Singapore Literature Authors Bibliography

Singapore Literature in English: an Annotated Bibliography was originally published in book form in 2008, and featured distinctive, even unique features, such as historical “Notes”, abstracts of contents, and information about the availability of each title. The editor-compiler, NTU Professor Koh Tai Ann, collaborated with NTU Libraries to digitize the bibliography on NTU Libraries’ digital projects platform and make it available online in 2013.

Prof Koh Tai Ann speaking at the launch of the online bibliography, October 2013

This digitization and renewal of the Bibliography now enables a systematic approach to updates and edits whenever necessary; the interactivity introduced also enables detailed and insightful searches by laypersons and academic researchers alike. For example, it is now possible to understand and visualize how Singapore Literature in English has developed, by looking at the statistical data and indications of the most popular genres published, to tracking granular details about the kind of content being written about.

Since the Bibliography’s launch in 2013, news media reports that Singapore’s literary scene has captured the increasing attention of international readers [1, 2]. Google Analytics data of online visitors to the online Bibliography also evidences this. Some notable user statistics captured are listed below (data from Aug 2014 to May 2017):

  • There have been more than 25,546 visits to the Singapore Literature in English: an Annotated Bibliography Digital Project site since its launch in October 2013.
  • The average number of visits per month to the digital project is 750, or 25 visitors per day.
  • About 58.51% of user sessions are from Singapore and a significant percentage, 49%, are from countries outside of Singapore.
  • The top ten countries outside Singapore where user sessions originated are – United States, Philippines, Malaysia, India, United Kingdom, Russia, China, Australia, Japan and Germany.

One impact of the Bibliography, as explained by Professor Koh, is that it has facilitated and inspired the creation of other more specialised digital resources and anthologies by local institutions and other compilers. Examples include the newly launched portal, which lists the top 50 poets and their works; the updated Literary Arts Resource Guides by the National Library; the National Arts Council’s Directory of Writers and their works – as well as anthologies such as Written Country: The History of Singapore Through Literature (2016), and Unfree Verse: Singapore Poetry in Form (2017).

The feedback received from Professor Koh listed below demonstrates how she uses the Annotated Bibliography; as well as the way other stakeholders in Singapore’s literature community have benefitted from the project, including users outside of Singapore.

“I also used the Anno. Bib. to generate and break down statistics during my keynote speech [at the Poetry Festival 2016], illustrating how informative and helpful to users it can be. …”

“I will be using the Annotated Bibliography at the Literature SG conference in July 2017 as an instant resource for an “overview of Singapore fiction” I’ve been invited to give, to convey the wide range published  by Singapore’s writers from ghost stories, to mysteries, detective stories, science fiction to “high order” novels, and so on.”

“ … I received an email from a stranger overseas expressing appreciation for the bibliography, …”

“… Digitization enables the bibliography to suggest new areas of research and provide up to date information … not only literary historians, but even publishers will find this resource useful! eg. NUS Press planned to start a “Singapore Classics” series, Goh Poh Seng’s If We Dream Too Long, being the first title. However, their search through my Annotated Bibliography, discovered that Times Publishing and its successor, Marshall Cavendish hold the copyright to all the “classics” it wanted to re-issue! Dream escaped only because it was the first Singapore novel in English, and self-published.”

“The NAC which is publishing a new Directory of Singapore Writers has found it very useful. Meanwhile Arun Mahiznan was so inspired by it, he consulted me and started a digitized library of Tamil Literature with bibliography …”

“At a recent book launch of Unfree Verse, the editors gratefully acknowledged that the enterprise was rendered possible by the Anno Bib…”

[She received feedback below from Koh Jee Leong, an award-winning Singapore poet/ lecturer based in the US]

“The annotated on-line bibliography is truly a magnificent accomplishment. It covers the major literary genres, as well as anthologies, periodicals and electronic journals. The search function is usefully refined according to date and subject, besides author and genre. … “

Such feedback encourage libraries’ efforts to co-create and build digital resources that provide universal online access to promote Singapore Literature to a global audience.  Through these initiatives, libraries can go beyond their physical boundaries to develop online resources and new platforms for users in future, to discover and share their interest in Singapore Literature.

