Cyril Wong

Cyril Wong completed his doctoral degree in English Literature at the National University of Singapore in 2012. He is the Singapore Literature Prize-winning author of twelve poetry collections including The Dictator's Eyebrow, a volume of stories including Let Me Tell You Something About That Night, one novel, and editor of an anthology of Singaporean poetry and prose. He serves as co-editor for the Quarterly Literary Review Singapore and was the founding editor of the poetry webjournal, SOFTBLOW. His poems and essays have been published in journals and anthologies in Singapore and abroad.

Books by Cyril Wong


This is an anthology of twelve stories from twelve unique Singaporean voices: S. Rajaratnam, Yeo Wei Wei, Goh Sin Tub, Simon Tay, Stephanie Ye, Alfian Sa’at, Suchen Christine Lim, Wena Poon, O Thiam Chin, Claire Tham, Philip Jeyaretnam and Felix Cheong.

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This is a disturbing, poetic account of an unnamed dictator’s eyebrow whose longings, delusions of grandeur, and curious influence have shaped history in ways previously unknown—until now. Within a surreal tale about an eyebrow’s thirst for recognition and power, a love story also unexpectedly emerges.

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Be warned, mothers should not read these stories to their children, even though they might contain a lonely elf, a talking moon, a butterfly that wants to be a rabbit, or a boy who was born with a flower as an unfortunate appendage. Hovering within the realm of fables, myths and fairy tales, here are unlikely bedtime stories that are best read on a dark, stormy night, and at the risk of wounding the soul.

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