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Suppose A Collapse



Suppose A Collapse arranges moments between two cities, each viewed through the lens of the other, intimately mapping the interiors of a fourth floor flat in Madrid and the childhood bedroom of a three-bed semi in Belfast. Hybrid writing informed by and formed of life, the text collects experiences based on the author’s changing relationship with family and place. 

Slipping in and out of lyric essaying, the text addresses the movement between film, art and writing to reflect both lucidity and a fracturing present. Personal and collective histories such as those of a child born in a mother and baby home in Belfast in the early 20th Century, or a
single mother childminding to make ends meet, align and misalign around a poetics examining sound, light, swimming and surfaces.

Encounters with art exhibitions in the long corridors of the Reina Sofíá in Madrid, or the sunken gallery of the Metropolitan Arts Centre in Belfast, anchors thinking which is as likely to land on the handle of a door to watch a spider crawl away as it is to discuss work by Céline Sciamma, Tai Shani, Peggy Phelan and Katrina Palmer.

How many times can we fold up our lives into smaller and smaller shapes until there’s no room anymore, only the one that we’re in?


JOAN is a new publishing project supporting feminist and queer voices–explored through interdisciplinary artists’ writing. A short video, What A Mess, available to watch for one month from 7pm on Thursday 6th May on the JOAN website as part of the book's launch. You can also listen to two sound works, Fizzy Things and Sound of the Underground.


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Also stocked at Donlon Books and Cafe Oto London, Good Press, Glasgow and Desperate Literature, Madrid.

'(REVIEW) Still Like Water: Suppose a Collapse by Lucie McLaughlin' by Enxhi Mandija (SPAM Plaza)

'The Friday Critique Review, Suppose A Collapse' by Tiegan Johnston (The Seamus Heaney Centre)

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