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Famous Writers from Singapore

Updated June 8, 2017 31.6k views82 items

List of famous writers from Singapore, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Singapore is home to many prolific writers, including those who write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, biographies and more. These are some of the best Singaporean writers that have ever lived, so if you're a native of Singapore and an aspiring writer then use this list as inspiration to achieve your own writing goals.

This list below has a variety of writers in it, from Choor Singh to Colin Goh.

This list answers the questions, "Who are popular Singaporean writers?" and "Which writers are from Singapore?"

You can click on the names of these renowned writers of Singapore in order to get more information about each one. Some of these historic writers may no longer be living in Singapore, but they're all of Singapore descent.
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  • 1
    Jet Li

    Jet Li

    Age: 57

    BirthplaceBeijing, China

    NationalityChina

    Li Lianjie (born 26 April 1963), better known by his stage name Jet Li, is a Chinese film... more on Wikipedia

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  • 2
    Leslie Charteris

    Leslie Charteris

    Dec. at 86 (1907-1993)

    BirthplaceSingapore

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, Singapore

    WorksThe Saint, The Saint in Palm Springs, The Saint's Double Trouble, The Saint Meets the Tiger, The Saint in New York

    Leslie Charteris (born Leslie Charles Bowyer-Yin, 12 May 1907 – 15 April 1993), was a... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Eric Khoo

    Eric Khoo

    Age: 54

    BirthplaceSingapore

    NationalitySingapore

    WorksBe with Me, Tatsumi, Mee Pok Man, 12 Storeys, My Magic

    Eric Khoo Kim Hai (Chinese: 邱金海; pinyin: Qiū Jīn Hǎi; born 27 March 1965) is a Singaporean... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Jack Neo

    Jack Neo

    Age: 63

    BirthplaceEurasia, Asia, Southeast Asia, Singapore

    NationalitySingapore

    WorksHomerun, I Not Stupid, I Not Stupid Too, The Best Bet, Money No Enough

    Jack Neo (born 24 January 1960), is a Singaporean film and television actor, host and... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Ekachai Uekrongtham

    BirthplaceThailand

    NationalityThailand, Singapore

    WorksBeautiful Boxer, The Coffin, The Wedding Game

    Ekachai Uekrongtham (Thai: เอกชัย เอื้อครองธรรม; RTGS: Ekkachai Uea-khrongtham; Chinese: 吕翼谋)... more on Wikipedia
  • 6

    BirthplaceEurasia, Asia, Southeast Asia, Singapore

    NationalityPakistan, Singapore

    WorksThe Teenage Textbook Movie

    Haresh Sharma (born 1965) is a Singaporean playwright. To date, he has written more than 100... more on Wikipedia
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    Glen Goei

    Glen Goei

    Age: 57

    BirthplaceEurasia, Asia, Southeast Asia, Singapore

    NationalitySingapore

    WorksThat's the Way I Like It

    Glen Goei (simplified Chinese: 魏铭耀; traditional Chinese: 魏銘耀; pinyin: Wèi Míng Yào; born 22... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Catherine Lim

    BirthplacePenang, Malaysia

    NationalitySingapore

    WorksThe serpent's tooth, The Bondmaid, Following the wrong god home, Meet me on the Queen Elizabeth 2!, They do return

    Catherine Lim Poh Imm (Chinese: 林宝音; pinyin: Lín Bǎoyīn, born 21 March 1942) is a Singaporean... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Lee Kuan Yew

    BirthplaceSingapore

    NationalitySingapore

    WorksFrom Third World to First: The Singapore Story: 1965-2000, Singapore and the Asian Economic Boom, The Singapore story, Memoirs of Lee Kuan Yew (1923-1965), Lee Kuan Yew in his own words

    Lee Kuan Yew (16 September 1923 – 23 March 2015), commonly referred to by his initials LKY... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Theresa Poh Lin Chan

    BirthplaceSingapore

    NationalitySingapore

    WorksBe with Me

    Chan Poh Lin (9 July 1943 – 6 June 2016), better known as Theresa Poh Lin Chan, was a... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Han Lao Da

    Han Lao Da

    Age: 72

    BirthplaceSingapore

    NationalityChina, Singapore

    Han Lao Da (Chinese: 韩劳达; pinyin: Hán Láodá) is a Singaporean playwright, as well as founder... more on Wikipedia
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    James Lee

