Sarah Irving

I do things with words, mainly English and Arabic

Leila Khaled biography – on Pluto's website

I noticed today that my Leila Khaled biography is now available for pre-order from Pluto Books’ own website. It’s not actually out until May this year, but at least it … Continue reading

January 8, 2012 · Leave a comment

New article: Randa Abdel-Fattah interviewed

Electronic Intifada, 4th May 2011 Randa Abdel-Fattah is the author of five novels for young adults and children. Born in Melbourne and now living in Sydney, she is also a … Continue reading

May 5, 2011 · Leave a comment

Bookshops, Palestine 'solidarity', Andrew Bolt in court

Being petty bourgeois liberals, husband and I went to a discussion about the future of bookshops at the Wheeler Centre this evening. It probably didn’t tell me much I didn’t … Continue reading

March 30, 2011 · Leave a comment

Gaza: Beneath the Bombs – Australia events

The Gaza: Beneath the Bombs event at Glee Books in Sydney is now up on their website and tickets are on sale. Details and online purchases here. I’ll also be … Continue reading

March 22, 2011 · 1 Comment

Books for the child-free

I promised this ages ago. It’s a response to some of the comments and emails I got from child-free women who obviously felt alone and isolated, or who had simply … Continue reading

March 15, 2011 · 3 Comments

International Women's Day: 'Women in Print' at Readings

So, the draft Bradt Guide is done, we are in Melbourne, and we have somewhere to live for the next month (fingers crossed. We move in tomorrow. Please please please … Continue reading

March 8, 2011 · 1 Comment

Australia Day: two books by Aussie women

A few weeks ago, out on a day-trip on the Fleurieu Peninsula, as we were driving between Victor Harbor and Middleton, husband yelled ‘bookshop!’. We screeched to a halt outside … Continue reading

January 26, 2011 · 2 Comments

"I don't want kids"

A couple of days ago, one of the search engine terms that someone used to get to my website was “I don’t want kids.” I found it rather plaintive, and … Continue reading

January 24, 2011 · 18 Comments

DIY Friday

Somewhat inadvertently, I’ve developed a new Friday evening ritual. Over the last few weeks a fluid group of activists – Palestinians, internationals and Israelis – have started tweeting live reports … Continue reading

January 21, 2011 · 2 Comments

Palestine, tourism, travel guide writing

I just finished reading Do Travel Writers Go To Hell? by Thomas Kohnstamm, as loaned to me by Husband’s friend Georgia. Since I’m half way (in my dreams) through writing … Continue reading

January 14, 2011 · 1 Comment

End-of-year stocktake

Here’s my end-of-year, stock-taking kind of post. Yes I’m blogging on Christmas Day, but only because I’m online waiting for my Mum on the other side of the world to … Continue reading

December 25, 2010 · 1 Comment

Richard Falk on eyewitness accounts of Palestine

December 21st seems to have been Gaza: Beneath the Bombs‘ lucky day. Nearly a year after it was published it’s easy to feel that all the fuss that has been … Continue reading

December 23, 2010 · Leave a comment

Gaza: Beneath the Bombs – a 'page-turner of the year'

Bless Google Alerts. This morning I found that Ian Sinclair has chosen Gaza: Beneath the Bombs as one of his ‘page-turners of the year’ in the Morning Star, saying that: … Continue reading

December 22, 2010 · Leave a comment

New article: How Europe aids the Occupation – David Cronin interviewed

Electronic Intifada, 20th December 2010 In his new book Europe’s Alliance with Israel: Aiding the Occupation, journalist David Cronin traces the intricacies of the relationship between the State of Israel … Continue reading

December 20, 2010 · 3 Comments

Happiness is a good bookshop

I went to one of my favourite bookshops yesterday. I have various favourites around the world. One is the fabulous Shakespeare & Co in Paris. One was the late lamented … Continue reading

October 2, 2010 · Leave a comment

New article: review of Matthew Carr's 'Blood And Faith: the purging of Muslim Spain 1492-1614'

From Friends of Al-Aqsa journal: The ‘golden age’ that was al-Andalus, medieval Andalucia, has become a byword for cultural and intellectual flowering in an environment of religious and ethnic tolerance. … Continue reading

September 12, 2010 · 1 Comment