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Nick Burbridge All Kinds of Disorder - Waterloo Sampler 13 (2005)


ISBN 1-902731-29-8


A collection full of richness and variety – the poems are life-affirming and unafraid

Strong and clipped verse with a striking undercurrent

Frank and uncompromising

An unflinching journey through some of the grim realities of everyday life – Nick Burbridge is obviously a man of great human compassion
A Riot of Emotions

I’m one for ‘the line’, that striking phrase which marks the peak of a poem, and Burbridge’s work frequently delivers the goods: ‘Among dark flights the marrow of this old house stretches’ (‘The One Turning the Other Way’) and ‘Involvement begins with a steep roll in the gut’ (‘Shrink’) both stick in my mind particularly. Burbridge allies this imagistic skill with important social subjects deserving our attention. A good modern poet who’s not afraid to be poetic
Alan Morrison


Nick Burbridge is an Anglo-Irish poet, playwright, novelist, journalist, short story and songwriter, who lives in Brighton. He is author of two other books of poetry: All Kinds of Disorder (Waterloo Press, 2006; also released as an album of readings and effects), and On Call (Envoi Poets, 1994). His plays include Dirty Tricks (Soho Theatre), Vermin (Finborough), and Cock Robin (Verity Bargate Award Runner-up).

Burbridge writes for his own fringe company, and has had work broadcast often on BBC Radio. His novel, Operation Emerald (Pluto), was published under the pseudonym Dominic McCartan. He collaborated with Captain Fred Holroyd on War Without Honour (Harrap/Medium), launched at the House of Commons. His short stories have featured in literary journals, and Arts Council anthologies New Stories 5 and 6 (Hutchinson) and 20 Stories (Secker & Warburg).

As a singer/ songwriter Burbridge has made six albums with band McDermott’s Two Hours, in collaboration with The Levellers, who covered his song ‘Dirty Davey’ on their eponymous number one album. His songs are widely recognised as a significant contribution to the folk revival.


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