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East Kilbride Blacksmith Unveils Literary Techniques in Latest Book


A writer from East Kilbride celebrates the release of his latest book after using the lock to put a pen on paper.

But not just any book – it’s a book that helps people understand how books are written.

Raymond Burke took the opportunity to research and read around 50 classic novels.

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And as if that weren’t enough, he also took note of every figure of speech that occurred in each of the novels, compiling them into academic work for English students and teachers.

It meant stopping and listing every example of metaphor, comparison, understatement, personification, metonymy, synecdoche and over fifty other devices.

Raymond’s latest offer would entertain any bookbug

The best of these thousands of examples have now been collected in his new book – The metaphorical manual .

The book, published by Glasgow arts quarterly, The Drouth, is now available in all good bookstores and online as well as Village Music, East Kilbride and The Ice Box, Glasgow.

Raymond told Lanarkshire Live: “If you want to silence an English teacher or a bookbug for a few hours on Christmas Day, this is the perfect gift.

“Rather than just listing the devices alphabetically, the book presents the numbers in a logical fashion, breaking them down into categories.

“This is the theory behind the publication and allows students to search for numbers of interest without having to know the exact terminology.”

The Metaphorical Handbook is also intended as a companion to its previous A1 wall chart for schools – The Metaphorical Table – The Periodic Table of Literature, now also updated for 2021.

Raymond has lived in East Kilbride his entire life and has produced over fifty plays for adults and children.

He was one of the main architects of the creation of the Arches Theater in Glasgow in the 90s and also created the Christmas shows at the East Kilbride Arts Center.

He was educated at East Milton Primary and Duncanrig and during his thirty years as an actor and writer he performed and taught across Europe.

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