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Live Q&A with W. N. Herbert: ‘Wish I Was Here: When Is The Poet Present?’

W. N. Herbert – poet, critic and Dundee’s first ever makar (that’s ‘bard’ to you or I) – is coming to CAMPUS Live Q&A’s this Friday 6 December.

Bill is the author of one of our favourite poetry books of the year – the mind-melting/melding future classic, Omnesia (available from Bloodaxe in glorious twin editions). Among many other things, Bill will be discussing doubleness, doppelgängers and playing tricks with your reader. At least we assume it will be him. Either way, ‘Bill’ would love to hear your questions on all matter of topics.

Places are limited, so if you’d like to join in this live Q&A with Bill, and/or submit a question, please email [email protected]. The chat starts promptly at 2pm GMT.

If you don’t know Bill’s work, you can see him read ‘Song of the Longboat Boys’ and ‘To A Mousse’ here:

W.N. Herbert is a highly versatile poet who writes both in English and Scots. Born in Dundee, he established his reputation with two English/Scots collections from Bloodaxe, Forked Tongue (1994) and Cabaret McGonagall (1996), followed by The Laurelude (1998), The Big Bumper Book of Troy (2002), Bad Shaman Blues (2006) and Omnesia (2013). He has also published a critical study, To Circumjack MacDiarmid (OUP, 1992). His practical guide Writing Poetry was published by Routledge in 2010. He co-edited Strong Words: modern poets on modern poetry (Bloodaxe Books, 2000) with Matthew Hollis, and Jade Ladder: Contemporary Chinese Poetry (Bloodaxe Books, 2012) with Yang Lian. Born in Dundee, he is Professor of Poetry and Creative Writing at Newcastle University and lives in a lighthouse overlooking the River Tyne at North Shields. Twice shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize, his collections have also been shortlisted for the Forward Prize, McVities Prize, Saltire Awards and Saltire Society Scottish Book of the Year Award. Four are Poetry Book Society Recommendations.

If you’d just like to propose a question and can’t participate in the live chat itself, email [email protected]. We will do our best to fit your query in. The transcript from this live Q&A will be eventually published on this blog.

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