Elaine Walker is based in North Wales, where she's lived all her life, and writes fiction, non-fiction, poetry and songs.
As a fiction-writer, she is particularly interested in magical realism, and her novel, 'The Horses' (Rolling Olive Press, 2016; Cinnamon Press, 2010) and novella, 'Steve's Band' (Duality, 2011) follow several magical realism short stories.
'The Horses', which has been a Welsh Books Council Book of the Month, was featured in the Culture Cymru programme at the Hay Festival 2010, and has been a set text on the undergraduate contemporary literature programme at the University of Sheffield.
Her poetry is strongly influenced by her moorland home and her involvement in live music. Her poems have appeared in Roundyhouse, OPENdoor, Transparent Words and Caught in the Net. Her work has also been featured in a special issue of Caught in the Net.
A lifelong experience with horses is evident in much of her work. Her first book, 'Horse' (Reaktion Books, 2008), was chosen by the Kalima Project for translation into Arabic in 2010 and has since been translated into German, Russian and Italian. Later work on the horse includes 'To Amaze the People with Pleasure and Delight' (Xenophon Press, 2015; Long Riders Guild 2010) and 'The Horse' (Parragon, 2014).
She has a doctorate in English Literature and her academic work on the seventeenth century meets her interest in the fantastic and her love of horses in the lives and writing of the first Duke and Duchess of Newcastle.
Her interest in the horse in cultural history is the basis of her consultancy work. She is available for advice, research and presentations on any aspect of the long relationship between horses and humans. Past projects include working with Atacama Films for English Heritage to produce a short film based on her book on the Duke of Newcastle and his horses for visitors to Bolsover Castle, followed by several presentations at Bolsover.
She has been an advisor to the Royal Historic Palaces Commission and Royal Armouries during the refurbishment of The Line of Kings at The Tower of London. She has written presentation packs for the Royal Mail and been a speaker for The British Horse Society.
Elaine offers courses in Creative Writing and lectures for the Open University. She is a Literature Wales Mentor. She is volume editor for 'Teaching Creative Writing: Practical Approaches', a collection of exercises for creative writing teaching in Higher Education (The Professional and Higher Partnership, 2012).
Elaine is a Member of Academi. She is also a member of the Society of Authors and the National Association of Writers in Education.
When she’s not writing or riding, she is lead singer with the Denbigh-based rock band, The Levee Breaks, and performs as a soloist, using the stage name, Jude Lane.
For more on her work:
Horse (Reaktion Books, 2008; Kalima Press, 2010)
To Amaze the People with Pleasure and Delight: The Horsemanship Manuals of William Cavendish, Duke of Newcastle (Xenophon Press, 2015 [Long Riders’ Guild Press, 2010])
The Horses (Rolling Olive Press, 2016 [Cinnamon, 2010])
Steve's Band (Duality, 2011)
Women’s Writing: Margaret Cavendish Special Issue (contributor) (Triangle Press, 1997)
In Her Element (contributor) (Honno, 2008)
Women in Science-Fiction and Fantasy (contributor) (Greenwood Press, 2008)
Equus by Charles Hamilton Smith (foreword) (Long Riders’ Guild Press, 2009)
Teaching Creative Writing: Practical Approaches (editor) (The Professional and Higher Partnership, 2012)
'The author of their skill': human and equine understanding in the Duke of Newcastle's
'New Method', in The Horse as Cultural Icon: Power, Status and Identity in Early Modern Times (Brill, 2011)
'The epitome of horsemanship': William Cavendish's method 'anatomized', in Authority, Authorship and Aristocratic Identity in Seventeenth-Century England: William Cavendish, 1st Duke of Newcastle, and his Political, Social and Cultural Connections (Brill, 2016)
'I'm impressed as ever by the way you bring in other relevant materials - the books you suggest to the student and the extensive benefit of your own experience that you bring to your comments. This is exemplary marking.'
'You do a great job in fostering a collaborative, friendly and error-tolerant working atmosphere ...providing the students with a rich and stimulating learning experience...adding lots of value to what they gain from the course materials.'
Tutor Monitoring Reports 2009-2011
Horse (Reaktion Books, 2008)
'…This is a wonderful book, and every equine student should own a copy! It provides a clear, concise and comprehensive overview of the human-horse relationship, and is written in an engaging and accessible style…'
National Equine Student Journal of Equine Studies
'…This book is warm, engaging and personal, which makes it immensely readable. Yet Walker has packed the pages with a concise presentation of equine history and... keen cultural observations, Walker can be counted on to educate and entertain effortlessly.. . the appearance of a meticulous scholar like Walker is a boon for equestrian research and her beautifully illustrated book is an addictive read…'
The Long Riders' Guild
'…we're currently producing two one hour documentaries for ITV primetime about man's unique relationship with horses. Your book has become a go-to volume for us.'
Assistant Producer, ITV plc
The Horses (Cinnamon, 2010)
'…The Horses is an enchanting tale of survival and renewal in a post-apocalyptic world. Walker’s gentle magic realism is a million miles from the relentless pessimism that is more typical of the growing post-apocalypse genre; the pages of this compassionate and deeply optimistic tale turn all too quickly and seemingly of their own accord, leaving you with a sense of having lived briefly in a better and more beautiful world…'
A review from www.gwales.com, with the permission of the Welsh Books Council
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