Sarah Irving

I do things with words, mainly English and Arabic

New review: Khaled Mattawa on Mahmoud Darwish

Electronic Intifada, 1st July 2014 This isn’t a biography. Although one would be fascinating, Darwish always insisted that his poetry should represent his life story. So this book doesn’t feature … Continue reading

July 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

Glasgow: action against glorification of WW1

Received by email today. There’s a news report on the action here: Dear friends and comrades, Please circulate throughout your networks. To sign on email: whitefeatherclubglasgow [at] gmail.com We the … Continue reading

June 28, 2014 · 1 Comment

Nothing more violent than silence

A couple of years ago I had the honour of being invited to speak at Manchester’s beautiful John Rylands Library (the beautiful Victorian original on Deansgate, not the concrete monstrosity … Continue reading

June 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

New review: ‘Dear Darwish’

Electronic Intifada, 23rd May 2014 And the poetry itself is often good — moving, sophisticated. If this were a review solely based on the aesthetic quality of the poetry it … Continue reading

May 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

New review: ‘It’s better to jump’

Electronic Intifada, 16th April 2014 That attachment stems from the everyday experience of growing up and living in a town — its people, its alleyways, the ways that people make … Continue reading

April 16, 2014 · 1 Comment

Janarthanan

Characteristically wise and horrible words from Ghassan Hage: You chose the wrong place to douse yourself in petrol and set yourself alight Janarthanan, Don’t even expect to make the front … Continue reading

April 11, 2014 · 1 Comment

Bruno Latour on ‘War and Peace in time of Ecological Conflicts’

One of the few upsides of being stuck in bed: the ability to watch fascinating videos, like this lecture by Bruno Latour at LSE, delivered last week. Science, climate change, … Continue reading

February 23, 2014 · 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

Injustice

Yesterday’s ‘lawful killing’ verdict on Mark Duggan, shot by police in North London, sends a clear message: that the lives of black men in Britain today are still cheap, and … Continue reading

January 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

ACAB

With the ‘lawful’ decision on the killing of Mark Duggan by London police officers, there is really little to say that Linton Kwesi Johnson doesn’t say better in License fi … Continue reading

January 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

Communique from Subcomandante Marcos: 20th Anniversary of Zapatista Armed Rebellion

The breaking of the first day of 1994 saw one of the most exciting movements of recent decades reveal itself, the EZLN (Ejercito Zapatista de Liberacion Nacional – Zapatista National … Continue reading

January 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

New review: Kite-flying film shows Gaza’s kids grow old too soon

Electronic Intifada, 10th December 2013 In July 2010, approximately 7,500 children gathered on a beach at Seifa in northern Gaza to fly kites. They were aiming to beat their own … Continue reading

December 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

Distractions and Destructions

Here, courtesy of Visualizing Palestine, is a graphic which is: a) a terrifying illustration of the way in which the Israeli government has successfully used the idea of ‘peace talks’ … Continue reading

December 4, 2013 · 1 Comment

Why I still love Bruce Springsteen

New friends and acquaintances are generally surprised to find that I am a huge and longtime fan of Bruce Springsteen. It isn’t generally seen as an obvious fit with being … Continue reading

October 26, 2013 · 2 Comments

New review: ‘In the City’ at London’s P21 Gallery

Electronic Intifada, 21st October 2013 [T]he works shown in In the City stress the interaction between cultures and between tradition and modernity. They assert that Middle Eastern and North African … Continue reading

October 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

New article: Edinburgh exhibits Nakba memorial plans

Electronic Intifada, 10th October 2013 Omar Mohammad is sensitive to the danger that to create a monument to something is to place it in the past, to declare it to … Continue reading

October 11, 2013 · Leave a comment