Famous Writers from Singapore

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
    Age: 59
    • Birthplace: Beijing, China
    • Nationality: Singapore
    Li Lianjie (born 26 April 1963), better known by his stage name Jet Li, is a Chinese film actor, film producer, martial artist, and retired Wushu champion who was born in Beijing. He is a ...more
  • Leslie Charteris
    Dec. at 85 (1907-1993)
    • Birthplace: Singapore
    • Nationality: United Kingdom, Singapore
    • Works: The 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 British-Chinese author of adventure fiction, as well as a screenwriter. He was best known for his many books ...more
  • Eric Khoo
    Age: 57
    • Birthplace: Singapore
    • Nationality: Singapore
    • Works: Be 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 director and producer credited for the revival of the Singapore film industry.
  • Jack Neo
    Age: 63
    • Birthplace: Singapore
    • Nationality: Singapore
    • Works: Homerun, 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 director. He was prominently a full-time Mediacorp artiste from 1983 to 2003.He left Mediacorp in 2003 to ...more
    • Birthplace: Thailand
    • Nationality: Thailand, Singapore
    • Works: Beautiful Boxer, The Coffin, The Wedding Game
    Ekachai Uekrongtham (Thai: เอกชัย เอื้อครองธรรม; RTGS: Ekkachai Uea-khrongtham; Chinese: 吕翼谋) is a Thai theatre and film director. Based in Singapore, Ekachai is the founding artistic director of ...more
    • Birthplace: Singapore
    • Nationality: Pakistan, Singapore
    • Works: The Teenage Textbook Movie
    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