Supported by the Arts Council and Wicklow County Council


Title: Lagoon
Author: Samantha McCulloch 
Series: First Drafts #1
Design: Marc Hollenstein
Publisher: Kunstverein Publishing
Publication date: 2022
Pages: 95
Dimensions: 13 x 19.5cm
Language: English
Price: €18.00

There is something exciting about a first draft – anarchic, scrappy, full of life, flawed. A first draft has something that a second one has not. Our lives are full of misery, but what about the thrill of being here together, in this terrible time, knowing that life will not be so terrible once the next draft comes?
Sheila Heti, Pure Colour

Part prose poem, part reflection on the relations between writing and place, Lagoon tells the story of the slow undoing of an idyll. In it the narrator walks for hours during long summer nights, gazing through the windows that line the streets. In between, she reflects on how she might write about the shifting space of the lagoon, where she spent summer holidays with her family years ago. In adolescence, the narrator watches quietly as her mother, father and sister go about building their holiday home. But she can sense something is awry, she just does not fully understand what.