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).



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Patron of Writing: Looking forwards. Looking back.

Photo by Rakicevic Nenad from Pexels I have the best job in the world. I spent three weeks in November feeling right at home at DGS – huge thanks to the English team, who made me feel so welcome, and a special INCREDIBLY BIG thank you to the Year 9 students (all 270 of them), … Continue reading Patron of Writing: Looking forwards. Looking back.

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