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William Hershaw was born in 1957 in Newport on Tay. Both sides of the family had a coal-mining background, although his father joined the Fire Brigade. Hershaw is now Principal Teacher in English at Beath High School. The poem ’Cowdenbeath Man’, which featured on the Scottish Poetry Library's Poetry Map of Scotland, describes his upbringing in Cowdenbeath, and is unusual for this poet as he usually writes in...
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