Sarah Irving

I do things with words, mainly English and Arabic

New Review: Darwish, ‘Why Did You Leave the Horse Alone?’

Electronic Intifada, 24 April 2015 In the closing poem of the book, Darwish shapes a scenario which could be that of the West Bank in which he lived his final … Continue reading

April 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

New review: Khaled Mattawa on Mahmoud Darwish

Electronic Intifada, 1st July 2014 This isn’t a biography. Although one would be fascinating, Darwish always insisted that his poetry should represent his life story. So this book doesn’t feature … Continue reading

July 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

New review: ‘Dear Darwish’

Electronic Intifada, 23rd May 2014 And the poetry itself is often good — moving, sophisticated. If this were a review solely based on the aesthetic quality of the poetry it … Continue reading

May 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

New review: ‘In the City’ at London’s P21 Gallery

Electronic Intifada, 21st October 2013 [T]he works shown in In the City stress the interaction between cultures and between tradition and modernity. They assert that Middle Eastern and North African … Continue reading

October 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

Marcel Khalife at the Barbican

Marcel Khalife’s style of big-act, traditional Arabic music performance isn’t particularly my kind of thing, but when I saw he was performing in London I figured that he’s the kind … Continue reading

July 2, 2013 · 2 Comments

Haifa’s ‘path of poetry’

This is the second (possibly last, not sure yet) post expanding on some of the points from Khaled Furani’s Silencing the Sea which I couldn’t shoehorn into the proper review … Continue reading

January 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

New article: ‘Despite’ Palestinian art exhibition reviewed

Electronic Intifada, 2nd January 2013 Despite has been an important exhibition for many reasons. It is probably one of the largest collections of art from Gaza ever shown, at least … Continue reading

January 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

"Silence for Gaza" – Mahmoud Darwish

Gaza is far from its relatives and close to its enemies, because whenever Gaza explodes, it becomes an island and it never stops exploding. It scratched the enemy’s face, broke … Continue reading

November 16, 2012 · Leave a comment
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