Katharine Towers has won the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry Prize 2011 for her first collection, The Floating Man.

‘I’m thrilled and honoured to receive this wonderful prize from the Seamus Heaney Centre.  Publishing a first book inevitably feels like pushing a very fragile little boat out into the unknown.  Winning this award will inspire me to keep writing the very best poems I can. I’ll do my utmost to live up to it!’ - Katharine Towers

The Floating Man has also been shortlisted for the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize and the Ted Hughes Award, and longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award 2010.