Katharine Towers was born in London and read Modern Languages at St. Hilda’s College, Oxford. In 2007 she completed an MA in Writing at Newcastle University. Her first collection, The Floating Man, was published by Picador in 2010 and was awarded the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize for Poetry 2011.
The collection was shortlisted for the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize and the Ted Hughes Award and longlisted for The Guardian First Book Award. It was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. A poem from the collection (‘The Way We Go’) appeared as a Poem on the Underground.
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Her latest collection is The Remedies published by Picador in 2016. It has been shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize 2016.
‘There is so much to praise about the writing: clarity, generosity and grace. There are no barriers between poem and reader. . . [Towers] writes with a marvellously gentle wit and a metrical intelligence. . . Quite how she manages the balancing act between entertainment and something that comes close to a prayer, that catches at your throat, is beyond me’ – Guardian