NTU HSS Library Singapore Literature events generate a lot of interest and are well-attended

Vincent Wong, NTU Libraries subject librarian for English Literature, has worked with Prof Koh on the Annotated Bibliography to maintain and update content for the digital project ever since he joined NTU in 2015, taking over from the previous Librarian, Emma Wilcox, who was part of the start-up team. He shares some of the challenges he faced when working on the bibliography as a digital project.


Q: What are some challenges you have faced while working on the Annotated Bibliography digital project?

A: Aside from the traditional challenges faced when working on a bibliography, the Annotated Bibliography in digital format also presents some unique challenges that may be specific to only such digital projects.

One such example would be in attempts to customise the platform for the Annotated Bibliography. The platform used is a great fit to display and highlight the annotations and details curated by the Professor for the Annotated Bibliography, but tailoring its multitude of functionalities to a Bibliography is sometimes not possible. Platforms designed to be modular and easily customised to fit a variety of different objectives would help a lot for such digitization efforts.

As someone from a humanities background, I find that balancing the needs of what works best with the content against the available technology and systems can be a struggle. This challenge, however, is part of what makes working on the Annotated Bibliography so exciting – finding creative ways of solving these problems is a constant and ongoing learning process.


Vincent Wong, NTU’s Literature subject librarian maintains and updates the bibliography

Contributed by Vincent Wong and Lena Sam, NTU Libraries.

Special thanks to Professor Koh Tai Ann for her comments and feedback.




  1. Fabbri, D. (2016). The evolution and renewal of Singapore’s literary scene. Channel NewAsia, 4 March 2016. Retrieved from:
  2. Li, D. (2017). Why Singapore’s literary scene is flourishing lately. The Peak, 25 January 2017. Retrieved from:
  3. Literary Arts – Resource Guides. (2017). National Library of Singapore. Retrieved from:
  4. Nanyang Technological University. (2014). Singapore Literature in English : An Annotated Bibliography. (2014). Retrieved from:
  5. National Arts Council. (2015). NAC (National Arts Council) Resources and Directories. Retrieved from:
  6. Poetry | Home. (2015). sg. Retrieved from:



Singapore Literature in English forms an indispensable part of our culture and identity. Whether writing on public or private themes, the stories, poems and plays give expression to the nation’s and individual’s consciousness, imagination and experience. They enrich our lives by engaging and challenging us with the issues that they present, and by delighting and stirring us with the power and beauty of language and expressions.

>Short Stories
>Electronic Journals

This section contains anthologies of literary works or “creative writing” by Singaporeans compiled, edited and published locally, as well as anthologies which include Singaporean works but were compiled, edited and published abroad.

Library Codes
NL: National Library (Lee Kong Chian Reference Library)
PL: Public Libraries, National Library Board
RU: Repository Used Collection, National Library Board
NUS: National University of Singapore
ISEAS: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies

National Library Collection Codes
RSING Adult Reference Singapore
RDET Adult Reference Edwin Thumboo
RCLOS Adult Reference Closed Access
RRARE Adult Reference Rare
YRSING Young Adult Reference Singapore
RAC Junior Reference Asian Children
RART Adult Reference Art



Tan, H.H. (Ed.) [1958] 30 poems. [Singapore]: Raffles Society, University of Malaya.
Call No.: RDET 828.995957 TAN

Hochstadt H. (Ed.) [1959] The compact: a selection of University of Malaya short stories, 1953-1959.
Singapore: Raffles Society, University of Malaya in Singapore.
Call No.: RCLOS S823 COM -[RFL] Microfilm No.: NL11434

1960 – 1969

Wignesan T. (Ed.) [1964] Bunga emas: an anthology of contemporary Malaysian literature: 1930-1963. (Ed.).
Kuala Lumpur: Rayirath (Raybooks) Publications with Anthony Blond Ltd..
Call No.: RDET 828.99595 BUN Microfiche No.: NL0036/154-156

