Sarah Irving

I do things with words, mainly English and Arabic


I’ve been thinking (not necessarily by choice) more than usual about my body in recent weeks. For reasons to do with both better fitness and some bouts of illness, I’ve … Continue reading

September 2, 2012 · 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

Fadi Azzam's Sarmada reviewed

Better late than never? I wrote this review of Fadi Azzam’s Sarmada about 6 months ago, and then agonised for a while about what to do with it, to the … Continue reading

July 14, 2012 · Leave a comment

'The Source' (La source des femmes)

Saw ‘The Source’ at the Cornerhouse last night with friend Ruth. Having slept on it, I’m still not entirely sure what I think of the film. This is the official … Continue reading

May 29, 2012 · 1 Comment

The 3 Disappearances of Soad Hosni, Cornerhouse

Just returned from The Cornerhouse screening of The Three Disappearances of Soad Hosni, a film made by Lebanese director Rania Stephan, who was present for a post-screening Q&A. Soad Hosni … Continue reading

May 10, 2012 · 2 Comments

Women of the Egyptian revolution

Many thanks to my friend Kolya, who has been sending me episodes from Leil-Zahra Mortada‘s series of interviews with women involved in the Egyptian revolution. This is one of them, … Continue reading

April 23, 2012 · Leave a comment

Women's journals in 19th century Egypt

I love seeing Western stereotypes of Middle Eastern and Muslim women messed around with. Here is an excerpt from today’s piece of light reading, Beth Baron’s The Women’s Awakening in … Continue reading

December 3, 2011 · Leave a comment

Britain's new erosion of the Right to Choose

Despite the unusual spectacle of glorious weather over the bank holiday weekend, coming back to the UK has been a fairly depressing experience. My gorgeously grumpy Yorkshire grandfather used to … Continue reading

August 29, 2011 · 1 Comment

Kathleen Jamie’s ‘Among Muslims’

Over a year ago I started a blog to record a specific project – a long overland journey – which didn’t come about. As a result I’m killing the blog … Continue reading

August 18, 2011 · Leave a comment

New article: 'In Australia, Is 'Say No To Burqas' Say No To Immigration?'

The WIP, 10th June 2011 “The women’s rights argument against the burqa, Ho claims, is “the most insidious part of the debate.” In Australia such views have been routinely put … Continue reading

June 10, 2011 · 2 Comments

Gail Dines on porn

Excellent article in yesterday’s edition of The Age on the impacts of pornography. The title given to the piece – presumably by a sub – is ‘How the hardcore porn … Continue reading

May 19, 2011 · Leave a comment

The Nakba and gay rights in Palestine and Israel

I spent an interesting Nakba weekend at Temperatures Rising, a conference on Palestinian liberation organised by a collective from CJPP. One of the most fascinating workshops – and, apparently, the … Continue reading

May 17, 2011

Women and the Egyptian Revolution

This evening’s bit of leftie tourism took me to the Resistance Centre on Swanston Street, one of the network of bookshop/infocentre/meeting venues, associated with Socialist Alliance, to be found around … Continue reading

March 15, 2011 · 1 Comment

New article: New ban creates uncertainty for Palestinians working in Israeli Settlements

The WIP, 4th February 2011 The past few weeks have brought confusion and uncertainty for many of the estimated 40-50,000 West Bank Palestinians who work in illegal Israeli settlements. Are … Continue reading

February 5, 2011 · 1 Comment

Australia Day: two books by Aussie women

A few weeks ago, out on a day-trip on the Fleurieu Peninsula, as we were driving between Victor Harbor and Middleton, husband yelled ‘bookshop!’. We screeched to a halt outside … Continue reading

January 26, 2011 · 2 Comments

"I don't want kids"

A couple of days ago, one of the search engine terms that someone used to get to my website was “I don’t want kids.” I found it rather plaintive, and … Continue reading

January 24, 2011 · 18 Comments