Sarah Irving

I do things with words, mainly English and Arabic

Hassan Blasim: I'm not interested in 'preserving the beauty of the Arabic language'

Here is my guest blog post for ArabLit about the Newcastle launch of Hassan Blasim’s latest collection of short stories, The Iraqi Christ. Despite a notable absence of the actual … Continue reading

December 12, 2012 · 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

Highlighting women asylum seekers

Friday week, my friend Hannah and a colleague from WAST (Women Asylum Seekers Together, a brilliant group in Manchester) will be cycling from Dallas Court, the scene of so many … Continue reading

July 20, 2012 · Leave a comment

The Left and the Egyptian revolution

There are, obviously, huge issues around the results of the Egyptian presidential elections and SCAF’s attempts to engineer constitutional change to tighten its grip behind the scenes. But from my … Continue reading

June 19, 2012 · Leave a comment

'The Source' (La source des femmes)

Saw ‘The Source’ at the Cornerhouse last night with friend Ruth. Having slept on it, I’m still not entirely sure what I think of the film. This is the official … Continue reading

May 29, 2012 · 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

New article: 'Subversion' Arabic art exhibition reviewed

Electronic Intifada, 13th May 2012 The final Palestinian contribution is “Gazawood,” by twin al-Aqsa University students known as Tarzan and Arab. In a mocked-up cinema — by the look of … Continue reading

May 13, 2012 · 1 Comment

Leila Khaled biography – London book launch

It’s looking like I’ll be finding the time to do at least two book launch events for my forthcoming Leila Khaled biography in the UK, one in Manchester – details … Continue reading

April 22, 2012 · Leave a comment

Moss Side open day photos

For various reasons I’ve been distinctly ambivalent about returning home to Manchester in the coming weeks. But this set of wonderful images from Hannah Beatrice, reporting the ‘Open Yardens‘ event … Continue reading

August 19, 2011 · 1 Comment

Consultants, advisors and experts, Oh My!

I spent this morning putting up a new gallery on my home Tenants & Residents Association website, showing the progress of a small piece of local wasteground from a dogshit-smeared … Continue reading

May 27, 2011 · Leave a comment

Trafford Centre greenwash

I was recently sent the event advertisement below with the request that it be publicised via a community group website I run. However, as it’s such a shameless attempt at … Continue reading

May 23, 2011 · 2 Comments

'Swishing' and stitching

A while ago, I wrote about the commercialisation and appropriation of clothes swaps parties, from homegrown opportunities for women to get together and use non-commercial ways to renew their wardrobes … Continue reading

November 4, 2010 · Leave a comment

Trio Joubran at Band on the Wall

It’s a small comment on the general wrongness of things when Trio Joubran’s long-awaited appearance in Manchester is a night at Band On The Wall, rather than, say, a packed … Continue reading

September 24, 2010 · 1 Comment