|Pen name||W. N. Herbert|
|Language||English and Scots|
|Alma mater||Brasenose College, Oxford|
Herbert was born in 1961 in Dundee. He was educated at Grove Academy and then studied Brasenose College, Oxford gaining a Doctor of Philosophy in 1992 after completing a thesis on the work of Hugh MacDiarmid.
In 1994, he was one of 20 poets chosen by a panel of judges, as the New Generation in a promotion organised by the Poetry Society. He was one of the writers involved in the Informationist poetry movement that emerged in Scotland in the 1990s.
He became a Professor of Poetry & Creative Writing at the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics, Newcastle University.
Awards and honours
- 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) 
- Three Men on the Metro, with Andy Croft and Paul Summers, Five Leaves (2009)
- Omnesia (2013) 
- The Wreck of the Fathership (2020)
- To Circumjack MacDiarmid (1992)
- 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
- "Poetry: Poets A to Z: W. N. Herbert". Scottish Poetry Library. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
- Lister, David (13 January 1994). "New generation of writers presents poetry in motion: Some of today's best poetic talents tend to eschew writing of love". The Independent. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
- "English Literature, Languages and Linguistics: Staff". Newcastle University. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
- Cowing, Emma (15 September 2013). "Dundee appoints WN Herbert as first maker". The Scotsman. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
- "Current RSL Fellows". Royal Society of Literature. Retrieved 26 February 2016.
- O’Brien, Sean (19 February 2006). "The secret weapon of his generation". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
- "Three Men on the Metro". P. N. Review 197. January 2011. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
- Kelly, Stuart (30 March 2013). "Book review: Omnesia by WN Herbert". The Scotsman.
- Biography at the British Council
- Herbert's page at Newcastle University
- Professor Herbert's homepage
- Profile at Bloodaxe Books
- Profile at Scottish Poetry Library