Maria Straw-Çinar

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. Girl (Chaffinch Press 2020) is her debut novel. The manuscript for Girl was short-listed for the Cinnamon Press Novel award in 2009. In 2016 Maria self published a poetry collection Flamenco and her play, Vinegar Alley was long-listed for the Papatango Writing Prize 2016.Most recently, her ekphrastic poetry collection, Afeto was nominated for the Ted Hughes Poetry award 2019.

Maria is currently a Doctorate research student at De Montfort University working on a practice-based creative Phd , Queer Women of the Left Bank, 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 writing aims to create more female-centric narratives and  bring to life inspirational women from history in theatre, film and television. 


DUE: 3rd July 2020
Avialable for preorder

Praise For Girl

A coming of age, well crafted poetic masterpiece: Maria Straw-Cinar a talented contemporary novelist captures your heart from the first sentence to the last. We are all in this together – We shall all come through this together and this pain, at the loss of innocence too, will pass.
Wrapped and interwoven with finely spun gossamer words of beauty -Widely culturally referenced – A seminal feminist work of Art.We wait with bated breath for the next instalment on this amazing Woman’s “Road to Damascus”.

Rosie Wall
Director of Creative Women UK


Girl is mythic, magical and poetic, Girl takes us on an extraordinary journey through loss and transformation. At once an oneiric coming of age novel and an exploration of the violence of sexism and colonialism, Girl is an intense and unique read.

Jan Fortune
Author and Editor at Cinnamon Press

Girl is an amazing piece of work. The language is voluptuous, sinuous, rich in colour and delicious play of and on words…an astonishing virtuoso symphonic stream. The passion of it is head-on and the pain and sensuality in startling measure and degree. I revelled!

Graeme Fife

Orders will be shipped on 3rd July