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Claudine Toutoungi

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  • Claudine Toutoungi grew up in Warwickshire and studied English and French at Trinity College, Oxford University. After a Master’s at Goldsmiths, she trained as an actor at LAMDA and worked as a BBC Radio Drama producer and English teacher. As a dramatist, her plays Bit Part and Slipping have been produced by The Stephen Joseph Theatre. She adapted Slipping for BBC Radio 4, after it was featured in a international reading series at New York’s Lark Play Development Centre. Other work for BBC Radio includes Deliverers and Home Front. She lives in Cambridge.
    Praise for Claudine Toutoungi
    'Reading Toutoungi's collection feels, in more ways than one, like indulging in a long, cool drink, only to be occasionally surprised by its intriguing yet refreshing aftertaste.'
    Mary Jean Chan, The Poetry Review

     'It is rare that a first collection of poems bounces into the mind like a gifted child, difficult, effervescent, wildly inventive and not to be silenced. When it happens, woe betide the over cautious critic who fails to register both excitement and eager anticipation of more to come. Simon Armitage'€™s first book (Zoom) burst in on me like that, as did Selima Hill'€™s (Saying Hello at the Station). Now, I am delighted to say, I have been ambushed by excellence again.'
    Peter Pegnall, Ploughshares


    'One way of judging a book is by whether it stays with you after you'€™ve read it. This is a book that does. Perhaps that'€™s because it'€™s peculiarly vivid. Perhaps it'€™s because it has genuine wit, or because of its lightness of touch, or its sophistication or inventiveness, or the rigour of the logic that holds the poems together. But actually I think it'€™s because it also has a kind of unafraid honesty, a quality completely unrelated to the skill of writing, but so crucial to the best poetry.'
    Mark Waldron
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