Sarah Irving

I do things with words, mainly English and Arabic

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 · 13 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

‘Grim fairy tales…’

This is grotesque but brilliant – nicked from Dwight Towers. The fairy-tale rhythmic language is note-perfect – ‘little pig, little pig, let me in… I won’t by the hair on … Continue reading

May 27, 2013 · 1 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

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