Esplanade Presents


Two to the Dark Tower Come

Yeow Kai Chai & Clara Chow (Singapore)

29 Mar 2023, Wed, 7pm & 8pm


(Intermission: None)

Esplanade Concourse

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What’s inside the mysterious dark tower? In our lives, each of us aspires to reach our own tower, whether it represents a dream, ambition, or even death. Yeow Kai Chai will read poems from his collection, One to the Dark Tower Comes, which won the Singapore Literature Prize in 2022. He is joined by partner-in-crime Clara Chow and together they present two sets comprising a reading of a mono-titular series of poems A Slit from Sternum to Pizzle and a single long poem Another to the Dark Tower Comes. 


No tickets will be issued. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Language: English
Things to Note:
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Artist Information

Yeow Kai Chai

Yeow Kai Chai, co-editor of Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, has three poetry collections, Secret Manta (2001), Pretend I’m Not Here (2006), and One to the Dark Tower Comes (2020), which was awarded the 2022 Singapore Literature Prize. He also co-wrote The Adopted: Stories from Angkor (2015) and Lost Bodies: Poems Between Portugal and Home (2016). He has worked as editor-in-chief, entertainment editor and music reviewer in My Paper and The Straits Times and was the festival director of Singapore Writers Festival from 2015 to 2018. 

Clara Chow

Clara Chow is the author of fiction collections Dream Storeys (2016), Modern Myths (2018, and shortlisted for 2020 Singapore Literature Prize) and Not Great, But At Least Something (2021). Under her independent Hermit Press, she produced travelogues New Orleans (2020) and Caves (2020), as well as the bilingual 几首烂情诗 / Lousy Love Poems (2021). A former journalist, she has been writer-in-residence at Toji Cultural Center and the University of Iowa. Her latest book is the prose chapbook, There is No Why, Only.

Date & Time

29 Mar 2023, Wed


Esplanade Concourse


Esplanade Concourse

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