ABOUT Big Ideas Press
All my life I’ve been grappling with big ideas – in business, in philosophy, in life. Now more than ever, we need critical thinking skills to tackle community challenges and uncertainty, while promoting reason, compassion and understanding.
Big Ideas Press offers new ideas, initiatives and resources, helping people
to find a common ground and a sense of connection.
Each week, The Book Bench Project leaves books on benches throughout Canberra.
The designated suburb and titles are posted in advance on Instagram.
Maura Pierlot – Author & Playwright
I’m a Canberra-based artist who creates across art forms for children and adults. My work typically has an existential bent, exploring the nature of self, belonging, identity, culture and memory – perhaps not surprising for a lifelong philosophy-lover. (Ph.D. Phil)
I’m grateful to have received numerous fellowships, residencies and awards, and my short stories, poetry, micro-fiction and essays have been widely published. I’ve worked as an ethicist, business owner and Editor of Australian Medicine. I have two children’s non-fiction books coming out, one in 2023 (Storytorch Press), the other in 2024 (Affirm Press).
I’m actively embedded in many community initiatives, running The Book Bench Project in Canberra, working with Books in Homes Australia, and serving as a Committee member for the Children’s Book Council ACT. When I’m not doing writerly things, I enjoy spending time at our farm in Jamberoo, a peaceful sanctuary between the mountains and the sea that we share with a host of native wildlife.