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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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Jet Li is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers from Singapore
age 55 Li Lianjie, better known by his English stage name Jet Li, is a Chinese film actor, film producer, martial artist, and wushu champion who was born in Beijing. He is a naturalised Singaporean ...more

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Leslie Charteris is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from Singapore
Died at 86 (1907-1993) Leslie Charteris, born Leslie Charles Bowyer-Yin, was a British-American author of adventure fiction, as well as a screenwriter. He was best known for his many books chronicling the adventures ...more

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Eric Khoo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Singapore
age 53 Eric Khoo put Singapore on the international film map with his first feature film “Mee Pok Man”, picking up prizes at Fukuoka, Pusan and Singapore. His second feature “12 Storeys” won the ...more

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Jack Neo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from Singapore
age 62 Jack Neo, PBM, is a Singaporean film and television actor, host and director. He is best known for his cross-dressing roles, as Liang Popo in the 1999 film Liang Po Po: The Movie and as Liang ...more

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Ekachai Uekrongtham is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from Singapore
age 56 Ekachai Uekrongtham is a Thai theatre and film director. Based in Singapore, Ekachai is the founding artistic director of ACTION Theatre, a Singapore professional theatre company. Among his ...more

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Haresh Sharma is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from Singapore
age 53 Haresh Sharma 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 and ...more

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Glen Goei is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from Singapore
age 56 Glen Goei is an actor, film producer, film and theatre director.

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Catherine Lim is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from Singapore
age 76 Catherine Lim Poh Imm is a Singaporean fiction author known for writing about Singapore society and of themes of traditional Chinese culture. Hailed as the "doyenne of Singapore ...more

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Lee Kuan Yew is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from Singapore
age 95 Lee Kuan Yew, GCMG, CH, informally known by his initials LKY, was the first Prime Minister of Singapore, governing for more than three decades from 1959 to 1990, including through Singapore's ...more

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Theresa Poh Lin Chan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from Singapore
age 73 Chan Poh Lin, also known as Theresa Poh Lin Chan, is a writer, teacher, and one-time actor. Born in Singapore, she was known in her youth as "the Helen Keller of Southeast Asia", as a ...more

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Han Lao Da is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from Singapore
age 71 Han Lao Da is a Singaporean playwright, as well as founder and principal of Han Language Centre. Han received the Cultural Medallion for his contributions in the Singaporean drama scene, and is ...more

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James Lee is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from Singapore
age 71 James Lee is a Singaporean author.

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Chua Lam is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from Singapore
Chua Lam age 77 Chua Lam is a columnist, food critic and occasional television host in Hong Kong and Japan. He was also a movie producer for the Hong Kong movie studio Golden Harvest.

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Dennis Chew is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from Singapore
age 45 Dennis Chew is an actor.

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Anthony Chen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from Singapore
Anthony Chen age 34 Anthony Chen is a film director and a screenwriter.

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Chay Yew is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from Singapore
age 53 Chay Yew is a playwright and stage director who was born in Singapore. As of 2007 he lives in New York City. In July 2011, he became Artistic Director of Victory Gardens Theater, Chicago.

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Goh Sin Tub is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Writers from Singapore
Died at 77 (1927-2004) Goh Sin Tub was a well-known pioneer of Singaporean literature. He was a prolific writer of numerous book titles, which includes bestsellers like the The Nan-Mei-Su Girls of Emerald Hill, The ...more

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Hakym Noh is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Writers from Singapore
Hakym Noh age 26 Hakym Noh is a film director, film producer, film editor, film production designer, screenwriter and musician.

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Kelvin Tan Wei Lian is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Writers from Singapore
age 37 Kelvin Tan Wei Lian is a blind Singaporean 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 Want ...more

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Sinnathamby Rajaratnam is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Writers from Singapore
Died at 91 (1915-2006) Sinnathamby Rajaratnam, better known as "S. Rajaratnam", was a Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore from 1980–85, a long-serving Minister and member of the Cabinet from 1959–88 and a ...more

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Chee Soon Juan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Writers from Singapore
age 56 Chee Soon Juan is a Singaporean politician. He is currently the leader of the Singapore Democratic Party. A figure in Singapore's political opposition, Chee has been arrested and jailed several ...more

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Michael Chiang is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Writers from Singapore
age 63 Michael Chiang is a prolific playwright and screenwriter in Singapore. He is known as "Singapore’s most famous and successful playwright". From 1990 to 2009, Chiang was the editorial ...more

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Arthur Yap is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Writers from Singapore
Died at 63 (1943-2006) Arthur Yap Chioh Hiong was a Singaporean poet, writer and painter.

