What the Trumpet Taught Me


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 and immediate snapshots, from first lessons to music college, and from teaching the trumpet in schools and running a brass band, right through to playing in working men’s clubs in a ten-piece soul band.

Meditative and often funny, these short prose pieces are always open to experience and clear-eyed about the vagaries of class-prejudice and the intricacies of gender in a predominantly male world. The trumpet is the central character that we always return to as we are asked to consider the pivotal role of music in both an individual and social history.

Produced in charming A5 format, What the Trumpet Taught Me is perfect as a gift or slipped into a pocket, and features watercolour illustrations by Emma Burleigh.

Read a sample.

Published May 2022.

What Writers and Critics Think

  • 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
  • A beautiful, heartbreaking, funny, life-enhancing book.

    Ann Grant


Click here to listen to Kim Moore in conversation with Helena de Groot on Poetry Foundation’s Poetry Off The Shelf Podcast.

Kim Moore’s pamphlet If We Could Speak Like Wolves was a winner in the 2011 Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition. Her first collection The Art of Falling (Seren 2015) won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. Her second collection All The Men I Never Married (Seren, 2021) won the 2022 Forward Prize for Best Collection.  Her first non-fiction book What The Trumpet Taught Me was published by Smith/Doorstop in May 2022. She is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University. A hybrid book of lyric essays and poetry Are You Judging Me Yet? Poetry and Everyday Sexism will be published by Seren in March 2023

Additional information

Dimensions 15.6 × 11.1 cm

Book, eBook (ePub)


978-1-914914-14-0, 978-1-914914-15-7



Publication Year

May 2022