Katharine Towers

Katharine Towers was born in London and read Modern Languages at St Hilda’s College, Oxford. She completed an MA in Creative Writing at Newcastle University in 2007. Her first collection The Floating Man was published by Picador in 2010 and won the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize. It was also shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award and the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. Her second collection The Remedies was published in 2016 and has been shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. Katharine’s poems have appeared in various anthologies and in publications including The Guardian, Poetry Review and Poetry London. She lives in the Peak District with her husband and two daughters.


Photo: John Beatty


Border Crossings »

Reading: Katharine Towers, Vicki Husband

Sun 5 March | 11:30 - 12:30 | £4.00/£3.00 | The Undercroft, St John's House, South Street

The Remedies »

Where better than the Old Chemist’s Shop for a poetic response to Dr. Bach’s Flower Remedies from Katharine Towers

Thu 2 March - Sun 5 March | 11:00 - 17:00 | FREE | The Preservation Trust Museum, North Street, The Old Chemist’s Shop



In the way that we cannot be other
than ourselves even in the deep of winter
these woods where bluebells grow

are always bluebell woods.
The blunt grey tips poke up
through the melted leaf-litter.

They are entering their domain
and the light is startling to them.
They quietly jostle to get more of it.

It may be that they are concentrating
on making the blue they remember
or perhaps it will astound them.

Then they can do nothing except look
down at the earth, which is not a mirror,
learning thoughts of bluebells in a dark wood.


Katharine Towers

Poem taken from The Remedies by Katharine Towers, published by Picador at £9.99