Her début poetry collection The Lie of the Land was published with Doire Press in July 2015. Elaine received an ACE award for poetry from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland in the same year. She was awarded the No Alibi’s Prize at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry, Queen’s University, Belfast, where she completed an M.A. (with Distinction) and where she is currently completing a PhD.
She lectures in Creative Writing at Ulster University.
Elaine was runner up in the Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize, 2015 and was short-listed for the Bridport Prize 2014. She won a Commendation in the National Poetry Competition 2013 and a Special Commendation in the Patrick Kavanagh Award in both 2013 and 2014. She previously won prizes in the Templar Poetry Pamphlet Competition, the Academi Cardiff International Poetry Competition (both 2008), the Peterloo Poetry Competition and the Manchester Open Poetry Competition.
Her poem ‘Push-Bike’ was made into a filmpoem by the Poetry Society and directed by Robert Peake. It premiered at the Poetry International Festival at the Southbank, London, 2014. Her work has been translated into Russian and Spanish and was selected for Poetry Ireland, Introductions in 2006.
Her work has appeared in The Yellow Nib, Poetry Ireland Review; Verse; The North; New Welsh Review; The Rialto; Buzz, Templar Poetry ; Black Mountain Review; Study Ireland, Poetry, BBC 2 Northern Ireland; National Poetry Competition Pamphlet 2013, The Poetry Society; Word of Mouth, Blackstaff Press; The Honest Ulsterman; The SHop; The Stinging Fly; The Ogham Stone;Irish Pages;Brangle; Life and Movement, South Eastern and Social Care Trust; re-COLLECT-ing, Queen’s University, Belfast/Naughton Gallery; Manchester Poets 3, Peterloo Poets, 6.