I was born in Barrhead, Renfrewshire, and educated at Glasgow University and Jordanhill College. An English teacher since 1982, since the mid-90s I’ve tried to juggle my writing with a career in education, sometimes with some success but generally with abject frustration. I have a great deal of experience dealing with groups of learners in all sorts of situations. At present, I’m plodding my way through writing my first novel, which interferes with and is interfered with by my work in Initial Teacher Education at the University of Strathclyde. Such is life.
About writer's work
My first book, Occasional Demons, was a dark, brooding and violent collection of short stories which garnered considerable critical acclaim and a nomination for the Saltire First Book award in 2002. Since then, I have written scripts for TV, most notably “The Practicality of Magnolia”, the film of which won two BAFTA New Talent awards in 2002, including Best TV Drama, and a nomination in the Best Screenplay category. I have also written an educational adaptation of The Cone-gatherers for BBC Education, which was broadcast in 2005, and was long-listed for the 2003 New Found Film award for “The Island”, a feature film script. My first novel is a departure – I am now too old to be an angry young man – and concerns the relationship between fathers and sons: I won a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship Award in 2006 to work on this in Grez-sur-Loing, France.
Websites featuring the authorhttp://www.ltscotland.org.uk/nationalqualifications/resources/writingskills/index.asphttp://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/education/eng/cones/http://raymondsoltysek.wordpress.com/
Current events and projects
Readings, workshops on stimulating writing, fiction and script writing.
Various literary magazine publications since 1994, BBC Radio 4 short story broadcasts, two TV scripts.
The Practicality of Magnolia (Hopscotch films)
The Cone-Gatherers (BBC Education)
Scottish Short Stories (BBC Education)