About me

IMG_0613I’m a poet and creative educator. I believe in the power of words and in sharing that power with others.

I have a background in teaching and have taught in a wide spectrum of settings, from hidden gem community centres to bursting-at-the-seams secondary schools.

My interest in language and culture led me to study literature, linguistics and sociology at undergraduate level, as well as creative writing, and I have an MA in Writing Poetry from The Poetry School/Newcastle University.

I was a Mslexia Poetry 2017 finalist and have been published in a wide range of literary & indie poetry magazines (see reviews & publication).

I am Patron of Writing for Didcot Girls’ School, a member of The Society of Authors and I live in Oxfordshire.

About my poetry

Jacob Polley (2016 T.S. Eliot Prize-winner) has said that I work with a “potent mixture of self-awareness, the subconscious and artistic discrimination”.

Glyn Maxwell (shortlisted for Forward Poetry Prize & T.S. Eliot Prize) calls my writing “sure-footed and distinct”.

“Elaine is a wonderful poet with hawk eye precision and feline play with words” – Roy Mcfarlane (poet, playwright and writer).



Follow my happenings and #poetweets on Twitter @kitespotter.

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Forget January – September’s where it’s at!

Bit odd? Well, for me September brings the start of a new year working with young writers, at Didcot Girls’ and elsewhere. And I get excited about the new students that I’ll meet. The new writing that they’ll make. The new ground that we’ll ‘break’ together, on our mentoring journey. My head also gets busy … Continue reading Forget January – September’s where it’s at!

#LetsDoThisKids 12: Destination X

All good things come to an end. But as I told my brilliant young writers at Didcot Girls, this is not the end of their writing journey, it’s just the start. Last week we met for our last mentoring session and we were ending on a high, with our really inspiring launch event still fresh … Continue reading #LetsDoThisKids 12: Destination X

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