Maria Straw-Cinar is a poet, writer, actress and teacher. After completing a Theatre and Drama degree at Warwick University, she studied acting for a further year at postgraduate level. Later she attended Central School of Speech and Drama and qualified as a Drama teacher. She wrote and produced her first play Deserted at The North Pole Theatre Greenwich in 1996.She then became artistic director of Praxis Theatre Laboratory touring venues across Ireland. Subsequently, she has worked as a writer, actress and teacher across Spain, Ireland, London, Paris, New York, San Francisco and Prague. She is currently developing a T.V Drama, Wild Women of Paris, about the female artists and writers living in Paris in the 20’s. Her playwriting offers parts for female actresses and she hopes also to bring to life inspirational women from history in her future writing for theatre, film and television. Her debut novel, girl, was short-listed for the Cinnamon Press Novel award in 2009 and is available to purchase online. In 2016 she published a poetry collection Flamenco with Lulu Press, and her play, Vinegar Alley was long-listed for the Papatango Writing Prize 2016.Her new website, Poetry and other Pleasures https://mstrawcinar.wordpress.com showcases her new projects as well as her previous work. In 2018 Maria was involved in a mentoring project with Jan Fortune, the editor of Cinnamon Press; creating an ekphrastic poetry collection.Afeto, inspired by the artist Lito de Silva. Afeto has been nominated for the 2019 Ted Hughes award for innovation in poetry.