Sarah Irving

I do things with words, mainly English and Arabic

Translation: 'the deposit', by Shafeeq Taha Al-Nobany

The Arab Review, 27th July 2012, translated by Yousef Hamdan and Sarah Irving Shining ice was spread across the streets without a pattern or shape. The bus was creaking, like … Continue reading

July 27, 2012 · 2 Comments


I ate what are probably, possibly, definitely the last two apricots from the tree here in Eden today – so warm and ripe they tasted more like mango. On the … Continue reading

July 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

Ghassan Kanafani remembered in Deheishe

A few weeks ago – July 8th – was the 40th anniversary of the assassination of the great Palestinian writer Ghassan Kanafani. Kanafani was killed at the age of just … Continue reading

July 26, 2012 · Leave a comment

Knowledge, bitter and sweet

What I know about ceramics could be written on the back of a small exhibition label. But I do know that there is something about the solidity and heft and … Continue reading

July 25, 2012 · Leave a comment

Thinking about how to write on violence

I’ve been a having a small ‘discussion’ recently with a publication for which I have written on and off for several years, on the subject of some wording they changed … Continue reading

July 24, 2012 · 2 Comments

Liptons on the ceiling

A recent conversation with a friend reminded me of this photo, which I took three years ago: It shows the ceiling of the ground floor of the bus station in … Continue reading

July 23, 2012 · 1 Comment

Highlighting women asylum seekers

Friday week, my friend Hannah and a colleague from WAST (Women Asylum Seekers Together, a brilliant group in Manchester) will be cycling from Dallas Court, the scene of so many … Continue reading

July 20, 2012 · Leave a comment

Launching 'Leila Khaled' in Palestine

It’s now a week since I came back to Amman from doing three book launches for the Leila Khaled biography in Palestine – Jerusalem, Ramallah and Bethlehem. All three events … Continue reading

July 17, 2012 · 2 Comments

Fadi Azzam's Sarmada reviewed

Better late than never? I wrote this review of Fadi Azzam’s Sarmada about 6 months ago, and then agonised for a while about what to do with it, to the … Continue reading

July 14, 2012 · Leave a comment

New article: exhibition review – Darat al-Funun

Electronic Intifada, 9th July 2012 In the picturesque surroundings of the Darat al Funun gallery in downtown Amman, Jordan, artist Jumana Abboud stands squeezing lemon after lemon by hand, using … Continue reading

July 10, 2012 · Leave a comment