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Introduction to Alfian Sa'at
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 | 6:28 PM | 0 comments

Alfian Sa'at

(Information from:, Writing Singapore: An Historical Anthology of Singapore Literature and wikipedia)

Who is this man?

Born in 18 July 1977, Alfian Sa’at is a Singaporean writer, poet and playwright. He graduated from Raffles Junior College in 1995 and subsequently did not complete his studies at the National University of Singapore's medicine programme.

He is currently a Resident Playwright with W!LD RICE. 

His works:

1. Plays:
  • Black Boards, White Walls (1997)
  • The Optic Trilogy (2001)
  • Cooling Off Day 
  • Homesick 
  • Asian Boys Vol. 1 (2000)
  • Landmarks: Asian Boys Vol. 2 (2004) 
  • Happy Endings: Asian Boys Vol. 3 (2007)
  • Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs
  • Beauty & The Beast

2. Poetry:

  • One Fierce Hour (1998)
  • A History of Amnesia (2001)
  • The Invisible Manuscript
3. Short Stories:
  • Corridor and other stories (1999)
  • Malay Sketches


He has been nominated for the Kirayama Asia-Pacific Book Prize and the Singapore Literature Prize for A History of Amnesia.

Alfian has been nominated seven times for Best Script at the Life! Theatre Awards, eventually winning in 2005 for his play, Landmarks, and later in 2010 for his play, Nadirah. He was also the winner of the BOH Cameronian Best Original Book and/or Lyrics Award for The Secret Life Of Nora in Malaysia in 2012.

In 2001, Alfian won the Golden Point Award for Poetry as well as the National Arts Council Young Artist Award for Literature. His plays have been translated into German, Swedish and Danish and have been read and performed in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, London, Zürich, Hamburg, Munich, Berlin, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Melbourne and Sydney.

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