W. N. Herbert

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W. N. Herbert, also known as Bill Herbert (born 1961) is a poet from Dundee, Scotland. He writes in both English and Scots. He and Richard Price founded the poetry magazine Gairfish. Educated at Grove Academy and Brasenose College, he currently teaches at Newcastle University.[1] In September 2013, Herbert was appointed as Dundee's first makar.[2]


Poetry collections[edit]

  • Dundee Doldrums (1991)
  • The Testament of the Reverend Thomas Dick (1994)
  • Cabaret McGonagall (1996)
  • The Laurelude (1998)
  • The Big Bumper Book of Troy (2002)
  • Bad Shaman Blues (2006)


  • To Circumjack MacDiarmid (1992)


  1. ^ Lindsay, Maurice; Duncan, Lesley, eds. (2005), The Edinburgh Book of Twentieth-Century Scottish Poetry, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, pp. 385–386, ISBN 0-7486-2015-X 
  2. ^ The Scotsman, 15 Sept 2013 http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/arts/news/dundee-appoints-wn-herbert-as-first-makar-1-3094134

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