john burbidge

My Story

Born and educated in Perth, Western Australia, John Burbidge has visited more than 40 countries and lived in five. His homes have included an inner-city ghetto of Chicago, a remote aboriginal community in northwestern Australia, and numerous Indian villages.

After graduating from university in 1971, he joined an international organization that pioneered people’s participation in community and organizational development. Having played many roles from facilitator to fundraiser to communications director, he left the organization after 30 years to pursue his own writing. In addition to a literary biography, a memoir and a collection of travel-inspired stories, he has edited four other volumes and has had numerous articles published in books, journals, magazines and newspapers in Australia, Europe, India and North America.

He was the co-founder of the Seattle chapter of the Lesbian and Gay Immigration Rights Task Force and has administered several online writing groups. His personal interests include tai chi, cricket, Australian Rules Football and classical music. He lives with his husband in Washington State, USA.

Books By John Burbidge

The Boatman

The gripping memoir of a foreign volunteer who goes to India to help others and discovers an entire part of himself he never knew existed.

Beyond Prince and Merchant

A seminal publication on the concept of civil society and its rise as a pivotal force for social change in today’s global society.

Approaches That Work In Rural Development

Emerging trends, participatory methods and local initiatives that have transformed rural development around the world.

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Meet John

UPCOMING

Zoom Conversation with John Burbidge

Join John in a Zoom conversation about More Than Halfway to Somewhere. Date and Time to be announced. Sign up below to be notified.

READING

Welcome to the USA

Listen as John reads an except from More Than Halfway to Somewhere called Welcome to the USA.

Meet John

July 23, 2020

Bloom, Book Signing • San Francisco, CA

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August 10, 2020

Draft, Book Reading • Los Angeles, CA

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