Elinor Teele
Photo Credit: Still Vision Photography

1/2 Brit and 1/2 Yankee, Elinor Teele has led a peripatetic life.

Born & raised near Boston, Massachusetts, Elinor immigrated with her family to Aotearoa New Zealand in her early teens. There she attended Christchurch Girls’ and the University of Otago.

Eight years later, she flew to the U.K. for doctoral studies at the University of Cambridge. When she wasn’t being pursued by hounds, she studied the Old English Riddles—lyrical poems in the language of BeowulfShe earned her Ph.D. in 2005.

After a career-building stint in New England, living & writing near the historic fishing port of Gloucester, MA, Elinor moved back to Aotearoa in 2021.

Her work includes Kirkus-starred & JLG-selected middle grade books, character-driven films & TV, and unique plays. She aspires to make art that matters and serve as a mentor to the next generation of creators.


Tower and Water
Explore Elinor’s Photo Gallery

To earn her daily bread, Elinor is a freelance copywriter and self-taught photographer at Squam Creative Services.

Over the years, she has helped to create multiple websites and marketing pieces, including a range of higher education projects.

Her photographic work has been recognized by:

  • Smithsonian Magazine
  • Northshore Magazine
  • Classic Boat Magazine
  • Red Cedar Review
  • Brink Magazine

Visit her photo gallery at Squam Creative Services.