Sarah Irving

I do things with words, mainly English and Arabic

Egypt: riots, poets, crap media

I made the mistake of watching the tea-time news with the in-laws today. It was on Australia’s Channel 9, which is Murdoch-owned, but I didn’t know that at the time … Continue reading

January 31, 2011 · 1 Comment

Australia Day: two books by Aussie women

A few weeks ago, out on a day-trip on the Fleurieu Peninsula, as we were driving between Victor Harbor and Middleton, husband yelled ‘bookshop!’. We screeched to a halt outside … Continue reading

January 26, 2011 · 2 Comments

New article: Boycott vote in Sydney suburb sparks media furor, death threats

Electronic Intifada, 24th January 2011: On 15 December 2010, the councilors of Marrickville, a suburb of Sydney, Australia voted by a 10-2 majority to support the Palestinian call for boycott, … Continue reading

January 24, 2011 · 5 Comments

"I don't want kids"

A couple of days ago, one of the search engine terms that someone used to get to my website was “I don’t want kids.” I found it rather plaintive, and … Continue reading

January 24, 2011 · 18 Comments

Green Wedge and assorted wankers

A new website, Green Wedge, has been launched in the UK. It seems to be trying to combine politics and music/culture in a way that’s cooler and more environment-conscious than … Continue reading

January 22, 2011 · Leave a comment

DIY Friday

Somewhat inadvertently, I’ve developed a new Friday evening ritual. Over the last few weeks a fluid group of activists – Palestinians, internationals and Israelis – have started tweeting live reports … Continue reading

January 21, 2011 · 2 Comments

Tour Down Under in Unley

This evening, thanks to councillor father-in-law, a planned wander around the Tour Down Under stage carnival on King William Road in Unley turned into free wine, canapes and thoroughly lardy … Continue reading

January 19, 2011 · 1 Comment

Dreaming of Palestinian food…

Tonight I’m editing together the ‘eating’ section of the Nablus chapter for Bradt’s Palestine guidebook. That means I’m in danger of dribbling on my mother-in-law’s couch, and will have to … Continue reading

January 18, 2011 · 2 Comments

People who don't want kids are selfish, Oh Yes

Oh yes. Obviously. We are unnatural and strange human beings who must be motivated by self-centredness, immaturity and self-absorption. We cannot possibly have made considered decisions about the welfare of … Continue reading

January 16, 2011 · 5 Comments

New article: Jordanian Environmentalists To Fight Ajloun Forest Construction

Green Prophet, 15th January 2011: Jordanian environmentalists have launched a new campaign against plans to build a military academy at Bergish, in the Ajloun Forest nature reserve in north-western Jordan. … Continue reading

January 16, 2011 · Leave a comment

John Lewis ditches settlement cosmetics

Excellent BDS news: British retailer John Lewis has announced that it will no longer be stocking Ahava Dead Sea products. For the news announcement, see the Independent Middle East Media … Continue reading

January 15, 2011 · 4 Comments

Palestine, tourism, travel guide writing

I just finished reading Do Travel Writers Go To Hell? by Thomas Kohnstamm, as loaned to me by Husband’s friend Georgia. Since I’m half way (in my dreams) through writing … Continue reading

January 14, 2011 · 1 Comment

Palestine's women photojournalists

The joys of Twitter… thanks to photographer Lucas Mulder (who has done some wonderful work on the settler-besieged West Bank village of Yanoun), I came across this marvellous blog post … Continue reading

January 8, 2011 · 1 Comment

Eating local in Adelaide

OK, so I’m homesick and missing my girlfriends and my cats, but there are upsides to life in sunny (very, today, stupidly hot) Adelaide. One of them is the food … Continue reading

January 6, 2011 · Leave a comment