Current Place of Residence: London
University: University of Oxford
Current/Recent Course: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English Language & Literature (2012)
Beyond her strictly academic studies she is fascinated by the efforts of African writers to engage politically through community-based theatre and whilst at Oxford performed in Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When The Rainbow Is Enuf, the first theatre production to be staged at the Oxford Union. She was a critic with the Oxford Theatre Review, contributed to Oxford University’s Poetry Society magazine, Ash, the feminist journal, Bluestocking,and co-founded the New African Writing Reading Group. She served as the Wadham representative to the Joint Consultative Committee at the English Faculty, and completed an academic exchange at Sarah Lawrence College in New York. Natalya's long-term goal is to raise the profile of arts in the Kenyan national curriculum. She studied for a CELTA qualification at International House in London, and intends to use her qualification to teach English abroad prior to returning to Oxford.