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.
‘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.