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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
  • Señor Saint, Knight Templar

    BirthplaceSingapore

    Birthdate1907-05-12

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, Singapore

    Series WrittenThe 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
  • Inside the Presidential Debates, Presidential television

    BirthplaceMilwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

    Birthdate1926-01-17

    NationalityUnited States of America, Singapore

    Newton Norman "Newt" Minow (born January 17, 1926) is an American attorney and former Chair of the Federal Communications Commission. His speech referring to television as a "vast wasteland" is  ...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
  • From Third World to First: The Singapore Story: 1965-2000, Singapore and the Asian Economic Boom

    BirthplaceStraits Settlements, Singapore

    Birthdate1923-09-16

    NationalitySingapore

    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
  • The Bondmaid, The serpent's tooth

    BirthplacePenang, Malaysia

    Birthdate1942-03-21

    NationalitySingapore

    Catherine Lim Poh Imm (Chinese: 林宝音; pinyin: Lín Bǎoyīn, born 21 March 1942) is a Singaporean fiction author known for writing about Singapore society and of themes of traditional Chinese culture.  ...more
  • BirthplaceMalaysia

    Birthdate1955-10-27

    NationalityMalaysia, Singapore

    Michael Chiang (born 27 October 1955 in Muar, Malaysia) is a prolific playwright and screenwriter in Singapore. He is known as "Singapore’s most famous and successful playwright".From 1990 to 2009,  ...more
  • The Mystery of the Man Who Had to Die, The Mystery of the Unlucky Undertaker

    BirthplaceAustralia

    Birthdate1947-01-01

    NationalitySingapore

    Series WrittenMr. Mystery

    Jim Aitchison (born 1947), better known by his pen name James Lee, is an Australian writer.  ...more
  • The Prophetic & the Political: Selected Speeches & Writings of S. Rajaratnam, S. Rajaratnam

    BirthplaceJaffna District, Northern Province, Eurasia, Sri Lanka, Jaffna

    Birthdate1915-02-25

    NationalitySingapore

    Sinnathamby Rajaratnam (Tamil: சின்னத்தம்பி ராஜரட்ணம்), DUT (First Class), (25 February 1915 – 22 February 2006), was a Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore from 1980–85, a long-serving Minister and  ...more
  • Ghosts of Singapore!, One Singapore

    BirthplaceSingapore

    Birthdate1927-12-02

    NationalitySingapore

    Goh Sin Tub (simplified Chinese: 吴信达; traditional Chinese: 吳信達; pinyin: Wú Xìn Dá; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Gôo-Sìn-ta̍t) was a well-known pioneer of Singaporean literature. He was a prolific writer of numerous  ...more
  • A brief critical survey of prose writings in Singapore and Malaysia, Thematic Structure in Poetic Discourse

    BirthplaceSingapore

    Birthdate1943-01-01

    NationalitySingapore

    Arthur Yap Chioh Hiong (simplified Chinese: 叶纬雄; traditional Chinese: 葉緯雄; pinyin: Yè Wěi Xióng; 1943 – 19 June 2006) was a Singaporean poet, writer and painter.  ...more
  • The hyphenated American, Porcelain

    BirthplaceSingapore

    Birthdate1965-01-01

    NationalityUnited States of America, Singapore

    Chay Yew (simplified Chinese: 谢耀; traditional Chinese: 謝耀; pinyin: Xiè Yào) is a playwright and stage director who was born in Singapore. In July 2011, he became Artistic Director of Victory Gardens  ...more
  • Rani Moorthy is a Malaysian-born playwright, actress, and artistic director of Rasa Productions. Following the race riots of 1969 her family tried to emigrate to Singapore, but were unsuccessful for  ...more
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    Chua Lam (also known as Mandarin: Tsai Lan, Cantonese: Choi Lan, Teochew: Chùa Lāng) (simplified Chinese: 蔡澜, traditional Chinese: 蔡瀾, born 1941 in Singapore) is a columnist, food critic and  ...more
  • Culture Shock! Japan, Sounds and sins of Singlish

    BirthplaceSingapore

    Birthdate1930-11-27

    NationalitySingapore

    Rex Anthony Shelley (27 October 1930 – 21 August 2009) was a Eurasian Singaporean author. A graduate of the University of Malaya in Singapore and Cambridge trained in engineering and economics,  ...more
  • All Broken Up and Dancing

    BirthplaceSingapore

    Birthdate1981-10-05

    NationalitySingapore

    Kelvin Tan Wei Lian (陈伟联) is a Singaporean former Mandopop singer who earned a living as a busker before he won the first edition of Project SuperStar in 2005. He has released three albums, All I  ...more
  • The United States and East Asia, Asia and Europe

    BirthplaceBritish Malaya

    Birthdate1937-11-12

    NationalitySingapore

    Tommy Koh Thong Bee (born 12 November 1937) is a Singaporean international lawyer, professor and diplomat. He was also Singapore's former Permanent Representative to the United Nations.  ...more
  • Han Lao Da (Chinese: 韩劳达; pinyin: Hán Láodá) is a Singaporean playwright, as well as founder and principal of Han Language Centre. Han received the Cultural Medallion for his contributions in the  ...more
  • Raffles place ragtime, Abraham's promise

    BirthplaceSingapore

    Birthdate1964-01-01

    NationalitySingapore

    Philip Antony Jeyaretnam (born 1964) is the Singapore chief executive officer and global vice-chair at Dentons. He is a Senior Counsel and a former President of the Law Society of Singapore. He is  ...more
  • Dare to change

    BirthplaceSingapore

    Birthdate1962-07-20

    NationalitySingapore

    Chee Soon Juan (Chinese: 徐顺全; pinyin: Xú Shùnquán, born 20 July 1962) is a Singaporean politician and the current leader of the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP). Holding a PhD in neuropsychology,  ...more
  • The Immolation, If We Dream Too Long

    BirthplaceKuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Birthdate1936

    NationalitySingapore

    Goh Poh Seng (simplified Chinese: 吴宝星; traditional Chinese: 吳寶星; pinyin: Wú Bǎo Xīng; July 1936 – 10 January 2010), Singaporean dramatist, novelist, doctor and poet, was born in Kuala Lumpur, British  ...more
  • Figments of Experience, A candle or the sun

    Birthdate1935-09-09

    NationalitySingapore

    Gopal Baratham (9 September 1935 – 23 April 2002) was a Singaporean author and neurosurgeon. He was known for his frank style and his ability to write about topics that were often considered  ...more
  • True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 3, True Singapore Ghost Stories Book 6

    NationalitySingapore

    Series WrittenTrue Singapore Ghost Stories

    Russell Lee is a Singaporean author best known as the creator of True Singapore Ghost Stories, a series of books that has been one of the most popular sources of ghost stories in Singapore, Malaysia,  ...more
  • BirthplaceSingapore

    Birthdate1980

    NationalitySingapore

    Ng Yi Sheng (simplified Chinese: 黄毅圣; traditional Chinese: 黄毅聖; pinyin: Huáng Yì Shèng; born 1980) is a Singaporean gay writer. He has published a collection of his poems entitled last boy, which  ...more