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 first full length collection The Art of Falling was published by Seren in April 2015 and won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. She won a New Writing North Award in 2014, an Eric Gregory Award in 2011 and the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize in 2012. Kim was one of the judges in the 2018 National Poetry Competition, along with Kei Miller and Mark Waldron and a judge for the 2020 Forward Prizes.

Her first pamphlet If We Could Speak Like Wolves was a winner in The Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition, judged by Carol Ann Duffy. If We Could Speak Like Wolves was chosen as an Independent Book of the Year in 2012 and was shortlisted for the Michael Marks Pamphlet Award and the Lakeland Book of the Year Award. Kim’s first fall length collection is All the Men I Never Married (Seren, 2021).

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