It’s Here!

Published April 7, 2017 by Libby
Final cover version

‘Simply Elfje’ final cover.

Good News! My ‘Simply Elfje’ book of the blog is now available to purchase from Amazon. I have tweaked the colour of the cover a little and here is the revised version.

To buy a copy from Amazon UK please click here. It is also available from and in Europe.

There will eventually be an e-book version for Kindle, however I will be away now for a couple of weeks and have run out of time to do the conversion. I will do it on my return and hopefully it will be available in early May – watch this space.

Cover Draft

Published March 27, 2017 by Libby

Simply Elfje Book Cover Draft

So here it is at last – the draft cover for my Simply Elfje book, I hope you like it. It is not fully finalised yet and I may play with the colour scheme a bit – my aim is to reflect the theme of the blog and now I see it here this is a bit too blue at the top!

The book itself is also progressing well and will soon be somewhere near ready to submit for printing. As I mentioned before, this is a whole new learning process as I have never used CreateSpace before. There have been a few glitches along the way but I am getting to grips with it now so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it all goes smoothly from here on. It won’t be long now!


Book Progress Report

Published March 18, 2017 by Libby

I just thought I would drop in to let you know how the Simply Elfje book is coming along. The good news if that it is almost ready!

I now have all the permissions I need from the guest contributors and will soon be confirming with them which of their Elfje I have included. All that is needed then is to proof read the whole thing and upload it to Createspace. As this is the first time I have produced a book in this way it is something of a learning process but I am hoping it will all go smoothly.

The book cover design is also nearly ready, though I have yet to do the final complete version, but  I hope to be able to share this with you towards the end of next week so watch this space!

Elfje Book

Published February 4, 2017 by Libby

Elfje book
of the blog
coming soon. Watch this

© Elizabeth Leaper

Hello again. I’m back here briefly to tell you about my new project. I am in the process of preparing a book of Elfje poems. This will be both print and e-book and will contain many of my Elfje that have appeared on this blog. There will also be an updated version of the article on how to write Elfje and it is my hope that the book will continue to further awareness of this lovely little form.

There have been so many Elfje on this blog over the years and I can’t possibly include them all; this is why I have chosen to focus on my own ones. However it is my intention to include a selection of Elfje from the contributors to this blog and I have been contacting these people for their permission to print. Unfortunately I no longer have the contact details for some of you. If you have not heard from me in the last week or so and have contributed to this blog in the past please check your Facebook messages as I have used this medium to reach as many of you as I can. Alternatively please leave a comment alerting me to your contact details and I will get back to you, or you can reach me via my website below.

I will post more information about the book as it nears publication both here and on my other regular blog  at ‘By the Wobbly Dum-Dum Tree’ and also on my website at where you will find details of my other books, including my new illustrated children’s story book ‘The Thirsty Flowers’.

Last Post

Published March 28, 2016 by Libby

Last Post,
signalling an ending.
Plaintive echoes fade into

© Elizabeth Leaper


I began Simply Elfje four years ago, the aim being to bring this fascinating little poetic form to a wider audience. The guest posts that have appeared during those four years, from many different contributors, have shown that this aim has been accomplished.

People are now writing and sharing Elfje regularly on their own blogs, in particular I must mention my two blogging friends Freya Pickard and JulesPaige – you can read their blogs by clicking on their names. Jules especially has been most innovative in her use of the form. Few examples of this innovation have appeared here as Simply Elfje is dedicated to the pure expression of the form, but I recommend you read her blog to see what can be achieved.

I have now decided that it is time to pull the plug on Simply Elfje as I seek to reduce the amount of time I spend on the Internet. I shall, of course, continue to write Elfje myself but in future these will be posted on my other regular blog at ‘By the Wobbly Dum-Dum Tree’.

I thank all my readers and contributors for joining me on this journey and hope you will continue to write these simple little poems. In the hope that others may also continue to discover this little verse form Simply Elfje will remain visible at least for the foreseeable future.