book tour 2011/12: uk and australia

In 2010 this blog was turned into a book, “Gaza: Beneath the Bombs”, published by Pluto Press, and the book tour which began with its publication continues, with Sharyn is currently in Australia and available for speaking events there. Sarah has recently returned to the UK and may be contacted via her own blog.

You can download a poster to print out promoting the events, with space to fill in the details of your local one, here in PDF format

Calendar of 2012 Events


Date: Sat 4th
Location: Sydney

Presented by: Politics in the Pub
Details: Sharyn will be sharing the platform with Dr. Peter Slezak, Associate Professor in History & Philosophy, UNSW and/or Ken Enderby – lecturer on the history of Israel/Palestine

Date: Wed 8th
Location: Wollongong

Venue: Smith’s Hill High School
Presented by: Students Amnesty International Group
Details: Sharyn will be guest speaker


Date: Mon ?
Location: West End, Brisbane

Venue: The Perfect Potion


Date: Wed 13th, 7pm
Location: London

Venue: Palestine Place, Gray’s Inn Road
Details: t.b.c.

Calendar of Past Events 2011


Date: Sat Jan 15 10am
Location: Leeds

Venue: Conference House, Wade Lane
Hosted by: UNISON Regional Womens Training and Policy Session
Details: Sharyn is guest speaker


Date: Sat March 18 10am-5pm
Location: London

Venue: School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), Thornhaugh St,
London WC1H 0XG (Map here)
Details: Book stall at the Celebrate Palestine Festival. See 3 day programme and the amazing artists and performers participating.
Sharyn is also speaking on the “Life in Gaza” Panel, at 3pm, at SOAS, in room B102.

Date: Mon March 21st 2-4pm
Location: Bradford

Venue: Peace Studies Department, Bradford University
Details: Sharyn is guest lecturer for the Israel/Palestine module

Date: Tues March 29th 6.30pm
Location: Melbourne

Event: Israeli Apartheid Week
Venue: 2nd floor, Union House, University of Melbourne
Details: Sarah is speaking on a BDS panel with Phil Monsour and Samah Sabawi from Australians for Palestine. With food and music afterwards…

Date: Wednesday March 30th, 1pm
Location: Melbourne

Venue: Melbourne University, Student Union Building 2nd Floor. Details on this Facebook page.
Details: Melbourne Israeli Apartheid Week event: Forum with Melbourne University lecturer Yassi Morsi


Date: April 26th
Location: Sydney

Venue: Glee Books, 49 Glebe Point Road, Sydney NSW
Details: Gaza BTB’s Sarah Irving ‘in conversation’ with Antony Loewenstein, independent journalist and author. Tickets will be on sale from the Glee Books shop and website from mid-March. In association with Coalition for Justice & Peace in Palestine.


Wednesday 11th May, 7pm
Hunter Community Environment Centre, 169 Parry St, Hamilton East 2303, Newcastle NSW, Australia. Sarah only. Readings and food. See here for updates.

Date: Thurs 12
Location:Birmgham University

Details: Sharyn will be sharing the platform with Smash EDO activists, talking about their response to Operation Cast Lead and the victory of the EDO court case

Date: Fri 13 7pm
Location: Exeter

Details: Sharyn will be speaking as part of the local Nakba events

Date: Tues 17
Location: Melbourne

Venue: Readings bookshop, Melbourne. Sarah in conversation with Professor Raimond Gaita. 6.30pm, Readings St Kilda, 112 Acland St, St Kilda, Victoria, 3182. Free.


Kathy Kelly

Date: November 4th 9.30am – 5pm
Location: Bungendore, New South Wales

Event: Conversations on War: a one day workship with Kathy Kelly
Hosted by: Silver Wattle Quaker Centre
Details: A day-workshop on the uses and effects of public media/social media/new media in militarised conflicts. What are effective media strategies for building peace? What are the emerging issues? Sharyn has been asked to join the discussion panel.
More info and booking here.

