Sarah Irving

I do things with words, mainly English and Arabic

Farewell to a Painting

It was a genuine wrench to walk away from True Belief Belongs to the Realm of Real Knowledge, a huge, sublime wall-painting by Idris Khan. The Whitworth Gallery exhibition of … Continue reading

March 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Show me the Money

There are few better ways to actually propel me to an exhibition than to send out ‘last day’ notifications. Hence pottering down to the People’s History Museum in Manchester with … Continue reading

January 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Translation as Solidarity: The Book of Gaza

Originally posted on The Comma Press Blog:
GUEST BLOG – Sarah Irving, translator for The Book of Gaza,  has written a post on translation, the current situation in Gaza and her…

June 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

New review: Lanterns of the King of Galilee by Ibrahim Nasrallah

Electronic Intifada, 11th February 2015 Daher al-Umar, born around 1690 near Tiberias in the Galilee, was the son of a multazim or tax-gatherer for the Ottoman Empire. His family had … Continue reading

February 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Nick Hildyard on research – good or bad?

Manchester Climate Monthly has just published this video of an extended interview with Nick Hildyard of the Corner House, talking about research – its ethics, its dangers and benefits, and … Continue reading

February 22, 2014 · 1 Comment

Maxine Peake performs the Masque of Anarchy

This year’s Manchester International Festival feels somehow genuinely exciting and energising, full of interesting ideas about how art (in its broadest definition) can be challenging and innovative, but also approachable … Continue reading

July 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

‘The Machine’ at Manchester International Festival

Last night, thanks to a very nice man and a rather chaotic Twitter competition, I got to see a pre-preview of The Machine, the Manchester International Festival play about Gary … Continue reading

July 10, 2013 · 2 Comments

Manchester/climate change short story competition

Manchester Climate Monthly is running a short story competition on the theme of “Manchester in a warmer world” (that’s Manchester, Britain, not some American interloper). You don’t have to live … Continue reading

May 10, 2013 · 3 Comments

Forensics, denial, Rios Montt, Green Lines and ratshit

Last Monday I had the privilege of seeing Eyal Weizman deliver the 2013 Tom Hurndall Memorial Lecture at Manchester Metropolitan University. Tom, in case you don’t know, was a young … Continue reading

April 27, 2013 · 1 Comment

Segovia at the Alhambra/clearing out Thatcher

Being back in Manchester for a spell, I’ve sadly fallen straight back into my habit of flicking Radio 4 news on on my way to the kettle first thing. This … Continue reading

April 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

Eyal Weizman in Manchester

This is one to look forward to… Eyal Weizman, author of Hollow Land, Mengele’s Skull, A Civilian Occupation and many other interesting, thoughtful, challenging books, will be delivering the 2013 … Continue reading

April 6, 2013 · 2 Comments

UHC’s Tin Town

There are various small but perfectly formed exhibitions strewn along Deansgate at the moment. I’ll be blogging Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here at John Rylands for ArabLit, but further towards Castlefield, … Continue reading

February 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

Call for stories: Iraq in the future

Via Arablit, here’s a call from Manchester’s Comma Press for short stories by Iraqi writers imagining what the country will look like in 2103. The deadline is 1st June 2013 … Continue reading

February 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

Burning books [1]

The ‘Inventory of Al-Mutanabbi Street’ commemorates the bombing in 2007 of the famous booksellers’ street of Baghdad. Thirty people were killed, a hundred injured, and hundreds if not thousands of … Continue reading

February 4, 2013 · Leave a comment