Sarah Irving

I do things with words, mainly English and Arabic

AMEWS post-election position statement

ASSOCIATION FOR MIDDLE EAST WOMEN’S STUDIES (AMEWS) POST-ELECTION POSITION STATEMENT November 16, 2016 The Association for Middle East Women’s Studies (AMEWS), an affiliate of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), … Continue reading

November 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

Statement from the newly-banned Sudanese Writers Union

Below is the text of a public statement from the Sudanese Writers Union, dated February 1st, and commenting on its closure by the Sudanese government. As the statement mentions, it’s … Continue reading

February 2, 2015 · 1 Comment

Gulf War One and the BBC’s banned songs

As the result of a Twitter conversation with SOAS’ David Wearing which started with the 39 Steps and worked its way through the works of John Buchan, Greenmantle, BBC Radio … Continue reading

January 1, 2015 · 1 Comment

Manchester playwright finally gets right to asylum

Now this is some properly good news, as reported today in Manchester Mule: Playwright Lydia Besong and her husband Bernard Batey have won their right to asylum after a six-year … Continue reading

May 18, 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

Manchester launch for Leila Khaled bio NOT cancelled

I’ve had some overwhelmingly great support today from a wide range of people, and now have several options for making this event happen despite today’s bullying of Blackwell’s into cancellation. … Continue reading

May 14, 2012 · Leave a comment

Manchester launch for Leila Khaled biography CANCELLED

I’m very sad to say that the Manchester launch of my Leila Khaled biography, which was due to take place a week on Thursday, has been cancelled. A very shaken … Continue reading

May 14, 2012 · 3 Comments

Omar Rahman on an inspirational attempt to keep Palestinian culture alive in Jerusalem

Omar Rahman has contributed this moving feature to the 972 online magazine, covering the Al-Quds Underground Festival. This semi-clandestine array of performances and exhibitions was, say organisers, a response to … Continue reading

October 24, 2011 · Leave a comment

New article: 'In Australia, Is 'Say No To Burqas' Say No To Immigration?'

The WIP, 10th June 2011 “The women’s rights argument against the burqa, Ho claims, is “the most insidious part of the debate.” In Australia such views have been routinely put … Continue reading

June 10, 2011 · 2 Comments

Andrew Bolt, Munther Fahmi

When I mentioned in an aside the other week that husband and I had been to Melbourne’s high court to see Andrew Bolt get a hiding, I hadn’t realised what … Continue reading

April 13, 2011 · Leave a comment

My First Troll

This actually happened a couple of weeks ago, but I’ve been a bit busy lately and have only just taken the time to look properly at my first real set … Continue reading

March 10, 2011 · 3 Comments

My tuppence worth on the Wikileaks affair

It’s an interesting time to be a newbie in Australia, what with Julian Assange suddenly going from being some obscure activist geek to the best-known Aussie in the world in … Continue reading

December 16, 2010 · 3 Comments