Sheffield with Katharine Towers

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Book online or call Paul McGrane on 020 7420 9881. Can’t make this date? Contact Paul to see if an ad-hoc date can be arranged. Sessions are in Sheffield and are an hour long. 2pm, 3pm and 4pm.

This is a wonderful opportunity to discuss your poetry on a one-to-one basis with poet and tutor Katharine Towers, a relaxed but in-depth analysis of your poems. Identify strategies for further developing your writing, discuss problems you may be experiencing and look at strategies for taking your work forward. There will be plenty of time to talk about all those things you need to know about writing, revising and submitting your work. Katharine runs one-hour sessions in Sheffield. £50 for Poetry Society members, £60 for non-members. Book online or call Paul McGrane on 020 7420 9881.

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 TS 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.

What they say

“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

“The meeting with Kathy was excellent. She’s a very good tutor. Her remarks, ideas, have really improved my five poems. It’s such a great help. I would certainly recommend her. And its very much worth the money. Also, the venue was very convenient and a pleasant place to be.” J L, Chesterfield

“Kathy is a superb and empathetic tutor. She engages deeply with my poetry and her suggestions are challenging and highlight aspects of my writing that I was previously unaware of. Brilliant.” M B, Middlesbrough

“I enjoyed the surgery with Kathy very much. She provided detailed observations and I found her suggestions and comments on overall form and structure especially helpful. I also appreciated how she homed in on the core images of each poem. Kathy’s feedback has given me confidence to build on the strengths of my writing and to submit poems to magazines. The session was excellent value and I would highly recommend it” R W, Sheffield

“It was tremendous! I felt Kathy had taken time and trouble to consider my work, and we hit it off straight away. She had some great ideas and tips too. Certainly would recommend to other poets.” – R M, Sheffield