Leilah Nadir is an Iraqi-Canadian who grew up in England and Canada with a Iraqi father and an English mother.
The Orange Trees of Baghdad: In Search of My Lost Family won the George Ryga award in 2008 and has been published in Canada, the United Kingdom, USA, Australia and New Zealand, Italy, Turkey and France. She has worked in London and Vancouver in the publishing industry. Since the invasion of Iraq, she has written and broadcast political commentaries for the CBC, The Globe and Mail and The Georgia Straight, and published a feature article in Brick magazine. Leilah also writes fiction and has written a play, Heavenly Bodies. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.