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Poetry in Aldeburgh Festival is online for 2020!

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See me read from ‘Winter with Eva’ on Friday 13th November, 7-8pm. Events are on Zoom and free, with donations to the Festival.

To register for an event, click here.

‘Listening to Winter with Eva is like eavesdropping on a private conversation between a lover and his beloved. The poems draw listeners into urban snowscapes, in a post-Brexit referendum UK where not everyone is welcome, and where passion and devotion lie beside domesticity and suspicion.’


The Troubadour, London, Mon 18th Nov, 8pm

I’ll be performing along with a bunch of other unique poetry voices, as part of a poetry/music/improv night. Would be lovely to see you there. Tickets here: Coffee House Poetry


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View the full Festival line-up here.

I am judge and compere at the following events:

300 Words Competition, for young writers, Sunday October 27th 2019

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Get tickets to the Winners’ Reading Event, here

Poetry Slam, for performance poets aged 16+, Tuesday October 29th 2019



Get Slam tickets, here (entrance is free to shortlisted poets)


Tues 25th June, 7.45 pm, The Old Fire Station, Oxford


Poet Elaine Baker and the Oxford Improvisers present an evening of thought provoking spoken poetry back-lit and intercut with responses, exchanges, and meditations in sound and music.

Tickets & more info here:



Sun 26th May, 7.30, Florence Park Community Centre, Oxford

Come and hear Ali Jones read from her exciting new book … and I’ll be reading too!




I will be Poet-in-Residence at The National Poetry Library, in the WS Graham exhibition Constructing Spaces, on 21st February, 2019.

Super excited about that!

(To read some of the work I produced on residency, see Publication & Reviews.)


Wed 27th February 2019, 7.30pm

Come and hear me LIVE at Vale & Downland Museum , Wantage, in ‘Ghostly Tales’. As well as chilling poetry, there’ll be spooky storytelling and a Ghost Tour…

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Really memorable night at The Betsey! Thanks to fellow poet and performer Greg Smith for this photo.


Tues 27th Nov at The Betsey Trotwood  (London) –

This should be a night of compelling poetry. I’ll be reading alongside the most recent cohort of The Poetry School’s MA in Writing Poetry –  a diverse and phenomenal bunch!

Come and join us.



Wed 24th Oct –


There’ll be a range of writers to

see/hear/enjoy at the Wantage

Literary Festival Open Mic

(including me!)

Wed 24th October, 7pm, Vale & Downland Museum, Wantage

Read the full Festival programme 

Tickets here

Mon Oct 15th, 8pm, at The Troubadour, London:

Come and be immersed in poetry from ‘across the pond’, where I’ll be reading…  770


Come and hear poetry at the Natural History Museum, Oxford…


on National Poetry Day, 4th October  (run by Back Room Poets). Why not bring a natural history inspired poem to read a at the open mic slot? We’d love to see you 😃.

Tickets are FREE, just register here:



Sat 9th & Sun 10th June …

…I will be Poet in Residence at Nomura International PLC in the city of London, as part of London Open Squares & Gardens 2018 (with thanks to The Poetry School, London).

Come and visit the gorgeous roof terrace garden, with its stunning views over the Thames, the visiting hawks and (of course) try some poetry! There will be poetry tags to discover in the garden, seed poems and my very own ‘Poetry Jukebox Live!’



Catch me at Pembroke College, Oxford on Monday 4th June, 6-7 pm …


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I’ll be reading along with these fab poets:

David Olsen

Paul Surman and

Lucy Walters

More info on Facebook.

See you there I hope!


NEXT WEEK – This: Newcastle Poetry Festival: CROSSINGS

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Wed 2nd – Sat 5th May 2018

Check out the enticing range of events, performances and workshops.

PLUS I’ll be there …

…reading on Saturday 5th as part of the ‘MA in Writing Poetry’ event, 11am – 12 at Northern Stage. All the info here: Sat 5th May Events & Booking



Need inspiration to get writing?

Have a fascination with all creatures, great and small?


Then why not join me at an exciting half day poetry course at The Poetry School, London on Sat 21st April, 10.30 – 1.00.

For all the details, and to book, click here.

“Elaine is a wonderful poet with hawk eye precision and feline play with words, grab a spot and tap into your animal side of poetry.” Roy Mcfarlane – poet, playwright and writer.




come and find me at The Troubadour Cellar Club, London …Troubadour Musician

Monday 5th February 2018:

‘What we should have said’ – 

‘An entertaining, enlightening, innovative & unpredictable spoken-word shindig’ with Inua Ellams, Richard Douglas Pennant, Sasha Dugdale, Huw Warren & Stuart Silver plus, before the break, pop-up poetry featuring Elaine Baker and many other original voices.

Tickets and info online


384e8289d1c7c481db175f5e4ce814fe--troubadour-roadsMonday 16th October 2017:

‘Twenty-firsts’ at The Troubadour Cellar Club, London – 

twenty-one poets making their mark today in our twenty-first year, many with first publications, first pamphlets, first collections & first prizes…’

I will be reading alongside 20 other ‘new’ poets AND these fab 4:

Jo Shapcott, Maura Dooley, Michael Laskey & Mimi Khalvati

For further info and to book click here.


Friday 6th October 2017:

ClitArt Launch Party – with poetry and spoken word.

Come along, hear me read and support this event that seeks to promote positive sexual activism.

Also reading … LGBT Poet Laureate Trudy Howson, Annabel Pribelszki, Alice Denny, Iulia David + more!

More at: ClitArt Festival, London

Friday 21st July 2017: Iklectik, ‘Old Paradise Yard ‘, 20 Carlisle Ln, Archbishop’s park, London SE1 7LG

What a privilege to read some of my poetry alongside others, including:

Tammy Yoseloff , Clare Pollard  and Masters poetry students from Newcastle University & The Poetry School.

Thanks to Iklectik for welcoming us into your fabulous creative space (& for the mojitos!) See you again soon.IMG_0810 (2)


Monday 26 June 2017, 8 – 10 pm: The Troubadour, London SW5 – planet earth: poetry party with guest readers.

I loved reading at The Troubadour again – always a huge array of talented poets and an appreciative audience, packed in to the intimate venue of the Cellar Club.
Thanks to Anne-Marie Fyfe, from Coffee-House Poetry

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