Sergeant, H. (Ed.) [1967] Commonwealth poems of today.
London, published for the English Association by Murray.
Call No.: RSING/RDET 828.99 SER


Singh, K. (Ed.) [1972] Articulations: an anthology of poems.
[Singapore]: Club Adconmeli.
Call No.: RSING 828.995957 ART
Microfiche No.: NL0029/150-15

Ong, T.H. (Ed.). [1977- 1979] Poetry in Singapore. Vol 1-3
Singapore: Pan Pacific Book.
Call No.: RCLOS 821.008 ETE

Young Writers Circle of the National Library. (Ed.) [1978] But we have no legends.
Singapore: Woodrose Publications.
Call No.: RSING 828.995957 BUT


Yeo. R. (Ed.) [1981] ASEAN short stories.
Singapore: Heinemann Asia.
Call No.: RSING/RDET 808.831 ASE

Lim, J. & Peh, C.S. (Eds.) [1981] A drop of rain, a single flame: winning entries of the Workshop on Creative Writing and Literary Appreciation 1980.
Singapore: Educational Publications Bureau.
Call No.: RSING S820.8092375 DRO

Booth, A. (Ed.) [1982] Concrete poetry.
Singapore: Dept. of English Language & Literature, National University of Singapore.
Call No.: RCLOS S821 CON

Lin, Q.F & Tay, E. (Eds.) [1986] A collection of students’ essays & short stories.
Singapore: Pan Asia Pub.
Call No.: RSING 808.042 COL

Singh, K. (Ed.) [1988] Asian & Pacific short stories.
Singapore: Federal Publications.
Call No.: JRSING 808.831 ASI

Balasupramaniam K. (Ed.) [1989] Creative expressions: Chinese High School anthology of stories.
Singapore: Shing Lee Publishers.
Call No.: RSING S823.0108 CRE


Pugalenthi Sr et al. [1991] Black powers.
Singapore: V.J. Times.
Call No.: RSING S823.01 BLA

Lim, T.S et al [1991] The Chrysanthemum haiku.
Singapore: VJ Times.
Call No.: RSING S823 .01 CHR

Yu, Ovidia et al. [1991] Crystal is waiting.
Singapore: VJ Times.
Call No.: RSING S823 CRY

Rashid Saini et al.[1991] Express love.
Singapore: VJ Times.
Call No.: RSING S823 EXP

Pugalenthi Sr. (Ed.) [1992] Black warrior.
Singapore: VJ Times.
Call No.: RSING S823 BLA

Pakir, A & Goh, D. (Eds.) [1992] Eye on the world: changing landscapes.
Singapore: UniPress.
Call No.: RSING S820 EYE

Pugalenthi Sr. (Ed.) [1993] Black powers 2.
Singapore: V.J. Times.
Call No.: RSING S823.01 BLA

Barlow, A. (Ed.) [1993] The calling of kindred: poems from the English-speaking world.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Call No.: RSING 821 CAL

Pakir, A & Goh, D. (Eds.) [1993] Eye on the world: bridging worlds.
Singapore: UniPress.
Call No.: RSING S820 EYE

Pugalenthi Sr. (Ed.) [1994] Akuma: è devil.
Singapore: VJ Times International.
Call No.: RSING S823.08738 AKU

[1994] Black powers.
Singapore: VJ Times International.
Call No.: RSING S823.01 BLA

Pugalenthi Sr et al. 1995. Black powers 3.
Singapore: Asuras.
Call No.: RCLOS S823.0873 BLA

[1995] Dirty laundry, mergers & undercover: plays from TheatreWorks’ Writers’ Lab.
Singapore: TheatreWorks [and] Singapore Press Holdings
Call No.: RSING S822 DIR

Pugalenthi Sr et al. [1995] Bomoh: the medicine man.
Singapore: Asuras.
Call No.: No holdings in NL. (Available at the NUS Central Library.)

[1996] Expressions ‘96.
Singapore: English Department, Raffles Institution.
Call No.: No holdings in NL and NUS Central Library.

[1997] Expressions ‘97.
Singapore: English Department, Raffles Institution.
Call No.: No holdings in NL and NUS Central Library.

