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 …


Poetry at Pembroke

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