girl, Winsome grew up in North London but now lives and works in South London as a Workshop Facilitator in Drama, Poetry and Self-Empowerment. Through her work within the community and schools, she won the Southwark Culture Award in 2007. She was awarded for having a positive influence within the Borough of Southwark which, was presented during National Women’s Month. As a Radio Presenter, Winsome has had the pleasure of interviewing the likes of Omar, Ty, Don-E, Estelle, Bashy, Kevin Mark Trail, Dylan (P Diddy’s MTV Making The Band), Eska, Malik (Moorish Delta 7), Judith Jacob, Soweto Kinch, Michael Colyar (Def Jam Comedy) FLOetic Lara, Julie Dexter, Yolanda Brown (Saxophonist) Kojo (Def Jam Comedy UK) and many more.
Winsome’s ‘passion for poetry’ began in primary school when she was around 9 years old. “I used to like the way in which words would rhyme together”, she states. From then on she wrote poems for classmates for valentine day and birthdays whilst still at secondary school. “It was when I attended college that my passion for poetry flew off into the stratosphere”. When she entered the Afro-Caribbean showcase at Kingsway College, she won 1st place for two consecutive years. This set the stage to fine tune her art and step into the shoes of her pseudonym, the ‘Lyrical Healer’. Writing personalised framed poetry began as presents for family and friends, this would soon turn into a business called ‘The Healing Factory’. Being the director of her own company gave her full creative control when it came to writing her debut book ‘The Food Spiral’ which is self-published and available on Amazon. This collection of poetry talks frankly about her struggle with food addiction.
As an artist, Winsome uses her alias ‘Lyrical Healer’. As well as being a performance poet, she is also a singer/song-writer; writing for Dionne Mitchell from X-Factor plus songs for local and international artists. The name ‘Lyrical Healer’ was given to her by a close friend whilst they were talking on the telephone one day. “I have really grown into my name”, she confirms. The Royal Festival Hall, Arsenal Emirates Stadium, Jazz Café, Houses of Parliament, The Coronet, The Ocean, Millwall Football Stadium, South Bank, Hackney Empire and Ministry of Sound are just some of the venues where Winsome has performed. This exceptional woman is multi-talented and has a vast amount of talent to share within the creative industry. Through her own life experiences, she has embraced an authentic sense of what the human experiences are.
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JACQUELINE KIBACHA - PRETTY POET
A Passion for The Power Of Words
Born in the ‘haven of peace’ Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, this Poet enjoyed and excelled in creative writing from a young age, choosing it as her course of study. Gaining star grades in literature was just a part of it. Jacqueline discovered a talent for performing the written word and so studied to gain awards in speech and poetry presentation as well as gracing the stage in plays and musicals. A Fine Art graduate who spent much of her university life involved with music - through organising gigs and events, being a lead vocalist in a band and joining various choirs - Jacqueline’s taste in music grew to be eclectic. From Jungle to Soul, Reggae to Jazz, Electro to Hip-hop, all genres became avenues for exploration.
It was whilst preparing for her final year Art Show and recording with Deejays that Jacqueline began to experiment with sounds and words in the form of Poetry. Previously, the roles she performed were those written by other writers, now a platform emerged to write and perform her own roles. Drawing on her experiences and observations of growing up in three different Continents and exploring the dynamics of relationships, along with others, she began to put together a collection of works - both poetry and prose. The name PRETTY POET was given to her in 2005 and a new dimension to her Spoken Word Poetry was born.
‘Contentment’ was the first piece of work unleashed on the digital Diaspora and it played as part of DJ sets in Leeds, Birmingham and London in these UK Lounge spots. Recently featured on the BBC World Service, this underground PRETTY POET is finding that there is a growing appetite for the poetic in places where you would least expect. She has been working on her first album with genius French Producer and Composer, Dominique Lepine (Dr Do) and most recently, has begun to collaborate with acclaimed East African Producer Ambrose Akwabi aka Dunga of Mandugu Digital.