Sarah Irving

I do things with words, mainly English and Arabic

Reviewed: Palestine Youth Orchestra in Glasgow

The Electronic Intifada, 29th July 2016 The first half of the performance closed with “Metal,” a short piece by contemporary composer Graham Fitkin, a celebratory work inspired by modern British … Continue reading

October 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

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: Lital Levy’s ‘Poetic Trespass’

Electronic Intifada, 19 May 2015 Rather, Levy puts forward an analysis of the ways in which literature and language have operated in the dark corners of this power-ridden, unequal environment. … Continue reading

June 2, 2015 · 1 Comment

New review: Decolonizing Palestinian Politicial Economy, ed Turner & Shweiki

Electronic Intifada, 1 May 2015 The forceful reminder they put forward is that the habit into which many (most?) of us so easily slip in talking about Palestinians living in … Continue reading

June 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

New review: ‘Traces & Revelations’ at Durham’s Oriental Museum

Electronic Intifada, 10th April 2014 But in hosting Traces and Revelations, a viscerally exciting new show of paintings by Hazem Harb and Mohammed Joha, the Oriental Museum at the University … Continue reading

April 10, 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

‘Anna’ at the Edinburgh Fringe, Summerhall

At the end of this evening, a mild-mannered man called Keith came up to me as I was unlocking my bike from the Summerhall railings and asked me what I … Continue reading

August 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

New review: ‘A World Not Ours’

ReOrient, 5th August 2013 Bassem – or ‘Abu Iyad’, as he is so called – is Fleifel’s best friend, nicknamed after the Fatah military commander assassinated by Israeli commandos in … Continue reading

August 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

New review: ‘Points of Departure’ at the ICA

Electronic Intifada, 10th July 2013 The results are effectively six mini-exhibitions, each composed of several pieces in various media. This permits a broad exploration of questions around nationalism, identity, history … Continue reading

July 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

‘The Machine’ at Manchester International Festival

Last night, thanks to a very nice man and a rather chaotic Twitter competition, I got to see a pre-preview of The Machine, the Manchester International Festival play about Gary … Continue reading

July 10, 2013 · 2 Comments

New review: Khaled Jarrar’s ‘Infiltrators’

Electronic Intifada, 6th July 2013 “Once I fell and broke my legs,” says one of the hundreds of workers who cross Israel’s wall in the West Bank each week. “Their … Continue reading

July 6, 2013 · 1 Comment

The Sea (the film, that is…)

Went to see The Sea this evening, screening as part of the Edinburgh International Film Festival. It turned out to be the World Premiere of the movie, which meant a … Continue reading

June 23, 2013 · 1 Comment

New article: ‘I Exist’ photo exhibition reviewed

Electronic Intifada, 19th June 2013 In a very different set of images, Jerusalem-based photographer Tanya Habjouqa documents the 2009 Arab Bodybuilding Championships in Amman, Jordan: dubbed the “Gaza Martyrs Tournament” … Continue reading

June 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

New article: ‘When I Saw You’ reviewed

Electronic Intifada, 3rd June 2013 Jacir’s portrayal of daily life is full of precise details which make it a joy to watch. Copies of Mao’s Little Red Book sit in … Continue reading

June 3, 2013 · Leave a comment