Kirstin Maguire is 28 years old, born and raised in London, of Irish parents. Since graduating with a Drama Degree in 2006, she has worked in the charity sector and continues to do so. This has often involved using the arts in various settings including prisons, homeless shelters, and various community settings working with groups of all ages. She is currently working on strategy and development in a national mental health charity to improve opportunities for young people experiencing mental health difficulties. She has a keen belief in the power of the arts as a medium to change our political landscape and is a passionate believer in writing as a way of achieving this, and in poetry as a powerful medium of expression. Her literary influences include John Steinbeck, the Beat Poets, Surrealism, Romantic and Transcendental Poetry. Theatrical influences on her writing include the work of Antonin Artaud, Augusto Boal and Bertolt Brecht. She is inspired by eastern philosophy and this can be seen in the content of some of her pieces, which is also informed by personal experiences, and a wide range of music, most notably that of protest song. Although Kirstin has been writing for a number of years it is only relatively recently that she has started putting work out in the public domain, including through her blog, kirstinmaguire.blogspot.co.uk which she updates regularly. She looks forward to writing more in the future and developing and sharing her work.