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9 Singlit authors to know

Put these Singaporean writers on your reading list.

Our literary scene is stronger than ever, thanks to increased efforts by local art festivals and book publishers to promote local writers, poets and literary artists. There’s the annual Singapore Writer’s Festival, the Singlit Station#BuySingLit movement and LocalBooks.sg, which focuses on Singaporean titles, to name a few.

If you’re not in on the action yet, why not get your nose stuck in the pages of books by these homegrown authors this National Day? They are equal parts fascinating, intriguing and relatable, and are as good, if not better, than some international works. Most of all, they will make you view your familiar environment and life in a different light.

  • Adeline Foo

    Previously in public relations and advertising, Adeline Foo has made a name for herself as a best-selling children’s book author. Adeline had received the First-Time Writers & Illustrators Publishing Initiative Award by the then Media Development Authority (MDA) and the National Book Development Council of Singapore in 2006 and now has 28 books. Her most notable work is The Diary of Amos Lee series which has been sold in countries such as India, Malaysia, Indonesia and China and has been adapted for TV in Singapore. The Diary of Amos Lee: I Sit, I Write, I Flush! — which was the first in her series — won the Red Dot award for Best Junior Fiction in 2009 and the MFA graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Asia has also snagged the inaugural Asian Children’s Book Award in 2017 for her picture book Tiny Shoes, Tiny Feet, a heartwarming tale about home, childhood memories and identity. Adeline, who is also an aspiring scriptwriter, has also produced a non-fiction book, Lancing Girls of a Happy World, which explores the life and loss of cabaret girls of yesteryears.

    Photo: Singapore Press Holdings/The Straits Times

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