Sarah Irving

I do things with words, mainly English and Arabic

Review: The Freedom Theatre perform ‘The Siege’

Electronic Intifada, 2 June 2015 The setting for The Siege is the interior of the church itself, skilfully evoked with a specially-constructed set in which smoke, ornate hanging lamps, tiled … Continue reading

June 22, 2015 · 2 Comments

Translation as Solidarity: The Book of Gaza

Originally posted on The Comma Press Blog:
GUEST BLOG – Sarah Irving, translator for The Book of Gaza,  has written a post on translation, the current situation in Gaza and her…

June 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Seaside

A while ago, I wrote this short story – my first in years, if not decades. And then a few months ago, I sent it in to a writing website’s … Continue reading

June 2, 2015 · 2 Comments

New review: ‘Garden State’ at the Mosaic Rooms

Electronic Intifada, 28 May 2015 But the images also have a larger narrative; the Carmel forest — insofar as any landscape in an inhabited region is “natural” — is not … Continue reading

June 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

New review: Lital Levy’s ‘Poetic Trespass’

Electronic Intifada, 19 May 2015 Rather, Levy puts forward an analysis of the ways in which literature and language have operated in the dark corners of this power-ridden, unequal environment. … Continue reading

June 2, 2015 · 1 Comment

New review: Decolonizing Palestinian Politicial Economy, ed Turner & Shweiki

Electronic Intifada, 1 May 2015 The forceful reminder they put forward is that the habit into which many (most?) of us so easily slip in talking about Palestinians living in … Continue reading

June 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

New Review: Darwish, ‘Why Did You Leave the Horse Alone?’

Electronic Intifada, 24 April 2015 In the closing poem of the book, Darwish shapes a scenario which could be that of the West Bank in which he lived his final … Continue reading

April 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

New review: Lanterns of the King of Galilee by Ibrahim Nasrallah

Electronic Intifada, 11th February 2015 Daher al-Umar, born around 1690 near Tiberias in the Galilee, was the son of a multazim or tax-gatherer for the Ottoman Empire. His family had … Continue reading

February 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Statement from the newly-banned Sudanese Writers Union

Below is the text of a public statement from the Sudanese Writers Union, dated February 1st, and commenting on its closure by the Sudanese government. As the statement mentions, it’s … Continue reading

February 2, 2015 · 1 Comment

Gulf War One and the BBC’s banned songs

As the result of a Twitter conversation with SOAS’ David Wearing which started with the 39 Steps and worked its way through the works of John Buchan, Greenmantle, BBC Radio … Continue reading

January 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

New review: music and Palestine

Electronic Intifada, 22nd December 2014 In Beckles Willson’s case, however, a few important points stand out. One is her careful, sophisticated, but nevertheless uncompromising articulation of the deep-seated difference between … Continue reading

December 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

New review: Open Bethlehem

Electronic Intifada, 11th December 2014 As a set of street interviews which accompany the closing credits of Open Bethlehem show, plenty of people in the modern West have no idea … Continue reading

December 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Neoliberalism and higher education: a wee example from Edinburgh

As Isabel Lachenauer, one of the first – and possibly the last – graduates of the University of Edinburgh’s Advanced Arabic masters programme writes: I strongly urge the Head of … Continue reading

November 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

New review: Jean-Pierre Filiu’s history of Gaza

Electronic Intifada, 28th October 2014 Gaza was a key strategic point, the last source of water before the Sinai, from the perspective of armies and merchants heading from the Levant … Continue reading

November 10, 2014 · Leave a comment
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