Sarah Irving

I do things with words, mainly English and Arabic

New article: review of Kuruvilla on radical Christianity in Palestine

Electronic Intifada, 28th June 2013 Looking at the personal and professional careers of Naim Ateek and Mitri Raheb, Kuruvilla then recounts the history of developments in Palestinian Christianity in recent … Continue reading

June 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Sea (the film, that is…)

Went to see The Sea this evening, screening as part of the Edinburgh International Film Festival. It turned out to be the World Premiere of the movie, which meant a … Continue reading

June 23, 2013 · 1 Comment

Khalil Hawi

Khalil Hawi, Lebanese poet 1925-82, who committed suicide in response to the Israeli invasion of his country: We are from Beirut: alas, we were born With borrowed faces and with … Continue reading

June 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

New article: ‘I Exist’ photo exhibition reviewed

Electronic Intifada, 19th June 2013 In a very different set of images, Jerusalem-based photographer Tanya Habjouqa documents the 2009 Arab Bodybuilding Championships in Amman, Jordan: dubbed the “Gaza Martyrs Tournament” … Continue reading

June 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Rosenbergs’ Last Letter

Today is 60 years since Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed by the US government. Here are actor David Strathairn and playwright Eve Ensler reading the Rosenbergs’ final letter to … Continue reading

June 19, 2013 · 1 Comment

Gazan writers denied UK entry

It can, of course, be taken as read that the UK Border Agency are utter bastards, but that doesn’t stop me getting very, very angry at individual cases. Here’s the … Continue reading

June 18, 2013 · 1 Comment

New article: Hani Zurob artist biography reviewed

Electronic Intifada, 17th June 2013 Hani was… born and raised in the Rafah refugee camp. His first public art consisted of the graffiti and political posters of the first intifada, … Continue reading

June 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

New Article: ‘The Wall’ reviewed

Electronic Intifada, 14th June 2013 The Wall also features the usual personal angst of teen novels. But again, they suggest bigger issues. Despite the aggressively masculine ideologies of the settlement … Continue reading

June 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

Crowdfunding for Timbuktu’s Manuscripts

Originally posted on Arabic Literature (in English):
It’s not as sexy as saving ancient manuscripts from Islamists, but these manuscrips need rescue from humidity and bad storage, according to Dr. Abdel…

June 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

New article: ‘When I Saw You’ reviewed

Electronic Intifada, 3rd June 2013 Jacir’s portrayal of daily life is full of precise details which make it a joy to watch. Copies of Mao’s Little Red Book sit in … Continue reading

June 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

Barbara Kingsolver at the South Bank

American novelist and biologist Barbara Kingsolver has a special place in my life, and especially in the story of my marriage, and that alone makes her dear to me. That … Continue reading

June 2, 2013 · Leave a comment