    Age: 72

    BirthplaceDVD Region 4, Oceania, Australasia, Indo-Australian Plate, Australia

    NationalitySingapore

    WorksThe Mystery of the Runaway Rebel, The Mystery of the Jealous Jeweler, The Mystery of the Missing Murderer, The Mystery of the Clueless Corpse, The Mystery of the Rajah's Ruby

    Jim Aitchison (born 1947), better known by his pen name James Lee, is an Australian writer.
  • 13
    Chua Lam

    Chua Lam

    Age: 78

    BirthplaceEurasia, Asia, Southeast Asia, Singapore

    NationalitySingapore

    Chua Lam (also known as Mandarin: Tsai Lan, Cantonese: Choi Lan, Teochew: Chùa Lāng)... more on Wikipedia
  • 14

    BirthplaceSingapore

    NationalitySingapore

    WorksThe Wedding Game

    Dennis Chew is an actor.
  • 15
    Anthony Chen

    Anthony Chen

    Age: 35

    BirthplaceSingapore

    NationalitySingapore

    WorksAh Ma, Hotel 66, Ilo Ilo

    Anthony Chen is a film director and a screenwriter.
  • 16
    Chay Yew

    Chay Yew

    Age: 54

    BirthplaceSingapore

    NationalityUnited States of America, Singapore

    WorksThe hyphenated American, Porcelain, Red, Porcelain, and

    Chay Yew (simplified Chinese: 谢耀; traditional Chinese: 謝耀; pinyin: Xiè Yào) is a playwright... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Goh Sin Tub

    Goh Sin Tub

    Dec. at 77 (1927-2004)

    BirthplaceSingapore

    NationalitySingapore

    WorksGhosts of Singapore!, Goh's 12 best Singapore stories, Honour and other stories, The Nan-Mei-Su girls of Emerald Hill, The ghost lover of Emerald Hill and other stories

    Goh Sin Tub (simplified Chinese: 吴信达; traditional Chinese: 吳信達; pinyin: Wú Xìn Dá; Pe̍h-ōe-jī:... more on Wikipedia
  • 18

    Hakym Noh

    Age: 27

    BirthplaceEurasia, Asia, Southeast Asia, Singapore

    NationalitySingapore

    WorksCut Adrift

    Hakym Noh is a film director, film producer, film editor, film production designer,...
  • 19
    Kelvin Tan Wei Lian

    BirthplaceSingapore

    NationalitySingapore

    WorksAll Broken Up and Dancing

    Kelvin Tan Wei Lian (陈伟联) is a Singaporean former Mandopop singer who earned a living as a... more on Wikipedia
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    Sinnathamby Rajaratnam

    Sinnathamby Rajaratnam

    Dec. at 91 (1915-2006)

    BirthplaceJaffna, Sri Lanka

    NationalitySingapore

    WorksThe Prophetic & the Political: Selected Speeches & Writings of S. Rajaratnam, 2002-2003 MAT, S. Rajaratnam

    Sinnathamby Rajaratnam (Tamil: சின்னத்தம்பி ராஜரட்ணம்), DUT (First Class), (25 February 1915 –... more on Wikipedia
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    Chee Soon Juan

    BirthplaceSingapore

    NationalitySingapore

    WorksDare to change

    Chee Soon Juan (Chinese: 徐顺全; pinyin: Xú Shùnquán, born 20 July 1962) is a Singaporean... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Michael Chiang

    BirthplaceMalaysia, Eurasia, Asia, Southeast Asia

    NationalityMalaysia, Singapore

    WorksArmy Daze, Army Daze

    Michael Chiang (born 27 October 1955 in Muar, Malaysia) is a prolific playwright and... more on Wikipedia
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    Arthur Yap

    Arthur Yap

    Dec. at 63 (1943-2006)

    BirthplaceSingapore

    NationalitySingapore

    WorksA brief critical survey of prose writings in Singapore and Malaysia, Man, snake, apple & other poems, Thematic Structure in Poetic Discourse

    Arthur Yap Chioh Hiong (simplified Chinese: 叶纬雄; traditional Chinese: 葉緯雄; pinyin: Yè Wěi... more on Wikipedia
  • 24

    Boo Junfeng

    Age: 36

    NationalitySingapore

    WorksSandcastle

    Boo Junfeng is a Singaporean filmmaker. Boo's debut feature film Sandcastle was the first... more on Wikipedia
  • 25

    BirthplacePenang, Malaysia

    NationalityMalaysia, Singapore

    WorksChicken Rice War

    Chee Kong Cheah, also known as CheeK is a director, writer, TV series creator, producer and... more on Wikipedia