Sarah Irving

I do things with words, mainly English and Arabic

Review: Sandy Tolan’s ‘Children of the Stone’

Electronic Intifada, 14th August 2015 To be completely honest, I was expecting this book to be pretty bad. And I have to admit that my preconceptions were comprehensively challenged. As … Continue reading

September 10, 2015 · 1 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

Israel and the rights of the child

My Mum (an amazing woman, btw – Hi Mum!) shared this. I have nothing to add, really: Guardian, 20th November Israel to stop issuing birth certificates to babies born to … Continue reading

November 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Rosenbergs’ Last Letter

Today is 60 years since Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed by the US government. Here are actor David Strathairn and playwright Eve Ensler reading the Rosenbergs’ final letter to … Continue reading

June 19, 2013 · 1 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

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

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