Sarah Irving

I do things with words, mainly English and Arabic

Arabian Nights at the Lowry

Thanks to Husband, yesterday I saw the Library Theatre Co’s production of Arabian Nights, and I can’t recommend highly enough that anyone with the chance to do so gets along … Continue reading

December 30, 2012 · 1 Comment

End-of-year clearinghouse (1): London and bombs

During the summer, I met up with an Australian friend visiting the UK, and we went for lunch at the Wellcome Institute on Euston Road. At the door, our bags … Continue reading

December 29, 2012 · 1 Comment

Eleven years ago at Erez

I’m not a great fan of personal testimonies from internationals who have been in Palestine. Too many of them, I feel, concentrate too heavily on the experiences of foreign visitors … Continue reading

December 26, 2012 · 1 Comment

‘Despite’ at Richmix, Bethnal Green

Merry Christmas, one and all. For anyone who, like me, is stuck in London over the festive period (and the weather outside is about the least festive thing I’ve ever … Continue reading

December 25, 2012 · Leave a comment

PhD scholarships at CASAW

CASAW – the Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arabic World, based within the Dept of Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Edinburgh – is offering … Continue reading

December 15, 2012 · Leave a comment

Decline and fall of civilisation, young people today etc etc

I’m not in a strong position to complain, since I benefit from sources of cheap second-hand books, but I found this rather depressing: Especially since it was stamped on this: … Continue reading

December 13, 2012 · Leave a comment

Hassan Blasim: I'm not interested in 'preserving the beauty of the Arabic language'

Here is my guest blog post for ArabLit about the Newcastle launch of Hassan Blasim’s latest collection of short stories, The Iraqi Christ. Despite a notable absence of the actual … Continue reading

December 12, 2012 · Leave a comment

Arabic-English/English-Arabic poetry book

Reproduced below is a guest post I did for the Arabic Literature (in English) blog on a bilingual poetry book by two Scottish poets – one living in Edinburgh and … Continue reading

December 7, 2012 · Leave a comment

I'll be post-feminist in post-patriarchy

This, sadly, is a real 13th birthday card, sold under the Arnold Barton brand which appears to be part of Hallmark. As the Pinkstinks campaign, who took this picture, put … Continue reading

December 7, 2012 · 2 Comments