Pugalenthi Sr. (Ed.) [1997] Black powers 4.
Singapore: Asuras.

Pakir, A & Goh, D. (Eds.) [1997] Eye on the world: celebrating diversity.
Singapore: UniPress,
Call No.: RSING S820 EYE

Pugalenthi Sr.(Ed.) [1998] Chinese ghost nightmare.
Singapore: Asuras.

Pugalenthi Sr. (Ed.) [1998] Black powers 1.
Singapore: Asuras, 1998.
Call No.: No holdings in NL and NUS Central Library

Pugalenthi Sr. (Ed.) [1999] Best of true ghost stories:
Singapore. Singapore: Asuras.
Call No.: PL SING BES -[HO]

Pugalenthi Sr. (Ed.) [1999] Black magic nightmares.
Singapore: Asuras.
Call No.: PL SING BLA -[HO]


[2000] Capsule: a dose of new Singapore writing.
Brookline, MA: Mojorag, 2000.
Call No.: RSING/RDET 820.8 CAP Call No.: RSING/RDET 820.8 CAP

Pakir, A & Goh, L. (Eds.) [2001] Eye on the world: beyond beginnings.
Singapore: UniPress.
Call No.: RSING S820 EYE

[2001] e-lit.
Singapore: Pioneer Junior College.
Call No.: RSING S828.995957 ELI

Pugalenthi Sr. (Ed.) [2002] 13 haunted places.
Singapore. Singapore: VJ Times.
Call No.: RSING S823 THI

Sik, S.L. et al. [2002] Blueprint.
Singapore: Ethos Books.
Call No.: RSING S822 BLU

[2002] Cest La Vie: Singapore Student Literary Award II.
Xinjiapo: Lingzi chuan mei.
Call No.: RSING/YRSING 820.8092375 SHR

[2003] Goh, R & Soh, J. (Eds.) Engaging ourselves.
Singapore: UniPress.

Kon, D & Bik, K. (Eds.) [2003] Don’t judge a book by its cover: aka Dead people, flying fishes and the ones who missed the boat.
Singapore: Jointly published by Ngee Ann Polytechnic and Beaumont Pub.
Call No.: RSING S820.809283 DON

K.K. Seet. (Ed.) [2003] 5 under 25: prize-winning plays from the Writers’ Lab.
Singapore: TheatreWorks.
Call No.: RSING S822 FIV

Lim, A. & Chng, S.T. (Eds.). [2004?] 5 plays from Third Stage: a collection of five Singaporean plays.
Singapore: Third Stage Executive Committee.
Call No.: RSING S822 FIV

[2005] Chinatown cameos: a collection of poems from students of Kranji Secondary School.
[Singapore: Language Arts Educational Services].
Call No.: YRSING S821 CHI

Wong, C. (Ed.) [2005] But,: a collaborative writing anthology.
Singapore: Hwa Chong ELDDS: VJC Writer’s Circle.
Call No.: YRSING S828 BUT

Pan, L.Q & Lord, R. (Eds.) [2006] Best of Singapore erotica.
Singapore: Monsoon Books.
Call No.: RSING S823.01083538 BES

[2006] Dauntless: an anthology of horror stories.
Singapore: Assumption English School.
Call No.: YRSING 828.995957 DAU

Ho, Minfong. [2008] Journeys : an anthology of short stories.
Singapore : Marshall Cavendish Editions
Call No: 823 HO

Ng Yi-Sheng … [et al.] [2010] GASPP : a gay anthology of Singaporean poetry and prose.
Singapore : The Literary Centre.
Call No: S828 GAS

Loh, Chin Ee. [2013] Little things : an anthology of poetry.
Singapore : Ethos Books.
Call No: 821 LOH

De Rozario,Tania. [2014] Body boundaries : the etiquetteSG anthologies, volume I.
Singapore : The Literary Centre
Call No: 823 DER

McConnell, Philip. [2014] Sound of mind : a teacher-writers anthology of poems and prompts.
Singapore : Ethos Books.
Call No: 821 MCC

