Sarah Irving

I do things with words, mainly English and Arabic

New Review: Gilgamesh’s Snake and Other Poems

The Bottle Imp, 16th June 2016 Ghareeb Iskander’s own transformation of the Gilgamesh epic into a modern poem draws the original’s grandeur down to the personal scale, without rendering it … Continue reading

June 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

Annie Laurie and Victorian sentimentality

My paternal grandfather, Tom Irving, was born on a small farm outside Maxwelltown in Kirkcudbrightshire in South-West Scotland. Maxwelltown is probably best known for being mentioned in the first line … Continue reading

May 30, 2013 · 1 Comment

New article: Palestinian-Scottish bilingual poetry collection

Electronic Intifada, 1st May 2013 In 2003, Iyad Hayatleh and Tessa Ransford met during a project to introduce Scottish and refugee poets to one another. Hayatleh is a Palestinian “double … Continue reading

May 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

“The sign of a civilisation in collapse”…

… is what husband called this deep-fried Mars bar: Then he ate half of it, and was converted. Deep-frying is now a Sign of Progress.

January 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

Arabic-English/English-Arabic poetry book

Reproduced below is a guest post I did for the Arabic Literature (in English) blog on a bilingual poetry book by two Scottish poets – one living in Edinburgh and … Continue reading

December 7, 2012 · Leave a comment