Sarah Irving

I do things with words, mainly English and Arabic

New article: Jordanian Environmentalists To Fight Ajloun Forest Construction

Green Prophet, 15th January 2011: Jordanian environmentalists have launched a new campaign against plans to build a military academy at Bergish, in the Ajloun Forest nature reserve in north-western Jordan. … Continue reading

January 16, 2011 · Leave a comment

John Lewis ditches settlement cosmetics

Excellent BDS news: British retailer John Lewis has announced that it will no longer be stocking Ahava Dead Sea products. For the news announcement, see the Independent Middle East Media … Continue reading

January 15, 2011 · 4 Comments

Palestine, tourism, travel guide writing

I just finished reading Do Travel Writers Go To Hell? by Thomas Kohnstamm, as loaned to me by Husband’s friend Georgia. Since I’m half way (in my dreams) through writing … Continue reading

January 14, 2011 · 1 Comment

New article: Why one should linger in Sebastia

Green Prophet, 4th Janury 2011: The little town of Sebastia, near Nablus in the northern West Bank, was one a major city. Home to successive civilisations from its Canaanite founders … Continue reading

January 4, 2011 · Leave a comment

Scrabble in Marion

It’s often easy to forget that getting ‘off the beaten track’ doesn’t always mean rushing off to distant and dangerous places. Sometimes it can mean finding the bits of superficially … Continue reading

December 29, 2010 · Leave a comment

End-of-year stocktake

Here’s my end-of-year, stock-taking kind of post. Yes I’m blogging on Christmas Day, but only because I’m online waiting for my Mum on the other side of the world to … Continue reading

December 25, 2010 · 1 Comment

New article: Sebastia's living community sidelined for ancient ruins

Electronic Intifada, 8th November 2010: “I have in my possession two leaflets about Sebastia, an outrageously pretty little West Bank village which you’d never guess was once a major city, … Continue reading

November 8, 2010 · Leave a comment

New article: Trying to watch the stars in the Palestinian desert

From Electronic Intifada, 11th October 2010: “As we pull off into the entrance signposted Wadi Qelt (with the Arabic script obscured by spray-paint), Ahmed swears ripely as we nearly hit … Continue reading

October 11, 2010 · Leave a comment

Overheard on a Nesher

Entirely inadvertently, I seem to be doing a lot of earwigging at the moment. I don’t set things up that way, but my experiences in Jerusalem so far have accidentally … Continue reading

October 3, 2010 · 1 Comment

Happiness is a good bookshop

I went to one of my favourite bookshops yesterday. I have various favourites around the world. One is the fabulous Shakespeare & Co in Paris. One was the late lamented … Continue reading

October 2, 2010 · Leave a comment

New article: Palestine's endangered vistas captured in "Masharef"

From Electronic Intifada, 20th September 2010 The Shat-ha walking group leaves Ramallah every Friday morning. The group, founded in 2006 by Dr. Saleh Abdel Jawad, a Birzeit University history and … Continue reading

September 20, 2010 · Leave a comment

New article: Seeing the land as one – Raja Shehadeh interviewed

From Electronic Intifada: Ramallah-based writer and co-founder of the Palestinian human rights organization Al-Haq, Raja Shehadeh launched his latest book, A Rift in Time, at the Edinburgh International Book Festival … Continue reading

August 28, 2010 · Leave a comment