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The Fifth Province book cover
The Fifth Province book cover

The Fifth Provice

A Leeds-based group of writers with Irish backgrounds and connections has produced an anthology of poems.


Lucht Focail (People of the Word) are a group of writers who meet fortnightly at the Irish Centre in Leeds. Amongst them are seasoned published writers, and newcomers who have been inspired to write.

The group started in 2002 when some students on an Irish Studies at Leeds Metropolitan University realised they had a love of writing in common as well as their Irish roots.

Deidre McGarry, co-founder of Lucht Focail says: "I think because we are all have Ireland in our blood we connect and that helps us to express something that doesn't come alive with people that don't understand where you are coming from. It's about identity and sharing that sparks creativity.

"Ireland is quite different to England with a different culture and identity. We think our identity is important and we have something to say about being Irish in Britain."

The Fifth Province is an anthology of around 100 poems, written by 11 members of the group.

The poems are very different in style but share common themes. Deidre says: "A lot are about Ireland and the experience of being Irish abroad. There are all sorts of themes, many quite spiritual"

The title of the book, and the striking cover has a special meaning.

"In Ireland are four provinces (Ulster, Munster, Leinster and Connaught), a stone in the middle marks the fifth province which is not a physical place, but spiritual. The Irish abroad connect to the fifth province because we do not connect with the land of Ireland."

Lucht Focail meet on the second Thursday of each month at Leeds Irish Centre, at 8pm. The group welcomes new members. Experience is not important. "You don't have to be a writer, just have to aspire to be a writer".

The Fifth Province book launch takes place at Leeds Irish Centre on Thursday 23 March 2006 from 8pm with music, dancing, poetry and refreshments.

last updated: 22/03/06
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