Sarah Irving

I do things with words, mainly English and Arabic

New review: ‘Garden State’ at the Mosaic Rooms

Electronic Intifada, 28 May 2015 But the images also have a larger narrative; the Carmel forest — insofar as any landscape in an inhabited region is “natural” — is not … Continue reading

June 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

We’re all doomed, I tell you…

I don’t usually write things like this. In fact, I spend a lot of time telling Husband to shut up when he writes/rants on about it. I nearly throttled him … Continue reading

May 13, 2014 · 2 Comments

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

Why I’m not getting a smartphone (for as long as possible)

One of the few irritations of an absolutely amazing two years on Edinburgh University’s Arab World Studies MSc has been the background pressure to get a smartphone. Or an iPad. … Continue reading

September 3, 2013 · 8 Comments

Barbara Kingsolver at the South Bank

American novelist and biologist Barbara Kingsolver has a special place in my life, and especially in the story of my marriage, and that alone makes her dear to me. That … Continue reading

June 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

‘Grim fairy tales…’

This is grotesque but brilliant – nicked from Dwight Towers. The fairy-tale rhythmic language is note-perfect – ‘little pig, little pig, let me in… I won’t by the hair on … Continue reading

May 27, 2013 · 1 Comment

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

Challenging BP's arts sponsorship

Received a press release this morning from the ongoing – and very busy – campaign to challenge BP’s role in arts sponsorship. It’s an important campaign on an important issue, … Continue reading

June 29, 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

'Yes to climate action', Sydney, 5th June 2011

Police estimates say Sydney 8,000; Melbourne 10,000; Brisbane 2,000. Husband estimates 2,000 for Adelaide too.

June 5, 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

All for a good cause?

Over the years, my friends and I have dressed up as some pretty bizarre things – angels, nudes, corpses, squirrels, cows – to protest against or raise awareness of issues … Continue reading

April 28, 2011 · Leave a comment

Electricity prices keep rocketing – or do they?

Interesting letter from yesterday’s Sydney Morning Herald. Fuel prices are as much a hot topic in Aus as in the UK, although I guess here a certain amount goes on … Continue reading

April 28, 2011 · Leave a comment

The Hoff sez No To Nano!

Actually, I have no idea what the Baywatch Bouffant’s beliefs are on nanotechnology and its environmental impacts, but I did like this postcard picked up by Husband on a chips … Continue reading

February 2, 2011 · Leave a comment