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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Introducing: The DGS Poets Laureate!

I was mightily proud of Kat Richards (Year 11) and Nina Winstone (Year 8), who captivated the 1000+ strong student and staff audiences at Didcot Girls’ School this morning with their poems, on the theme of ‘Freedom’. And what better way to introduce these poets to the world than through their poems? ‘Butterfly’ by Nina … Continue reading Introducing: The DGS Poets Laureate!

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