Maria A. Ioannou was born in 1982, in Limassol, Cyprus. She studied English Literature in the UK (MA 20th Century Lit, King’s College London / BA English Lit, 1st Class, University of Reading). She has won awards in both local and international writing competitions and she often combines her writing/readings with other forms of art. Her collection of short stories – “The Gigantic Fall of an Eyelash” (Gabrielides Publishing, Athens 2011) – has been awarded the First Book Literary Prize by the Ministry of Education and Culture of Cyprus and has been selected to represent Cyprus in Budapest Literature Festival 2014. She has also been invited to Kikinda Short Story Festival in Serbia in July 2014. She is currently writing short stories for “Simio Stixis”, a collaboration with the artist Marina Yerali in “Politis” newspaper. She is also the founder of “Sardam”, an annual festival that presents alternative literary readings and workshops by writers from Cyprus and abroad.