Ang, Ann. [2014] SingPoWriMo : the anthology.
[Singapore] : Math Paper Press.
Call No: 821 ANG

Chia, Christine. [2014] A luxury we cannot afford : an anthology of Singapore poetry.
[Singapore] : Math Paper Press.
Call No: 821 CHI

Chong, Andy, Lee, Galven, Sen, Jason. [2015] 1927 Singapore : an anthology of short stories constructed from historical sources.
Singapore: publisher not identified
Call No.: RSING S823 NIN

Lim, Siew Yea. [2015] Eye on the world: common corridors.
Singapore : Gifted Education Branch, Curriculum Planning & Development Branch, Ministry of Education.
Call No: 808.880095957 EYE

Gwee, Li Sui & Tan, Chee Lay & Sa’eda Bte Buang & Azhagiya Pandiyan. [2015] Singathology: Vol 1, Life: 50 new works by celebrated Singapore writers.
Singapore : National Arts Council Singapore : Marshall Cavendish Editions
Call No: 808.880095957 SIN

Gwee, Li Sui & Tan, Chee Lay & Sa’eda Bte Buang & Azhagiya Pandiyan. [2015] Singathology: Vol 2, Life: 50 new works by celebrated Singapore writers.
Singapore : National Arts Council Singapore : Marshall Cavendish Editions
Call No: 808.880095957 SIN

Yam, Daryl Qilin. [2015]  Singpowrimo 2015 : the anthology.
Singapore : Math Paper Press.
Call No. 821 YAM

Accessing National Library Board Singapore Resources

Accessing the Print Materials

You can search the library catalogue (for physical materials) in the library and from home ( The easy search function allows you to search/browse by author, title, keyword, subject and ISBN/ISSN whereas the advanced search allows you to narrow your searches to specific media types or language holdings. In both instances, you will also be able to limit your search to specific libraries by clicking on the “limit by branch” option.

To search Lee Kong Chian Reference Library’s Holdings

If you wish to search for only materials available in the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library, please always click on the “Limit by Branch” button at the bottom of the page, after you have keyed in your search term. This brings you to a new page whereby you will be able to select the library of your choice. Choose “Lee Kong Chian Reference Library” and select “yes” under the “Display only items available in the selected branch below” and then click on search.

Things to note:

Once you have identified the title that you need, please double-check through the following information and write down the necessary info:

i. The “Status” of the item: the item is not available in the library, if the status displayed is “in transit”, “in process” or “not ready for loan”.
ii. Double-check that the item is in Lee Kong Chian Reference Library under “Branch”.
iii. Write down the Location Code and the Call Number of the item. This helps you to locate the item within Lee Kong Chian Reference Library. Please refer to the table below for more information (Note: Please feel free to approach the counter staff for help in locating the books.)

All featured books and periodicals are located at the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library.


Accessing the Databases

The National Library Board (NLB)’s eResources are free for all NLB members. Click here to find out how to register as a member.

If you’re having problems registering or logging in, please contact us. If you wish to find information in the databases but am not sure where to begin, or need recommendations on which databases to use, please use the “Ask A Librarian” function or send an email to for help. The librarian will get back to you within three working days.

The information in this resource guide is valid as at Feb 2017 and correct as far as we are able to ascertain from our sources. It is not intended to be an exhaustive or complete history on the subject. Please contact the Library for further reading materials on the topic.

All Rights Reserved. National Library Board Singapore 2017.


AnthologiesSingapore Literature in English

Overview of the Singapore Literature Bibliographies (1950 – 2015)

The National Library has compiled a set of bibliographies on Singapore Literature that covers works published in English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil. These provide a comprehensive listing of literary works by Singapore writers and Singapore literature from more than 50 years ago. The bibliographies have been updated from the original print versions to include works published from 2008 to 2015. The full listing of works including titles of newspapers and literary periodicals in the four languages can be easily accessed through the Resource Guides platform. More information about the specific language bibliographies including scope and coverage can be found in the respective Singapore Literature Resource Guides.

0 thoughts on “Singapore Literature Authors Bibliography”


Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *