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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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Raymond Burke has been a professional writer for over 20 years producing plays, short stories and poetry. His latest work, ‘The Metaphoric Manual’ was published in July 2021 and explains figures of speech for writers, teachers and students. He also teaches writing, drama and film-making to teenagers and adults.


After being made redundant from engineering in the 1980s, Raymond became a musician and eventually a professional actor, which started his ongoing career in writing for theatre. He was one of the team that created the Arches Theatre in Glasgow in the 1990s and has performed and taught all over Europe. As far as qualifications go, he has a 1st class honours degree in Literature from Stirling University and a PGDE in English Teaching from Strathclyde University. (He is also PVG checked.)


In 2016, Raymond designed ‘The Metaphoric Table’, a wall-chart for students that presents the most important literary devices in logical order. Thousands of these posters now adorn classroom walls around the world. Throughout 2020, the poster was developed and expanded into ‘The Metaphoric Manual - The Ultimate Guide to Literary Devices.’ Raymond now delivers a variety of writing workshops all over Scotland.

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