Famous Authors from Singapore

List of the most popular authors from Singapore, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries authors have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of storytelling. Whether they're known for fiction, non-fiction, poetry or even technical writing, the famous Singaporean authors on this list have kept that tradition alive by writing renowned works that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Singaporean writers, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

Authors here include everything from Cyril Wong to David Leo.

This list answers the questions, "Which famous authors are from Singapore?" and "Who are the best Singaporean authors?"

For further information on these historic Singaporean authors, click on their names. If you're a bookworm then use this list of celebrated Singaporean authors to discover some new books that you will enjoy reading.
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  • Kuo Pao Kun was a playwright, theatre director, and arts activist in Singapore who wrote and directed both Mandarin and English plays. He founded three arts and drama centres in Singapore, conducted ...more
  • Haresh Sharma (born 1965) is a Singaporean playwright. To date, he has written more than 100 plays that have been staged all over the world, including Singapore, Melbourne, Glasgow, Birmingham, Cairo ...more
  • Leslie Charteris
    Señor Saint, Knight Templar, Thieves' Picnic
    • Birthplace: Eurasia, Asia, Southeast Asia, Singapore
    • Birthdate: 1907
    • Nationality: United Kingdom, Singapore
    • Series Written: The Saint
    Leslie Charteris (born Leslie Charles Bowyer-Yin, 12 May 1907 – 15 April 1993), was a British-Chinese author of adventure fiction, as well as a screenwriter. He was best known for his many books ...more
  • Newton N. Minow
    Inside the Presidential Debates, Presidential television, How vast the wasteland now?
    • Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
    • Birthdate: 01-17-1926
    • Nationality: United States of America, Singapore
    Newton Norman Minow (January 17, 1926 – May 6, 2023) was an American attorney who served as chair of the Federal Communications Commission. He is famous for his speech referring to television as a ...more
  • Glen Goei (simplified Chinese: 魏铭耀; traditional Chinese: 魏銘耀; pinyin: Wèi Míng Yào; born 22 December 1962) is one of Singapore's leading film and theatre directors. His broad ranging body of work ...more
  • Lee Kuan Yew
    From Third World to First: The Singapore Story: 1965-2000, Singapore and the Asian Economic Boom, The Singapore story
    • Birthplace: Asia, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Straits Settlements
    • Birthdate: 1923
    • Nationality: Singapore
    Lee Kuan Yew (16 September 1923 – 23 March 2015), commonly referred to by his initials LKY and sometimes referred to in his earlier years as Harry Lee, was the first Prime Minister of Singapore, ...more