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Elaine Axten

Blogger at elaine4queen

London EC1V 3RB, United Kingdom

Professional Bio

I was born in London, the suburbs, then moved to Edinburgh where I went to school. I spent a lot of that time staring out of the window, so perhaps it was natural for me to go to art school. I did my foundation year in Newcastle, then my degree in Liverpool. I moved back to Edinburgh briefly then to London for good. I worked in prop making for West End shows, then back stage for a bit, and then I did an MA in Communication, Culture, and Society at Goldsmiths.
I taught for 12 years, mostly in London and the South East, teaching every art school and latterly multimedia subject going. My hourly paid fun was terminated when I was given the golden noose of 'a job'. I didn't last long before becoming chronically and irrecoverably ill. Since then I have spent 10 years or so persuing Buddhist meditation at The London Buddhist Centre, then moved up the Lea to Tottenham and stared at swans for two years. Now, I have moved to EC1 and spend my time walking with my dog or exploring the Barbican with my camera. Over the last year I have been Instagramming, microblogging, and walking the streets of the near East End.

Where I Write

I started to write for reading out a couple of years ago and have done numerous spoken word events. It's slow, mainly because of my illness, fibromyalgia, which manifests in many ways, saliently migraine and fatigue, but nevertheless, I believe strongly in writing for the 'grain of the voice' as Roland Barthes puts it. For the rest, it's mostly in my blog elaine4queen.wordpress.com

Favorite Blogs

I follow Workman and DarkSilenceInSuburbia and many others on Tumblr, I like the Brutalism Appreciation Society on Facebook, and follow other blogs through Wordpress.

Recent Activity

  1. Elaine Axten added a comment on Why “Don’t Worry About Money, Just Travel” Is The Worst Advice Of All Time
    @eurapart Yes, it's hyperbolic click bait, really. When I was younger I traveled with no money, hitch hiking and crossing my fingers then jumping. I come from a working class background, and I knew I'…
  2. Elaine Axten added a comment on Travel Where You Live
    It doesn't read as 'start where you are' it reads as 'come to Saxony'. The words are saying something different to the visual and sonic language of the film. It just looks like a travel commercial to …
  3. Elaine Axten added a comment on The Art of Exploring: Flânerie in an Age of Mass Tourism
    @gran_tourismo Thanks for the recommendation. My reading around the subject is  nothing short of scatter gun, so I'm always glad to hear about something I didn't know about. I might be able …
  4. Elaine Axten added a comment on The Art of Exploring: Flânerie in an Age of Mass Tourism
    @gran_tourismo I wasn't really thinking of brands or shopping per se, though people certainly like to buy souvenirs and I'm not against that, it was more that the experience itself is often sold (lite…
  5. Elaine Axten added a comment on The Art of Exploring: Flânerie in an Age of Mass Tourism
    @concretepost It was a lovely community, well, probably still is. When I got ill the internet was still very early days, and I wasn't all that interested in message boards - no pictures! Finding cityn…
  6. Elaine Axten added a comment on The Art of Exploring: Flânerie in an Age of Mass Tourism
    @amyggalexander thanks for having me! It's been a blast!
  7. Elaine Axten added a comment on The Art of Exploring: Flânerie in an Age of Mass Tourism
    @DeltaWillis Lovely!
  8. Elaine Axten added a comment on The Art of Exploring: Flânerie in an Age of Mass Tourism
    @SartreAndSartre In Ben Aaronovitch's Peter Grant mystical detective novels he uses the rivers of London as characters. (He's a Dr Who writer so the way he uses London is more like that than, say, som…
  9. Elaine Axten added a comment on The Art of Exploring: Flânerie in an Age of Mass Tourism
    @MastaBaba There's also a pub nearby called the Hat and Feathers, though god knows what they get up to in there, because it's been done up but is never open.  Where I live is referred to as 'City…
  10. Elaine Axten added a comment on The Art of Exploring: Flânerie in an Age of Mass Tourism
    @concretepost There is a sense in which psychogeography suggests the 'found object' of art making. People have used shooting from the hip as a way to do that with photographs. I used to post a lot of …