Sarah Irving

I do things with words, mainly English and Arabic

New review: Habibi

Electronic Intifada, 29th March 2013 More than 1,000 years ago, in the middle of the Arabian peninsula, Qays ibn al-Mulawwah fell in love with Layla bint Mahdi ibn Saad. He … Continue reading

March 29, 2013 · 1 Comment

‘Perhaps This Poem Has No End’: Reel Iraq in Edinburgh

My guest blog for ArabLit on Saturday’s ‘Found in Translation’ Iraqi/Scottish poetry event at the Scottish Poetry Library: Despite Sabreen Kadhim’s absence, we did get one of her poems, “on … Continue reading

March 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

Sabreen Kadhim and the halfwits at the UK Border Agency

I’ve had occasion to get all irate and ranty about the impact of the UK Border Agency on art in this country before. Sadly, the cluelessly racist pairing of the … Continue reading

March 24, 2013 · 4 Comments

International Women’s Day

Here, to celebrate International Women’s Day, is a PFLP poster from around 1984 depicting women fighters from the Palestinian and international resistance to imperialism. According to the Palestine Poster Project, … Continue reading

March 8, 2013 · 1 Comment

International Women’s Day – Tahrir Square

A beautiful, inspiring poster from the fight against sexual violence and for women’s place in Egyptian – and all – societies:

March 5, 2013 · 2 Comments