Sarah Irving

I do things with words, mainly English and Arabic

Overheard on a bus

“I have absolutely no skills. I can meow!” Actually this made more sense in context – that of two jobbing actresses discussing the pressure to have other strings to their … Continue reading

May 31, 2011 · Leave a comment

Grim but hilarious

Thanks husband! (should I be worried about that source?).

May 31, 2011 · Leave a comment

Palestine through different lenses

Today, I have researched, downloaded and examined so many bloody photographs for exhibition that I am starting to loath the upcoming Hebron-Leichhardt festival more than I can express. Nevertheless, these … Continue reading

May 30, 2011 · 2 Comments

Writing: job vs lifestyle

There is an excellent article here from Pam Mandel at Nerd’s Eye View. It should be required reading for anyone with aspirations to be any kind of writer, not just … Continue reading

May 30, 2011 · Leave a comment

Another R.I.P

The great Gil Scott-Heron, of course. And, lest we forget, from last May.

May 28, 2011 · Leave a comment

Consultants, advisors and experts, Oh My!

I spent this morning putting up a new gallery on my home Tenants & Residents Association website, showing the progress of a small piece of local wasteground from a dogshit-smeared … Continue reading

May 27, 2011 · Leave a comment

What is it with Australians and apostrophes?

OK, I accept that the subject of this blog is both trivial and reveals me as some kind of a trainspotterish weirdo. But there is only so much a woman … Continue reading

May 25, 2011 · Leave a comment

Trafford Centre greenwash

I was recently sent the event advertisement below with the request that it be publicised via a community group website I run. However, as it’s such a shameless attempt at … Continue reading

May 23, 2011 · 2 Comments

Gail Dines on porn

Excellent article in yesterday’s edition of The Age on the impacts of pornography. The title given to the piece – presumably by a sub – is ‘How the hardcore porn … Continue reading

May 19, 2011 · Leave a comment

Stephen Lawrence

It’s hit the news today that two men are to stand trial for the murder of Stephen Lawrence in 1993 – the murder that led to the official (though hardly … Continue reading

May 18, 2011 · 1 Comment

Gaza at Readings

This evening, I faced what I sincerely hope will be my last Gaza: Beneath the Bombs book event in Australia. Those in Sydney and Newcastle were fairly gentle affairs, with … Continue reading

May 17, 2011 · 3 Comments

The Nakba and gay rights in Palestine and Israel

I spent an interesting Nakba weekend at Temperatures Rising, a conference on Palestinian liberation organised by a collective from CJPP. One of the most fascinating workshops – and, apparently, the … Continue reading

May 17, 2011

New article: Randa Abdel-Fattah interviewed

Electronic Intifada, 4th May 2011 Randa Abdel-Fattah is the author of five novels for young adults and children. Born in Melbourne and now living in Sydney, she is also a … Continue reading

May 5, 2011 · Leave a comment

I talk to cats…

This morning I am homesick and, it being a working day (I should be working too, but my only boss is me and I never was a very good slavedriver), … Continue reading

May 2, 2011 · Leave a comment