Sarah Irving

I do things with words, mainly English and Arabic

John Glenday, Don Paterson and Isabel Rogers on editing poetry

Over on Isabel Rogers’ blog there is a lovely conversation between the wonderful poet John Glenday and poet-editor Don Paterson. (Disclaimer: I was a fan of Glenday’s writing before he … Continue reading

June 16, 2014 · 1 Comment

Palestine travel writing competition

As a result of my work on the Bradt Guide to Palestine, I’ve been privileged to be asked to judge a travel writing competition on Palestine. The competition is being … Continue reading

September 5, 2012 · Leave a comment

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

Tourism, gentrification and the planned demise of Palestinian Akka

The Guardian ran this sad piece by Harriet Sherwood yesterday, documenting the ongoing gentrification and de-Arabisation of the beautiful old city of Akka. Sherwood says: According to Arab activists in … Continue reading

June 25, 2012 · Leave a comment

Independent travel in Palestine

This month’s Wanderlust magazine features a full-length piece on independent travel in Palestine, written by Matthew Teller, author of the Rough Guide to Jordan and a seemingly unending list of … Continue reading

April 2, 2012 · 2 Comments

New article: A guide to Nablus

From Red Pepper magazine, February 2012 Leaving behind Ramallah and Bethlehem, with their expat communities and religious tour groups, what of the West Bank’s other cities? Sleepy desert Jericho? Hebron, … Continue reading

February 22, 2012 · Leave a comment

Bradt Palestine reviewed in Wanderlust

A lovely review of the Bradt Guide to Palestine appears in the February 2012 issue of Wanderlust, so many thanks to the amazing Dervla Murphy (I never thought when I … Continue reading

January 11, 2012 · Leave a comment

Bradt Guide to Palestine in GLW

The Bradt Guide to Palestine was listed as one of Green Left Weekly’s top choices for summer reading (this is an Australian publication!). Many thanks to Patrick Harrison, who recently … Continue reading

December 4, 2011 · Leave a comment

Getting around the West Bank

“Tube shmube and urban planning patooie”, says Sara, a volunteer teacher in Nablus. “There is nowhere easier to get around than the West Bank. I know – hugely unexpected and … Continue reading

December 3, 2011 · 1 Comment

Slightly more pleasant things

After that post about my most recent… well, not really a troll. More of a crypto-troll. But being subtle about it doesn’t make you any less of a malign timewaster. … Continue reading

November 29, 2011 · 1 Comment

The CAMERA never lies?

So, amongst the small slew of hate mail and spectacular volume of spam my Guardian piece on travel to Palestine has inspired, today I got this interesting little email: From: … Continue reading

November 29, 2011 · 18 Comments

New article: 10 Highlights of Palestine

Guardian Travel, 18th November 2011 Being woken at 4.30am is rarely a plus. But heard from the Cinema Jenin guesthouse in the city centre, in a cool, clear dawn, the … Continue reading

November 18, 2011 · Leave a comment

Right To Education week at Edinburgh Uni

Right To Education is a project of Bir Zeit University, just outside Ramallah in the West Bank. It: seeks to raise international awareness about the obstruction and denial of education … Continue reading

November 10, 2011 · Leave a comment

Bradt Guide to Palestine – finally out

So, I now have not only a lone advance copy of my new Bradt Guide to Palestine, but a box filled with all my author comps. It’s officially for sale … Continue reading

November 3, 2011 · Leave a comment