East Mids & Online – Katharine Towers

Location: East Midlands (when Covid conditions allow)

Online: Zoom

Duration: 1hr

Fee: £70 (£60 for Poetry Society Members) – from 1 April 2021 (NB Katharine is not booking Surgeries until May 2021)

How to book

  • Please book online via the What’s On page
  • Email [email protected] with any queries
  • Poetry Society Members – make sure you pick the lower price option

Next steps

  • Katharine will be in touch with you by phone or email to confirm a date and time.
  • At least two weeks before the session, please email 6 poems, or 150 lines maximum, to her in one Word or PDF document.
  • Add an accompanying note saying 1. why you write poetry, 2. what you hope to do with your writing, 3. what you hope to gain from the session.

About Katharine Towers

Katharine’s first poetry collection The Floating Man was published by Picador in 2010 and won the Seamus Heaney Centre Poetry Prize, shortlisted for the Jerwood-Aldeburgh First Collection Prize and for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry and longlisted for The Guardian First Book Award. A poem from the collection was a Poem on the Underground. Her second The Remedies was also published by Picador and was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. A pamphlet The Violin Forest was published by HappenStance in 2019. Katharine has taught at Newcastle University and for the Poetry School and has run workshops at Ledbury and online for The Guardian. katharinetowers.com

Feedback from Katharine’s previous sessions

“Kathy Towers was lovely. I enjoyed having someone critique my poetry so thoughtfully. Her observations were perceptive, and she gave me some useful pointers which I am now trying as I revisit my poems. Her hand-out and reading list were an unexpected bonus. My only regret is that the hour went by so quickly I did not get to ask all the questions I had! The Friends Meeting House was easy to get to. Highly recommend.” I F, Derby

“I have been meaning to do this for some time and in the space of an hour with Katherine I think I learned more about my writing than I have in the last few years. Katherine was very astute, sensitive and constructively critical in all the ways I’d hoped for. I learned so much about editing both at a detailed level (word by word) and the more general issues of how to make better use of titles and form for example as well as challenges such as consistency of tone and perspective. We had time to explore 5 poems and each one of these was examined in some depth and this has definitely given me the tools I need to start editing other work in a much more constructive way.” P A, Matlock

“My first poetry surgery with Kathy Towers was about five years ago, and I keep coming back for more. She understands, she enhances. She very quickly ‘gets’ the shape of the force that drives any of us to write, our personal daemon. And she has a musical ear that helps with pesky line breaks, and when less is more. Especially when you’re dealing with a sequence of poems – is it an omelette or just a mess of broken eggs? Can’t wait for her next Poetry Surgery. Value for money? Worth every penny. The venue is serene and comfortable. Part of the experience, really. A good place to sit with your poems before your session with Katharine Towers.” D O, Otley