Sarah Irving

I do things with words, mainly English and Arabic

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

Elizabeth Jennings/The Unknown Child

This poem is an old favourite, one I have kept coming back to over the years, both for its meaning and its wonderfully calm and un-ostentatious mastery of language. The … Continue reading

April 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

On being childfree – and broody

I am positively childfree. I am also, at this moment in time, hideously broody. As I wend my way through my late 30s and my ovaries realise that they aren’t … Continue reading

April 5, 2013 · 5 Comments

Andrew Bolt, Munther Fahmi

When I mentioned in an aside the other week that husband and I had been to Melbourne’s high court to see Andrew Bolt get a hiding, I hadn’t realised what … Continue reading

April 13, 2011 · Leave a 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

Being Childfree in Australian politics

A couple of weeks ago some woman from America got all whingey with me on Twitter for using the word ‘childfree’. Apparently it’s not nice to use the word childfree, … Continue reading

February 8, 2011 · 4 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

People who don't want kids are selfish, Oh Yes

Oh yes. Obviously. We are unnatural and strange human beings who must be motivated by self-centredness, immaturity and self-absorption. We cannot possibly have made considered decisions about the welfare of … Continue reading

January 16, 2011 · 5 Comments

'Cool! Andrew Bolt has slagged you off before you even get to Australia!'

…Sez husband, as we box up the contents of the house in preparation for a year Down Under… I wouldn’t have known Andrew Bolt from a hole in the ground … Continue reading

September 17, 2010 · 3 Comments