Paman Steer

Paman is an Oxfordshire-based writer and poet of Kurdish origin. She wrote her first novel and poetry manuscripts aged 24. She worked as an electronics design engineer, before changing career to become a counsellor and Psychotherapist within the NHS and private practice.

Returning to writing full-time in 2016, she completed a number of courses in creative writing and screenwriting. One of her poems was selected and published in the Anthology of Poets,"Voices in the Wind". A piece of her work has recently been long-listed for Aurora Prize for Writing 2021 (shortlists awaiting announcement). She is a student on the Diploma in Creative Writing at Oxford university.

She often writes about characters who infiltrate and overwhelm the reader, dragging them into their world as they navigate life, sometimes extreme events. The reader accompanies the characters on their journeys, feels what they're experiencing, witnesses them rise from the ashes transformed, strengthened by life's adversities.

She enjoys reading, cooking, painting, flamenco dancing and walking with friends through woodland along the river Thames. 

Her manuscript submission, "The Dismantler of Men's Creations," is inspired by her childhood experiences of war and her sister's graphic account of her traumatic experiences of fleeing Saddam Hussein's army artillery during the 1991 mass exodus of the Kurdish population.The violence in the first two chapters is deliberate to set the context for the protagonist's life mission of eradicating violence and dismantling patriarchy.

The second submission is a screenplay. A paranormal and psychological thriller. An intertwining tale with an eerie plot twist climax. It shows the intolerance and injustices of racial segregation in Alabama. It explores grief and, ultimately, the phenomenal power of love that transcends all barriers.