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Boo Junfeng is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Writers from Singapore
Boo Junfeng age 35 Boo Junfeng is a Singaporean filmmaker. Boo's debut feature film Sandcastle was the first Singaporean film to be invited to the International Critics' Week at Cannes Film Festival. His films, ...more

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Chee Kong Cheah is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Writers from Singapore
age 52 Chee Kong Cheah, also known as CheeK is a director, writer, TV series creator, producer and creative media executive. He is best known for the film Chicken Rice War and his work on the ...more

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Rohan Gunaratna is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Writers from Singapore
Rohan Gunaratna age 57 Rohan Gunaratna is an international terrorism expert. He is the head of the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. ...more

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Kishore Mahbubani is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Writers from Singapore
age 70 Kishore Mahbubani is a notable academic and former Singaporean diplomat. He is currently Professor in the Practice of Public Policy and Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the ...more

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Colin Goh is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Writers from Singapore
Colin Goh is a Singaporean film maker, satirist and cartoonist. He was a former practicing attorney who has turned to full-time writing and illustration. Goh first rose to prominence with his ...more

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Li Lin Wee is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Writers from Singapore
Li Lin Wee is a film director, screenwriter and producer.

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Alfian Sa'at is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Writers from Singapore
age 41 Alfian bin Sa'at is a Singaporean writer, poet and playwright. He is a Muslim of Minangkabau, Javanese and Hakka descent. He is known for his provocative works and is often referred to as his ...more

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Charles Lim Yi Yong is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Writers from Singapore
Charles Lim Yi Yong Charles Lim Yi Yong is a film director.

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Hwee Hwee Tan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Writers from Singapore
age 44 Hwee Hwee Tan is a Singaporean writer.

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Djinn is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Writers from Singapore
Djinn age 50 Djinn is a film director and a screenwriter.

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Ken Kwek is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Writers from Singapore
Ken Kwek age 39 Ken Kwek is a screenwriter, film producer, film director and actor.

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Philip Jeyaretnam is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Writers from Singapore
age 54 Philip Antony Jeyaretnam is a Singaporean lawyer and novelist. He is a Senior Counsel and a former President of the Law Society of Singapore. He is the son of J.B. Jeyaretnam, who was a ...more

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Koh Buck Song is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Writers from Singapore
age 55 Koh Buck Song is a writer, editor and consultant in branding, communications strategy and corporate social responsibility in Singapore. He has authored and edited more than 20 books.

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Goh Poh Seng is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Writers from Singapore
Goh Poh Seng Died at 74 (1936-2010) Goh Poh Seng, Singaporean dramatist, novelist, doctor and poet, was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaya in 1936. He was educated at Victoria Institution in Kuala Lumpur, received his medical degree ...more

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Gopal Baratham is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Writers from Singapore
Died at 67 (1935-2002) Gopal Baratham was a Singaporean author and neurosurgeon. He was known for his frank style and his ability to write about topics that were often considered controversial in the conservative ...more

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Liang Wern Fook is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Writers from Singapore
age 54 Dr Liang Wern Fook is a Singaporean writer, musician, and researcher in Chinese literature and pedagogy. He was one of the pioneer figures in the xinyao movement in the 1980s and 1990s.

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Cyril Wong is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Writers from Singapore
age 41 Cyril Wong is a poet, fictionist and critic.

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Neil Humphreys is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Writers from Singapore
age 44 Neil Humphreys is a British humour columnist and author of three best-selling humorous books about Singapore - Notes From an Even Smaller Island, Scribbles from the Same Island and Final Notes ...more

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Russell Lee is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Writers from Singapore
Russell Lee is a Singaporean author best known as the creator of True Singapore Ghost Stories, a series of books that has been among the most popular source of ghost stories in Singapore, ...more

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Kaz Cai is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Writers from Singapore
Kaz Cai is a film director and screenwriter.

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Ng Yi-Sheng is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Writers from Singapore
Ng Yi-Sheng age 38 Ng Yi-Sheng is a Singaporean gay writer. He has published a collection of his poems entitled last boy, which won the Singapore Literature Prize, and a documentary book on gay, lesbian and ...more

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Edwin Thumboo is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Writers from Singapore
age 85 Edwin Nadason Thumboo B.B.M. is a Singaporean poet and academic who is regarded as one of the pioneers of English literature in Singapore. Thumboo graduated in English from the University of ...more

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Choor Singh is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Writers from Singapore
Died at 98 (1911-2009) Choor Singh Sidhu, known professionally as Choor Singh, was a judge of the Supreme Court of Singapore and, particularly after his retirement from the bench, a philanthropist and writer of books ...more

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Alvin Pang is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Writers from Singapore
age 46 Alvin Pang was named 2005 Young Artist of the Year by the National Arts Council Singapore. He holds a First Class Honours degree in English literature from the University of York and an Honorary ...more

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Suchen Christine Lim is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Writers from Singapore
age 70 Suchen Christine Lim was born in Ipoh, Malaysia and had her early education at the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus in Penang and Kedah. At the age of 14 she came to Singapore, and continued her ...more

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Tan Swie Hian is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Writers from Singapore
age 75 Tan Swie Hian is a Singaporean multidisciplinary artist known for his contemporary Chinese calligraphy, chinese poetry and contemporary art sculptures found in Singapore and many parts of the ...more

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Boey Kim Cheng is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Writers from Singapore
Boey Kim Cheng age 53 Boey Kim Cheng is a Singapore-born Australian poet. He is of Chinese descent. As a student he won the National University of Singapore Poetry Writing/Creative Prose Competition and has since ...more