Lur is an Iraqi writer whose work focuses on migrant memoir and transcultural storytelling, or fancy terms for her childhood memories in Baghdad. She mentors new writers at the University of Adelaide, where she achieved First Class Honours in Creative Writing. She spends her weekends teaching baristas, friends and family how to pronounce her name.
Favourite art movements: Pop Art
Favourite films: Hearts in Atlantis by Scott Hicks, Monsieur Ibrahim et les Fleurs du Coran by François Dupeyron, Caramel by Nadine Labaki.
Favourite musicians: Fairooz, Kendrick Lamar, Lupe Fiasco.
Favourite novels: My Father’s Rifle by Hiner Saleem, Midaq Alley by Naguib Mahfouz, Men in the Sun by Ghassan Kanafani.
Favourite food: Kleicha. It’s a traditional Iraqi biscuit stuffed with dates, walnuts or coconut. It reminds me of home where we used to have it for Eid, Christmas and birthdays.