Maureen Ten came to Australia from Malaysia with her family in 1989.
She was awarded a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from the University of Malaya and a Master of Arts degree in literature from the University of Kent, United Kingdom. She has worked as a reporter, feature writer, columnist, assistant television producer, documentary film maker, copywriter, audio visual manager, university tutor, teacher and book editor.
In 1988, 'Makan Anzin' (an improvisation for five actors) and another piece for the stage, 'For the Time Being', were performed by the British Council in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She has held membership of the New South Wales Writers' Centre and Poets' Union, Australia. From 2001 she has been active in organizing poetry and discussion evenings to bring together poets, artists and other creative people from diverse cultural backgrounds. A portion of her article 'Why I Am So Envious of Woody Allen' was read during the Film Program on Radio National. Her work was read at the Live Poets' Society in 2000-2004, Rudolf Steiner House, Sydney, in 2001-2004, Brett Whiteley Studios, Sydney, in 2000-2003 and the New South Wales Writers' Centre in 2006.
Mood Lightning : An Anthology2004anthology poetry prose The book encapsulates the moods and quests of eighty seven contributors most of whom are from Australia; the rest are from the United Kingdom, Germany, Malaysia, Netherlands and the United States. The anthology has been organised along roughly thematic lines with nine sections each titled to highlight the role of nature and the spiritual in nature. There are new poems by Robert Adamson as well as previously unpublished poets, fragments of plays by Polish actor/director Bogdan Koca, commentary on the body and consciousness by two psychologists (noted writer on the soul Robert Sardello and Canberra based Steven Guth), translations from the Arabic of celebrated Lebanese poet Wadih Sa'adeh, translations from the Persian, Chinese, German and French and funny one-liners not found in fortune cookies. Source (The author).