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

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

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

Overheard on a train

On the subject of holidaying in Bulgaria: “oh yes, there’s loads to do there. It’s almost like Blackpool”. Which leads me to wonder…?

April 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

'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

'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

Jamie Hewlett and Oxfam at the Contact Theatre

And so back from the ‘unveiling’ of a watercolour (to be auctioned on the 23rd) by Gorillaz artist Jamie Hewlett at the Contact Theatre. It’s one of a series of … Continue reading

September 9, 2010 · Leave a comment

New article 24.8.2010: Floods, drought and displacement hit Pakistan's women hardest

From The WIP (Women’s International Perspective): “The monsoon floods in Pakistan have killed thousands and affected an estimated twenty million people across several provinces. According to development organizations working in … Continue reading

August 26, 2010 · Leave a comment