Sarah Irving

I do things with words, mainly English and Arabic

I met Murder on the way…

As with much of the rest of Australia, Sydney’s street names bear the stamp of its British colonial past – Pitt, George,Sussex and so on. One of the main thoroughfares … Continue reading

June 26, 2011 · Leave a comment

How not to build a Palestine solidarity movement

I wrote the piece below as a way of working through a number of issues I had with a fairly hideous meeting I spoke at in Melbourne in March. I … Continue reading

June 24, 2011 · 9 Comments

Hage, Makdisi et al at the Opera House

Sunday night’s cheerful little jaunt was to a panel debate at Sydney Opera House, featuring Saree Makdisi, Ghassan Hage, Naomi Chazan and Peter Hartcher on the subject of what recent … Continue reading

June 22, 2011 · Leave a comment

Solomon/Byrne transcript

I’ve been asked to post a transcript of the speeches given by Karel Solomon and Fiona Byrne at the presentation to Marrickville Council of a letter of support from Desmond … Continue reading

June 20, 2011 · Leave a comment

Challenge to library cuts

It seems like very little good news is coming out of Britain at the moment, but this press release from Public Interest Lawyers was a little gleam of sunshine: Press … Continue reading

June 20, 2011 · Leave a comment

It's a lovely night for a moondance…

Well, actually it’s not. It’s cold and damp in Sydney at the moment (if I’d known the Aussie weather was going to like this I could’ve saved myself the fare … Continue reading

June 15, 2011 · 2 Comments

Ethical War

Another piece of warped genius from Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal:

June 13, 2011 · Leave a comment

Michael Nyman at the Brickworks

Artists are supposed to have to suffer for their work, but occasionally audiences have to endure a certain amount of discomfort too. Like today, when viewing composer Michael Nyman’s short … Continue reading

June 10, 2011 · Leave a comment

New article: 'In Australia, Is 'Say No To Burqas' Say No To Immigration?'

The WIP, 10th June 2011 “The women’s rights argument against the burqa, Ho claims, is “the most insidious part of the debate.” In Australia such views have been routinely put … Continue reading

June 10, 2011 · 2 Comments

He called Desmond Tutu a WHAT?

They’re a classy lot, these Sydney Zionists. On Wednesday night, I was lucky enough to be invited to a small ceremony at which Fiona Byrne, the Mayor of Marrickville, was … Continue reading

June 9, 2011 · 2 Comments

New article: Antony Loewenstein interviewed

Electronic Intifada, 8th June 2011: “The Murdoch press is obviously known in Britain and America — it’s not confined to Australia — for being pretty antagonistic towards Arabs and Muslims. … Continue reading

June 8, 2011 · Leave a comment

'Yes to climate action', Sydney, 5th June 2011

Police estimates say Sydney 8,000; Melbourne 10,000; Brisbane 2,000. Husband estimates 2,000 for Adelaide too.

June 5, 2011 · Leave a comment

'Sound of Silence', Mori Gallery

As if spending most of my waking hours on Palestine-related work at the moment isn’t depressing enough, this evening’s cheerful little jaunt took me to the opening of an exhibition … Continue reading

June 2, 2011 · Leave a comment