Katharine Towers was born in London and studied Modern Languages at St. Hilda’s College, Oxford. In 2007 she completed an MA in Creative Writing at Newcastle University.
She has published two poetry collections, both with Picador. The Floating Man (2010) won the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize and was shortlisted for the Jerwood-Aldeburgh First Collection Prize and for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry. A poem from the collection ‘The Way We Go’ appeared as a Poem on the Underground and has also been set to music by the composer Laura Stevens. Her second collection The Remedies (2016) was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize.
Katharine’s poems have been broadcast on Radio 3 and Radio 4 and have appeared in several anthologies, as well as in The Guardian, Poetry Review and Poetry London. From 2016-2018 Katharine was Poet in Residence at the Cloud Appreciation Society.
She lives in the Peak District with her husband and two daughters and their red collie Lenny.
- Laura Stevens setting of ‘The Way We Go’