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. Her debut novel, girl, was short-listed for the Cinnamon Press Novel award in 2009. 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 website, Poetry and other Pleasures mariastrawcinar.blog 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. She curated an Ekphrastic exhibition and readings can be found on her Facebook page Poetry Live Maria Straw-Cinar http://www.facebook.com/mariastrawcinar. Afeto was nominated for the 2019 Ted Hughes award for innovation in poetry.
She is currently a Doctorate researcher at De Montfort University working on a practice-based creative Phd , The Resurrection Women, developing a T.V Drama, Wild Women of Paris, about Natalie Barney and the female artists and writers living in Paris in the 20’s. Her playwriting aims to create more female-centric narratives and bring to life inspirational women from history in her writing for theatre, film and television.
Girl is available now at Chaffinch Press.