Abeer Ameer

Abeer Ameer was born in Sunderland and grew up in Cardiff, Wales. She originally trained as a dentist in London and completed her Membership of the Royal College of Dental Surgeons in Edinburgh. She has an MSc in Conscious Sedation in Dentistry from Cardiff University, developing an interest in treatment of anxious patients and patients with special needs and her MSc dissertation investigated the potential use of mindfulness-based therapies in the management of dental anxiety.

Abeer Ameer’s poems have appeared widely in print and online journals and anthologies including Acumen, Poetry Wales, Planet, Magma, Red Poets, New Welsh Reader, Prole, The High Window, Atrium, The Rialto and Long Poem Magazine. She is a recipient of the Literature Wales Mentoring Scheme for 2020.

Her debut collection Inhale/Exile in which she shares stories of her Iraqi forebears is available to pre-order now.

She enjoys a variety of hobbies including photography, Islamic Art, drawing and painting and is interested in a wide array of subjects including spirituality and religion, Arabic language and Iraqi culture. Although she describes herself as a shy introvert, she is very sure there is a gregarious extrovert itching to get out and do stand-up comedy. She lives with her husband and two sons in Cardiff.

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Author Events

Monday 22nd February, 20:00 to 21:00

At this online event as part of the Kendal Poetry Festival, Abeer Ameer will read from her eagerly awaited first collection Inhale/Exile alongside Jen Hadfield. Abeer Ameer's debut collection Inhale/Exile explores her Iraqi heritage and the 1970’s Britain experienced by her parents. Jen Hadfield's collection The Stone Age (Picador) also explores place and what we inherit, focusing in on her Shetland home, its people and their working lives. Dove Cottage Young Poet Fleur Parkin will also perform at this event. Tickets £5. Full details can be found on kendalpoetryfestival.co.uk.