Sarah Irving

I do things with words, mainly English and Arabic

New article: Marilyn Booth interviewed

One of the most exciting things about being based at Edinburgh University’s Dept of Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies for the past two years has been people who make up … Continue reading

May 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

‘Perhaps This Poem Has No End’: Reel Iraq in Edinburgh

My guest blog for ArabLit on Saturday’s ‘Found in Translation’ Iraqi/Scottish poetry event at the Scottish Poetry Library: Despite Sabreen Kadhim’s absence, we did get one of her poems, “on … Continue reading

March 25, 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

New article: Syria Speaks

This extended blog post on ArabLit includes reports and impressions on the Syria Speaks event at the South Bank Centre earlier this week from Nadia Ghanem and myself. The event … Continue reading

February 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

New article: Nihad Sirees’ The Silence and the Roar reviewed

ArabLit, 31st January 2013 Sirees’ novel depicts one day in the life of a writer in an unnamed city, in a country ruled by a dictator known only as The … Continue reading

January 31, 2013 · 1 Comment

New article: Hassan Blasim’s ‘The Iraqi Christ’ reviewed

ArabLit, 4th January 2013 “It is possible to whistle through these stories, enjoying their dry wit, breakneck pace and wildly careening references as they veer from 1001 Nights to Real … Continue reading

January 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

Arabic-English/English-Arabic poetry book

Reproduced below is a guest post I did for the Arabic Literature (in English) blog on a bilingual poetry book by two Scottish poets – one living in Edinburgh and … Continue reading

December 7, 2012 · Leave a comment

Adania Shibli's 'Touch' reviewed: guest blog for Arablit

ArabLit, 20th August 2012 This is a startlingly real portrait of the world from a young child’s perspective, laden with colours, textures, sensations and occasional bemusement, and it is a … Continue reading

August 20, 2012 · Leave a comment

Adventures in co-translation: guest blog for ArabLit

Arablit, 14th August 2012 So what have been the pros and cons of this style of working? I’ll start off by giving some of Yousef’s responses to that question. “Firstly, … Continue reading

August 14, 2012 · Leave a comment

Egypt: riots, poets, crap media

I made the mistake of watching the tea-time news with the in-laws today. It was on Australia’s Channel 9, which is Murdoch-owned, but I didn’t know that at the time … Continue reading

January 31, 2011 · 1 Comment
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