Sarah Irving

I do things with words, mainly English and Arabic

New review: On the Bride’s Side

Electronic Intifada, 7th April 2016 Tasnim, a Palestinian with German citizenship who had left Syria only a few months earlier and whose parents and grandparents were still in the Yarmouk … Continue reading

April 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

New review: ‘Curse of the Achille Lauro’

Electronic Intifada, 26th August 2015 In 1985 four Palestinian commandos booked passage on an Italian cruise liner, the Achille Lauro. According to their plan, they should have remained undercover, acting … Continue reading

September 10, 2015 · 4 Comments

The Seaside

A while ago, I wrote this short story – my first in years, if not decades. And then a few months ago, I sent it in to a writing website’s … Continue reading

June 2, 2015 · 2 Comments


Characteristically wise and horrible words from Ghassan Hage: You chose the wrong place to douse yourself in petrol and set yourself alight Janarthanan, Don’t even expect to make the front … Continue reading

April 11, 2014 · 1 Comment

New article: Edinburgh exhibits Nakba memorial plans

Electronic Intifada, 10th October 2013 Omar Mohammad is sensitive to the danger that to create a monument to something is to place it in the past, to declare it to … Continue reading

October 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

Academic privilege

From Wedded to the Land: Gender, Boundaries and Nationalism in Crisis, by Mary Layoun (Duke University Press, 2001), page 7, talking about the author’s relationships with Greek and Lebanese refugee … Continue reading

April 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

Highlighting women asylum seekers

Friday week, my friend Hannah and a colleague from WAST (Women Asylum Seekers Together, a brilliant group in Manchester) will be cycling from Dallas Court, the scene of so many … Continue reading

July 20, 2012 · Leave a comment

Manchester playwright finally gets right to asylum

Now this is some properly good news, as reported today in Manchester Mule: Playwright Lydia Besong and her husband Bernard Batey have won their right to asylum after a six-year … Continue reading

May 18, 2012 · Leave a comment

UK Immigration vs art, sanity (again)

Disappointed to receive this message this morning, from the wonderful ‘ud player Khyam Allami: Due to some very unfortunate circumstances beyond our control, we’ve had to start the Double Duo … Continue reading

April 13, 2012 · 1 Comment

Nahr el-Bared refugee camp: The Incredible Juicer

There’s little to be amused by in the bloody destruction by the Lebanese army of Nahr el-Bared refugee camp during a three-month siege in 2007. But this tiny film is … Continue reading

November 19, 2011 · Leave a comment

Research remnants – a few articles

With the research for the new Bradt Guide to Palestine done and dusted, there are a few articles which I came across doing background research that I found especially interesting, … Continue reading

March 31, 2011 · Leave a comment