Date: 6.30pm, Nov 29
Location: Sydney

Venue: Contact APPA for details
Presented by: The Australian Palestinian Professionals Association
Details: Dinner for the UN International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People – In the presence of H.E. the Palestinian Ambassador Izzat Abdulhadi, with guest speakers Sylvia Hale and Vivienne Porzsolt talking about their experiences on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla 2 in July 2011. Michael Coleman will speak about his experience with Freedom Waves and Sharyn Lock will speak on behalf of the Defend the Rescuers banner.

Calendar of Past Events 2010


Date: Monday 11th January 6.30-8.30pm
Location: Manchester

Presented by Manchester Muslim Writers, Shakespeare House, 165 Kingsbrook Road, Whalley Range, Manchester M16 8NR. All welcome, although the event will be tailored to an audience of writers.

Date: Thursday 14th, 7-9pm
Location: Manchester

Presented by: Manchester Palestine Solidarity Campaign.
Venue: Cross Street Chapel
Featuring: clips from “Erased:Wiped off the Map”, film made during the Gaza attacks by Gaza local Mohammed and Alberto from our ISM group

Date: Sat 23, 4.30pm rd

Venue:The Book Hive,53 London street,Norwich.
Featuring: readings by me and Ian Gibson (former MP and long time supporter of Palestine).Refreshments provided by a local Muslim womens group.

Date: Sat 23, 10.30am-5.30pm
Location: Manchester
Stall at Climate & Capitalism day school, John Dalton Building, MMU, Oxford Road.

Date: Friday 29th
Location: Manchester

Venue: greenroom
Featuring: Single Cell Bands. You can read an interview and listen to some tracks by single cell bands at Hey! Manchester. More event details here. Sir Gerald Kaufman MP will also be saying a few words about the delegation of European parliamentarians which he led, returning from Gaza last week.

Also featuring a fundraising raffle to raise money for Defend the Rescuers, a new campaign to support emergency workers in Gaza. Prizes will include: a copy of the book;  a piece of original artwork by Jane Lawson, based on Sharyn’s blogs; goodies (made with Fairtrade Palestinian olive oil) from The Visionary Soap Company; a fairly traded Palestinian gift item from Olive Co-operative

Date: Saturday 30th 5pm
Location: Manchester

Presented by: The Zanfha Initiative
Venue: Zion Arts Centre
Featuring: We’re joining in (between 5 and 7pm) with the Initiative’s Palestine Film Event. The event will celebrate the anniversary of Zanfha Initiative and a culmination of a year of fundraising for the childcare centre in Gaza. It will be a one day event with films shown by prominent Palestinian film directors, photo exhibition, crafts stalls of merchandise from Palestine, food of the region. Photo exhibition and short films by UNRWA will also be prominent at the event, and To Shoot An Elephant will be screened. Olive Co-op and Hadeel will be selling Palestinian goods too. Tickets must be booked in advance…

Download the event poster here.


Date: Tue 2nd
Location: Wellington, New Zealand
Venue: Thistle Hall,on the corner of Cuba and Arthur streets.
Featuring: The New Zealand launch of Gaza Beneath the Bombs and the exhibition opening of “Occupation and Resistance”For more info: Hear Israeli peace activist Kerem speaking about the event on Radio Access Wellington Jan 27

Date: Sat 6th 9pm
Location: Hebden Bridge

Venue: Trades Club
Featuring: Palestinian food, Readings, DJing by Madame Muffin, specially out of retirement for this event, and a small Silent Auction (Post a comment below if you want to donate an item worth a minimum of £5.)

Date: Thurs 11th, 8pm
Location: Bradford

Presented by: The 1 in 12 Club click here for map
Venue: The club’s library
Featuring: cake and snacks!
Entry: by donation, proceeds to ISM and Defend the Rescuers
PS: The 1 in 12 are also showing Gaza film “To shoot an elephant” as part of its global screening day on January 18

Date: Feb 20 7.30pm
Location: Penrith

Venue: Bluebell Bookshop
Featuring: the famous Bluebell cafe food!

Date: Sat 27th, 5-7pm
Location: Bristol
Venue: Easton Community Centre
Featuring: Talk will be followed by a gig at The Plough across the road.


Date: Sat March 6, 7pm
Location: Lancaster University, Chaplaincy Centre Lounge
Featuring: A talk from someone who went to Gaza for the peace march in December 2009, Fairtrade tea/coffee and other refreshments and live music to follow in one of the college bars.

