Burble is the imprint and publishing name of the Sussex writer Robert Arnold Edwards. Alongside four collections of poetry, he has produced two works of non-fiction, both in journal form. Each of the books explores a distinct subject or theme, identified in the title.

Something of the breadth and variety of his reference and style can be gleaned from the fact that his work has for one reader of the Brighton book called to mind the Hollywood choreographer Busby Berkeley, while for another commenting on the Beech book the early nineteenth century English rural poet John Clare. Among the locations, London and Europe feature as well as Sussex; and Verse Vendor, though essentially a literary diary, involves a lot of conversation.

The ‘burbler’ appellation originates in the stage persona he assumed when, in the 1990’s, he performed dramatisations of his verse in a regular Friday night Revue at a beachside dance club. Instead of retreating to more serious linguistic territory he went on to court additional whimsicality with the happy terms ‘bluster’ and ‘blurt’. All this can be misinterpreted, since while the tone of some of his work is declamatory, most is of a more serene and subtle style, and emphatically of a more lucid grammar, than those expressions tend to suggest. Nevertheless, humour certainly plays an influential part in the writing.

Robert Edwards’ literary career path has been as erratic as the woodland paths of his Wealden childhood. His work has been consistently championed by the Sussex Book Club, and his exploits have involved: anthologising by the Dovecote Press in their Sussex Bedside Book; Sussex University’s invitation to include the lengthy Conversation with Anton Chekhov in their Pandora’s Books package; and the featuring of his work in the Chichester Observer as well as in publications of bodies as diverse as the Ramblers Association and the Max Miller Appreciation Society.

In 2007 Robert Edwards sprang to fame as a basket-bearing book pedlar. Operating his Sussex peddling licence in the South Harting area, he encountered the journalist John Dodd. A full-page account of his roaming soon appeared in the Daily Telegraph, sparking intense interest from other media, resulting in a regional television news feature in which he was filmed, reading sprawled on a precipitous ledge of the downs then peddling triumphantly in the quiet lane below at Clayton. More recently he was the subject of an hour-long programme on Radio Reverb.

The book Seaside Square is a collaboration with the painter Dominic Evergreen.