Kim Moore: What the Trumpet Taught Me

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Award-winning poet Kim Moore studied music and was a trumpet teacher for several years. What the Trumpet Taught Me is a collection of vivid snapshots, from first lessons to attending music college, from teaching trumpet in schools and conducting a brass band, right through to playing in working men’s clubs in a ten-piece soul band.

Meditative, funny and moving, these short prose pieces are open to experience and clear-eyed about the vagaries of class prejudice and the intricacies of gender in a predominantly male world. Woven into her performance will be poems from her latest collection, All the Men I Never Married.

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‘The world is a better place for writing like Kim’s. And here, in her new book, we see the world through the prism of the trumpet. An Absolute delight’Cerys Matthews

Kim Moore lives and works in Cumbria. Her first full-length collection The Art of Falling (Seren, 2015) won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. She also won a New Writing North Award, an Eric Gregory Award and the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize. She has a doctorate from Manchester Metropolitan University and, with Clare Shaw, is co-director of the Kendal Poetry Festival. All the Men I Never Married is her latest poetry collection (Seren) and What the Trumpet Taught Me (Smith|Doorstop 2022) is her latest book.