Poetry helps me see the funny side of things, and a poem often comes from a moment of pure exasperation, like a child stuffing a pom pom down her cornet (in The Trumpet Teacher’s Curse) It’s both awful and funny and somewhere in the gap between them is the poem. I had nearly finished the manuscript of The Art of Falling before I realised that I had a lot of poems about falling. I love that the word ‘falling’ has so many connotations in the English language, both positive and negative. I think my fascination with falling also has a lot to do with my father, who is a scaffolder and who has had two death-defying falls in his life. The best part of writing a poem is the feeling of setting off and not knowing where you will end up.

Kim Moore

Kim Moore’s first pamphlet ‘If We Could Speak Like Wolves’ was a winner in the 2012 Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition.  The pamphlet went on to be shortlisted for a Michael Marks Award and the Lakeland Book of the Year.  It was also named in the Independent as a 2012 Book of the Year.  In 2011 Kim won an Eric Gregory Award and the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize.  She won a Northern Writers AwardNorthern Writers Award in 2014 to buy time to work on her first full length collection, ‘The Art of Falling’ which will be published by Seren in April 2015.  Kim was recently Poet-in-Residence at the Ilkley Literature Festival and Digital Poet in Residence at The Poetry School.  She was Young Poet-in-Residence at Ilkley Literature Festival in 2012.  She works part time as a peripatetic brass teacher and has recently completed her first half-marathon. 

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