Sarah Irving

I do things with words, mainly English and Arabic

Burning Books (II)

A fortnight ago today, Freedom Books, London’s anarchist bookshop, was firebombed. It’s not the first time in Freedom’s 125-year history that this has happened – in 1993 the shop was … Continue reading

February 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

Ditching Amazon

Inspired by a recent feature from my old employers, Ethical Consumer magazine, I’ve finally taken down my Amazon affiliate links from this site. I should have done it years ago, … Continue reading

November 2, 2012 · 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

New details for Manchester launch of Leila Khaled biography

So, after various to-ings and fro-ings the details for the rescheduled launch for the Leila Khaled biography have been hammered out. Manchester Digital Laboratory – better known to geeks and … Continue reading

May 16, 2012 · 1 Comment

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

‘Why Indigenous Disadvantage is so hard to overcome’

Last Thursday went to a lecture by Larissa Behrendt at the Wheeler Centre (named after Tony & Maureen of Lonely Planet fame). They have a neat ‘lunchbox’ format – half-hour … Continue reading

March 21, 2011 · Leave a comment

DIY Friday

Somewhat inadvertently, I’ve developed a new Friday evening ritual. Over the last few weeks a fluid group of activists – Palestinians, internationals and Israelis – have started tweeting live reports … Continue reading

January 21, 2011 · 2 Comments

New article: Why one should linger in Sebastia

Green Prophet, 4th Janury 2011: The little town of Sebastia, near Nablus in the northern West Bank, was one a major city. Home to successive civilisations from its Canaanite founders … Continue reading

January 4, 2011 · Leave a comment

End-of-year stocktake

Here’s my end-of-year, stock-taking kind of post. Yes I’m blogging on Christmas Day, but only because I’m online waiting for my Mum on the other side of the world to … Continue reading

December 25, 2010 · 1 Comment

When 'co-operatives' aren't so great

You could say I’ve done a lot of my growing up in the co-operative movement. I joined my first worker co-operative (Ethical Consumer magazine) at 23. I’ve worked for Manchester-based … Continue reading

December 17, 2010 · Leave a comment
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