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Raymond Burke

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Contact: raymondburke007@gmail.com
Local authority: South Lanarkshire
Languages: English, Scots
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I have been a professional writer for over 20 years and write poetry, short stories and plays. I teach writing and drama to teenagers and adults. After being made redundant from engineering in the 1980s, I became a punk rock bassist then street performer and eventually an actor, which started my ongoing career writing for theatre. I was one of the team who created the Arches Theatre in Glasgow in 1991 under some old railway arches under Central Station and have performed and taught all over Europe. As far as qualifications go, I have a 1st class Honours in Scottish Literature from Stirling University and I am also a fully qualified English teacher.

In 2016, I designed The Metaphoric Table, a wallchart that presents the most important literary devices. The posters were originally published by the Drouth and I wrote an accompanying article to explain the chart. Since then, I have delivered a series of workshops for groups in which I explain how the table can be used and give the participants a chance to try some of them for themselves.

(Works in Scots)

Local authorities can visit

Aberdeen City; Aberdeenshire; Angus; Argyll and Bute; Clackmannanshire; Dumfries and Galloway; Dundee; East Ayrshire; East Dunbartonshire; East Lothian; East Renfrewshire; Edinburgh City; Falkirk; Fife; Glasgow City; Highland; Inverclyde; Midlothian; Moray; Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles); North Ayrshire; North Lanarkshire; Orkney Islands; Perth and Kinross; Renfrewshire; Scottish Borders; Shetland; South Ayrshire; South Lanarkshire; Stirling; West Dunbartonshire; West Lothian

Events can deliver

Performance; Talk; Professional development, CLPL or CPD

Audience can work with

Adult learners; Intergenerational learning; Prisoners & young offenders; Vulnerable adults

Topics of work

Biography & memoir; Comedy, humour & funny books; Contemporary fiction; Editing & editing your own work; Environment & climate; Event production; Historical fiction; Performance training

Age groups published for

Children; Adults

Age groups can work with

9-11; 12-14; 15-18; Adults

Audience size

0-10; 11-30; 31-100