Psalm For A Scaffolder

BBC Radio 4

Geoffrey Faber prize-winning poet Kim Moore invites us into her life as a a writer. She focuses on her working class background and long held desire to follow her scaffolder-dad to work and become poet in residence among the scaffolders. She shares her love of music and years spent working as a trumpet teacher, and how her tender, atmospheric poetry grapples with the transformations that affect both body and mind during a violent relationship.

The programme is framed by sessions in which Kim is having her portrait painted by Claire Eastgate as part of her project: “Painting the Poets,” giving us a rare opportunity to listen in on the intimacies of the painter-sitter relationship. As Claire’s picture develops, so does the one we have of Kim.

Produced by Ned Carter Miles

Broadcast Date: 14th April 2019