Maura Pierlot has been reading and writing stories for as long as she can remember. She pretends to be an adult but secretly she’s still a teenager inside; maybe that’s why she enjoys writing for children and young adults. She also loves turning her mind to ‘big ideas,’ not surprising for someone with a PhD in philosophy.
Inspired by her music-loving children, Maura’s first picture book, The Trouble in Tune Town, won the 2018 ACT Writing and Publishing Awards and several overseas honours. Her children’s poems have been published in The Caterpillar and various anthologies, and her essays, memoir and poetry appear in Cicerone Journal and anthologies including These Tiny Threads Remind Me (The Written in the Time of COVID-19 Anthology) and Branch & Root (The Anthology of the Trees). Maura’s latest theatre work, Fragments played to sell-out crowds at The Street Theatre, Canberra, and she has received funding from artsACT to produce a digital adaptation of the work in 2021.
Besides writing full-time, Maura visits schools and libraries as a guest reader and speaker, and is a regular reviewer and interviewer for CBCA’s Reading Time. She is also a Role Model, Sponsor and volunteer grant writer for Books in Homes Australia. In an earlier life, Maura was an ethicist, medical writer/editor/producer and business owner. When she’s not busy thinking, dreaming, laughing or creating – and sometimes even when she is – Maura enjoys spending time with her family at their avocado farm set within a coastal NSW rainforest, a property they share with wombats, echidnas, lyrebirds, kangaroos and two energetic Bordoodle pups.