Sarah Irving

I do things with words, mainly English and Arabic

Bassel Shehade

A friend of a friend, a young Syrian film-maker called Bassel Shehade, was killed in the city of Homs yesterday. As that intermediary friend put it, ‘it is a terrible … Continue reading

May 29, 2012 · Leave a comment

'The Source' (La source des femmes)

Saw ‘The Source’ at the Cornerhouse last night with friend Ruth. Having slept on it, I’m still not entirely sure what I think of the film. This is the official … Continue reading

May 29, 2012 · 1 Comment

'Leila Khaled' reviewed

Asa Winstanley‘s review of my new Leila Khaled biography is out on Electronic Intifada. After last week’s fuss from the Zionist mob, it’s nice to have some feedback from somebody … Continue reading

May 24, 2012 · 1 Comment

Avigdor Lieberman's supporters in London

Having been on the receiving end of the opinions some of Israel’s supporters in the UK, not a lot surprises me about the more select members of this group. This … Continue reading

May 23, 2012 · 1 Comment

New article: British Mandate in Palestine – upcoming exhibition at the Brunei Gallery

Electronic Intifada, 21st May 2012: The project drew on testimonies from various people who had memories of the British Mandate period. Among the stories of arrests, house demolitions and hangings … Continue reading

May 21, 2012 · Leave a comment

Manchester playwright finally gets right to asylum

Now this is some properly good news, as reported today in Manchester Mule: Playwright Lydia Besong and her husband Bernard Batey have won their right to asylum after a six-year … Continue reading

May 18, 2012 · Leave a comment

Be very afraid…

One of the scariest things about the USA is the people who (get elected to) run it. People who have political control over massive armies and nuclear arsenals, enormous economic … Continue reading

May 17, 2012 · Leave a comment

New details for Manchester launch of Leila Khaled biography

So, after various to-ings and fro-ings the details for the rescheduled launch for the Leila Khaled biography have been hammered out. Manchester Digital Laboratory – better known to geeks and … Continue reading

May 16, 2012 · 1 Comment

Manchester launch for Leila Khaled bio NOT cancelled

I’ve had some overwhelmingly great support today from a wide range of people, and now have several options for making this event happen despite today’s bullying of Blackwell’s into cancellation. … Continue reading

May 14, 2012 · Leave a comment

Manchester launch for Leila Khaled biography CANCELLED

I’m very sad to say that the Manchester launch of my Leila Khaled biography, which was due to take place a week on Thursday, has been cancelled. A very shaken … Continue reading

May 14, 2012 · 3 Comments

New article: 'Subversion' Arabic art exhibition reviewed

Electronic Intifada, 13th May 2012 The final Palestinian contribution is “Gazawood,” by twin al-Aqsa University students known as Tarzan and Arab. In a mocked-up cinema — by the look of … Continue reading

May 13, 2012 · 1 Comment

The 3 Disappearances of Soad Hosni, Cornerhouse

Just returned from The Cornerhouse screening of The Three Disappearances of Soad Hosni, a film made by Lebanese director Rania Stephan, who was present for a post-screening Q&A. Soad Hosni … Continue reading

May 10, 2012 · 2 Comments

"Leila Khaled…" gets its first coverage

With amazing speed, Ibrahim Darwish of Al-Quds Al-Arabi has produced this lengthy piece on my new Pluto Press book Leila Khaled: Icon of Palestinian Liberation. It’s in Arabic, but the … Continue reading

May 10, 2012 · Leave a comment