Date: Wed March 17
Location: Leeds

Venue: Waterstone’s Bookshop, Map here
Featuring: Drinks and snacks!
Presented by: Leeds Palestine Solidarity Campaign who have posted a writeup of the event here.

Date: Monday 22nd March
Location: Aberdeen University

6pm, New Kings 10. Event details here.
(Sarah Irving only)

Date: Wednesday March 24th
Location: Keele University

Chancellors Building
Room CBA0.061
4-5.30 pm.
(Sharyn Lock, Sarah Irving)

Date: Saturday March 27th
Location: Chorlton Big Green Festival, St Clements Church, Chorlton, Manchester

Book stall 11am –
(Sarah Irving only)

Date: Sat 27, 5pm to 7pm
Location: Nelson, Lancashire

Venue: The Ace Centre.
Presented by: Lancashire Muslim Writers


Date: April 16-18
Location: Bangor

Presented by: From Bangor to Bethlehem: International Festival for Palestine
Details: I’ll be on panel discussing “Life in Gaza”, on the Saturday at 1.30pm – and possibly having a reading/chat sort of thing on the Sunday morning.

Date: April 20
Location: London

Event: Comedy, Music and Magic for Palestine: featuring Ivor Dembina, Jeremy Hardy, Ian Saville, and Maureen Younger.
Details: Sarah and Sharyn can’t be there, but copies of Gaza:Beneath the Bombs will be on sale!
Venue: The Dogstar, 398 ColdHarbour Lane

Date: Sun 25th 2-4pm
Location: Leicester

Presented by: Friends of Al Aqsa
101c Gwendolen Road. Time tbc.

(no further availability in April due to other committments, sorry – but Ramzy Baroud is touring with his book My Father Was A Freedom Fighter so you could try him instead!)


Date: May 7, 7.30pm
Location: Hebden Bridge

Venue: Hebden Bridge Library
Featuring: Wine and snacks! More details here…

Date: May 12, 8.30am
Location: Manchester

Venue: Whalley Range High School
Featuring: In conjunction with a speaker from the Mobile International Surgical Team about their Gaza work

Date: May 22, 2-4pm
Location: Brighton

Venue: The Cowley Club in the Cafe/Bookshop

Date: May 26, 6.30-9.30pm
Location: London

Venue: Goldsmiths University Student Union
Details: see the poster above, which you can hopefully download, print or email if you like.

Please note: I’m now going to decrease my events for summer while I focus on exams, assignments, and a break, but I will still be continuing them so please contact me if you’d like me to be somewhere.


(not available July 9-19 due to other committments)

Date: Thursday July 15, 2.30-4pm
Location: Iona Island

Venue: The Iona Community
Presented by: The Iona Community Shop


Date: August 13, 7pm
Details: Radio interview with Sharyn and Sarah
Presented by: Radio Ramadan Edinburgh

Date: August 14, 12.30
Location: Edinburgh

Venue: Edinburgh International Book Festival – Peppers Theatre, Charlotte Square £10/£8. Tickets on sale from 26th June.

Unavailable rest of August


Unavailable Sept 3-5


Unavailable Oct 1-3, 8-10, 16

Date: Sun Oct 17
Location: Sheffield

Details: Speaking at the Fire Brigades Union School

Date: Sat Oct 23 10-4
Location: London

Venue: Queen Mary’s, University of London, Mile End Road – map here
Presented by: Anarchist Book Fair
Details: I’ll be sharing someone’s stall with my books – see if you can find me.

Date: Sat Oct 30 4pm
Location: Hebden Bridge

Venue: Little Theatre
Presented by: Hebden Bridge Bookshop Literary Festival


Date: Sat Nov 6
Location: London

Venue: details t.b.c
Presented by: Campaign Against the Arms Trade National Gathering

Date: Wed Nov 10
Location: Sheffield

Details: Speaking at the Fire Brigades Union School

Date: Thurs Nov 11, 7.30pm
Location: Leeds

Venue: t.b.c. as part of Leeds Film Festival
Presented by: Leeds Palestine Solidarity Campaign

Date: Sat Nov 13 – 7pm doors open
Location: Bristol

Venue: Easton Community Centre
Featuring: “Erased:Wiped off the Map”, film made during the Gaza attacks by Gaza local Mohammed and Alberto from our ISM group

Date: Sat Nov 20
Location: Swansea

‘Ground Truth: Eyewitness Accounts from Palestine/Israel’
Day Venue: Timetable with links and locations here and Facebook page here
Witnesses from Israel, Palestine and the UK bring us some perspectives
on the conflict, its effect and what we can do to support a just peace. Timetable with links and locations here.

