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Raymond Burke has been a professional writer for nearly 30 years producing plays, screenplays, short stories and poetry. His latest work, ‘The Arches Theatre’ is an autobiographical account of how Raymond was instrumental in starting the legendary Glasgow theatre in some dilapidated railway arches in the nineties. Another recent publication, 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.