Two Tongues by Claudine Toutoungi: Carcanet Book Launch

Please join us to celebrate the launch of Claudine Toutoungi's new poetry collection, Two Tongues.


Wednesday 25th November, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

  • Book Launch
  • In Conversation
  • Online event


About the Event

Please join us to celebrate the launch of Claudine Toutoungi's new poetry collection, Two Tongues. Hosting the reading will be writer and BBC radio producer, Emma Harding, joining Claudine to discuss the new work. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask their own questions. We will also be showing extracts of the text during the reading so that you can read along.

Slip-ups, skirmishes and the sidelong glance characterise Claudine Toutoungi's Two Tongues, a surreal and startling second collection that takes on the dislocations and double takes of modern life and weaves from them poems of wit, grit and delicious abandon. In a landscape populated by levitating snailfish, sotto voce therapists, melancholic kittiwakes and collapsing stage sets, boundaries blur, languages merge, vision is partial and identity nothing but fluid. Misdirected medical reminders, discarded letters, crossed wires and linguistic mash-ups proliferate as the urban and natural worlds collide in an exuberant exploration of confusion - spatial, verbal and psychological. A gallery is overrun with mushrooms, a scientist takes home a fox-cub to nurse, a wild swimmer grapples with sharks and all the while these questing, querulous poems shape-shift from searing to soulful to droll to defiant, as they confess, cajole, sometimes ponder, occasionally pout and perpetually wrestle with our fractured world.

Claudine Toutoungi’s collections are Two Tongues (2020) and Smoothie (2017), both from Carcanet Press. She also writes for stage and radio and lives in Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Emma Harding is a writer and BBC radio producer, specialising in drama and poetry.

Registration for this online event will cost £2, later redeemable against the cost of the book. All attendees will receive the discount code and how to purchase the book during and after event.

About the Book

Two Tongues
Two Tongues

Claudine Toutoungi

Publisher:Carcanet Press Ltd

Publication date:29 Oct 2020


Levitating snailfish, sotto voice therapists and melancholic kittiwakes abound in this soulful and surreal concoction, from poet and playwright Claudine Toutoungi.