Evening Venue: Linden Christian Centre, West Cross, Swansea – £4 donation
entry including a glass of wine/juice
6.30 pm Performance of Palestine Monologues (Ice and Fire)
7.45 pm Ahmed Masoud and Justin Butcher, co-writers and directors of
‘Go to Gaza, Drink the Sea’; talk or Q&A on theatre and Israel/


Date: Wed Dec 1, 6.30pm
Location: London

Event: Professor Richard Falk, Special Rapporteur for the UN on the Occupied Territories (who wrote the afterword to my book!) will be giving a lecture, chaired by Michael Mansfield QC. I’ll be having a bookstall there. Registration essential.
Venue: University of London, Senate House, Mallet Street
Presented by: Middle East Monitor

Date: Sat Dec 18 8pm
Location: Manchester

Venue: The Okasional Cafe – it’s back!
7pm – big vegan meal, by donation
8pm – showing of award-winning film Sling Shot Hip Hop

Calendar of Past Events 2009

I hope particularly to inspire people in the UK to be part of the new campaigns to protect farmers, fishermen, and emergency workers, so if you have links with organisations that could actively support and defend these Gaza folks I would like to prioritise them.

It helps if you can provide a venue, promotion in advance, a projector and laptop that definitely work when put together (I’ll bring a USB stick), a floor for me to sleep on, and something towards travel if possible, but I don’t want lack of any of those things to stop me getting to you, so we’ll figure it out together if need be.


June 9: meeting with Liverpool medics re Gaza solidarity possibilities
June 15: meeting with Omega Research Foundation re Israeli weapons used on Gaza
June 18: meeting with MP Oliver Letwin re Gaza, London (thanks Buckland family)
July 9: speaking at York Palestine Solidarity Campaign‘s AGM
July 12: friend’s baby due, would like to keep a week either side of this fairly clear
July 14: speaking at the GMB Union‘s National Ambulance Committee conference
July 18: speaking at Palestine benefit at Trades Club, Hebden Bridge, Lead band is Fat Rascals with Ed Tranc
July 30: speaking at Friends Meeting House in Norwich for Norwich Stop the War and Norwich PSC
3-15 August: not available
19-24 August: maybe speaking at Earth First! Summer Gathering (up north somewhere), but not confirmed
30 August: Rebel Soul Tent at Shambala Festival, Northamptonshire, 8pm

9 Responses to book tour 2011/12: uk and australia

  1. Lisa Rennie says:

    Hi – when will you be in Brisbane?

    • talestotell says:

      hey Lisa – don’t know if you got my direct email – aint going to be in Brisbane as I’m avoiding flying (and I’m studying) but friends are going to put something on there… hope you are well!

  2. Rachel McCarthy says:


    I’m a student at Lancaster University, and we will soon be planning events for One World Week (7th-13th March), which involves many different people and societies across campus, and celebrates the themes of justice and peace. I was wondering if you would be interested in giving a talk on your book at Lancaster University? It would be fascinating to hear about your experiences!

    Thanks very much,

    Rachel McCarthy.

  3. Cowleybooks says:

    Hi Sharyn,

    We would love to host you for a talk at the Cowley Club in Brighton, We are an anarchist social centre with strong links to local groups involved with Gaza solidarity. We also have a radical bookshop with about 400 titles. Perhaps you could come talk when you are already down this way? We are grassroots and volunteer-run so we are unable to pay a fee, but we can provide food and accommodation in a local housing co-op.

    Hope to hear from you and good luck with the tour!

  4. Judith says:

    Do you know yet when you are coming to Cambridge? I would love to meet you as a fellow midwifery student!

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