Professor Bill Herbert
Professor of Poetry & Creative Writing
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- Personal Website: https://wnherbert.wordpress.com/
- Address: School of English
Newcastle upon Tyne
W.N. Herbert was born in Dundee, and educated at Brasenose College, Oxford, where he published his DPhil thesis (To Circumjack MacDiarmid, OUP, 1992). He has published seven volumes of poetry and four pamphlets, and he is widely anthologised. He has published broadly in the field of Creative Writing, and is a regular reviewer of contemporary poetry.
His last six collections, with Bloodaxe Books, have won numerous accolades. He has been shortlisted twice for the T.S. Eliot prize and twice for the Saltire. He has gained four Poetry Book Society Recommendations, and won three Scottish Arts Council Awards.
In 2013 he was appointed Dundee's Makar, or city laureate. In 2014 he was awarded a Cholmondeley Prize for his poetry, and an honorary doctorate from Dundee University. In 2015 he became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
After holding writer's residencies in Dumfires and Galloway and in Morayshire, Bill Herbert moved to Newcastle in 1994 to take up the Northern Arts Literary Fellowship. Subsequently he held residencies with Cumbria Arts in Education and the Wordsworth Trust.
He has engaged in numerous public art and cross-media projects in the North-East, making a film in Berwick, originating sculptures in Ambleside and Dumfries, and writing a poem for a strip of stainless steel to be set into the pavement in Graingertown. He is the poetry consultant for the Westpark project, originating text and co-ordinating artworks across this development in Darlington, one of the largest public art projects in the North East. On campus, working with Colin Hagan, he produced the piece Pentad outside the Robinson Library, and conceived of and curated the text gallery LIT, projected on the wall of Percy Building.
In 2000 he edited the bestselling anthology Strong Words: modern poets on modern poetry with Matthew Hollis. He also edited the interactive CD-ROM Book of the North (NWN, 2000), featuring prominent writers and artists from the region. Together with the Chinese poet Yang Lian, he has edited two book of translations from Chinese, Jade Ladder (Bloodaxe, 2012), and The Third Shore (Shearsman, 2013)
Roles and Responsibilities
Head of Creative Writing section
Lecturer in the Department of Creative Writing at Lancaster University (1996-2002).
Creative Writing theory and practice; contemporary British poetry, especially Scottish poetry, focussing on Hugh MacDiarmid and Edwin Morgan; poetry in translation.
Text and Public Art; poetry in collaboration with other artforms, including music.
Bill Herbert is Module leader for SEL1000 Creative Writing; SEL2216 Poetry, Prose and Script Workshop, and SEL3333 File of Original Literary Work.
Teaches on SEL8641 Introduction to the Craft of Writing, SEL8506 Writing Workshop: Poetry, and Sel8515 The Longer Poem and the Sequence, as well as supervising on SEL8321 Portfolio/Dissertation.
He also teaches on the Writing Poetry MA (SEL8402 Poetry Workshop 1, and SEL8520 Poetry Workshop 2)
Postgraduate research supervision
Bill Herbert has supervised ten students to successful completion, including Creative Writing, and Literature students (the latter including the poets and academics Tara Bergin and Paul Batchelor). Several of his students have won AHRC funding to support their studies (including the poets and tutors Anna Woodford and Christy Ducker).
He currently has seven PhD students, three of whom are AHRC supported, and two further students in the process of being examined.
- Herbert WN. A Modern Don Juan. 2014. Five Leaves Publications.
- Herbert WN. Murder Bear. Devon: Donut Press, 2013. In Press.
- Yang L, Herbert WN, ed. The Third Shore: Chinese and English Language Poets in Mutual Translation. Bristol: Shearsman Books, 2013.
- Herbert WN. Omnesia (Alternative Text) / Omnesia (Remix). 2013. Bloodaxe Books, 175 / 173.
- Herbert WN. The Later Poetry Of Barry MacSweeney and the Demons of Influence. In: Batchelor, Paul, ed. Reading Barry MacSweeney. Bloodaxe, 2013. In Press.
- Herbert WN, Hussein SJ, Alto, MA, Orwin M, Yussuf AI. Maxamed Ibraahin Warsame 'Hadraawi': The Poet and the Man. Pisa, Italy: Ponte Invisibile/The Poetry Translation Centre, 2013.
- Herbert WN, Rigaki E. AntiMidas, or, Bankers in Hades. 2013. Dublin, Ireland: Beckett Theatre. In Press.
- Herbert WN, Jackson AZ, ed. Whaleback City: Poems from Dundee and its Hinterlands. Dundee, UK: Dundee University Press, 2013.
- Herbert WN, Lian Y, ed. Jade Ladder: Contemporary Chinese Poetry. Tarset: Bloodaxe Books, 2012.
- Herbert WN, Croft A, Summers P. Three Men on the Metro. Nottingham, UK: Five Leaves Press, 2009.
- Gaarriye, Herbert WN (trans.), Orwin M (trans.). Poems: Maansooyin. London: Enitharmon Press, 2008.
- Herbert WN, ed. Balkan Exchange: Eight Poets from Bulgaria and Britain. Todmorden: Arc Publications, 2007.
- Herbert WN. Bad Shaman Blues. Tarset: Bloodaxe, 2006.
- Herbert WN. Creative Space. In: Steel, J, ed. Wordsmithery: The Writer's Craft and Practice. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, 2006, pp.183.
- Herbert WN. Writing Poetry. In: Anderson, L, ed. Creative Writing: A Workbook with Readings. Abingdon, Oxfordshire: Routledge, 2006, pp.167-269.
- Duinker A, Herbert WN, Kolbe U, Laugesen P, Martel K, Lian Y. Sailor's Home. In: Lian, Y, ed. Sailor's Home: a miscellany of poetry by Arjen Duinker, W. N. Herbert, Uwe Kolbe, Peter Laugesen, Karine Martel and Yang Lian. Exeter: Shearsman Books, 2005, pp.132.
- Herbert WN. The Big Bumper Book of Troy. Tarset, Northumberland: Bloodaxe, 2002.
- Herbert WN. Fergusson and the Bycultural Canon. In: Crawford, R, ed. "Heaven-taught Fergusson": Robert Burns's Favourite Scottish Poet. Edinburgh: Tuckwell Press Ltd, 2002, pp.207-229.
- Herbert WN, Hollis M. Strong Words: Modern Poets on Modern Poetry. Tarset, Northumberland: Bloodaxe Books, 2000.
- Herbert WN. The Laurelude. Newcastle upon Tyne: Bloodaxe, 1998.
- Herbert WN. Cabaret McGonagall. Newcastle upon Tyne: Bloodaxe Books, 1996.
- Herbert WN. Forked Tongue. Newcastle upon Tyne: Bloodaxe Books, 1994.
- Herbert WN. The pastorauling parole: Scottish pastoral. TriQuarterly 2003, (116), 73-90.
- Herbert WN. To Circumjack MacDiarmid: the poetry and prose of Hugh MacDiarmid. Clarendon: Oxford University Press, 1993.
- Herbert WN. Fish-Fight at the Basilica Cisterns. Ploughshares 2015. Ploughshares Inc, 41(1), 92-92.
- Herbert WN. What is form?. In: Earnshaw S, ed. The Handbook of Creative Writing: Second Edition. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2014, pp.199-210.