Published Work

First short story collection, Occasional Demons (2000 - 11:9 Neil Wilson Publishing)


The Flamingo Book of New Scottish Writing

Shorts: The Macallan Scotland on Sunday Short Story Collection 1998;

Something Wicked: New Scottish Crime Writing

Damage Land: New Scottish Gothic Fiction
(2001); and Identity Papers (2001).

1000 Cranes: Scottish writers for Japan

Magazines / Literary

including: Rebel Inc.; Chapman; Northwords; West Coast Magazine; Front & Centre; Cutting Teeth; Chelsea Station


including: Times Educational Supplement Scotland; The Scottish Review

Bursaries & Awards

Recipient of National Libraries of Scotland / Scottish Arts Council 2006 Robert Louis Stevenson Award of two month residence in Grez-sur-Loing, France.


Recipient of Scottish Arts Council Writer's Bursary, 2009.


Blood Ties and The Pear broadcast on BBC Radio 4. How Will You Grieve broadcast on local radio.

Television & Film

First short film script, The Practicality of Magnolia, in receipt of New Found Land award, 2002: directed by Clara Glynn, produced by Carolynne Sinclair Kidd for Hopscotch Films, and featuring Sheila Hancock, Stephen Duffy and Brian Cox. Shortlisted for Best TV Screenplay and winner of Best TV Drama and Best Music, BAFTA New Talent Awards, 2002.

First feature film script, The Island, long-listed for the New Found Film award, 2003.

Script for Higher English drama programme for BBC Scotland Education on The Cone-Gatherers, broadcast March 2004.

Contributions to script for BBC Scotland Education programme on Scottish Short Stories, 2005.

“...Soltysek writes broadly in a ‘Glasgow-style’ - powerful, sinuous, disturbing and, at times, violent - but scratch beneath the ink and you’ll find Occasional Demons is suffused with a subconscious central European sensibility. [He is an] expressionist, muscular [writer] who draws on the darkest recesses of the human soul.”

Suhayl Saddi, “Who's Next”, Product magazine


"Raymond Soltysek's palette is sombre, the gaze unremitting. A Polish Scot, his occasional demons move the central belt to a central Europe of the spirit. This is Wajda rather than Chopin - the spare, the pared-down rather than the flamboyant prose that brings the American "Dirty Realists" to mind too: another Raymond, Carver in particular."

Donny O'Rourke, Introduction to Unleashing 11/9: Untamed Voices.

“Of course, Europe is central to the texture of Scottish writing. Polish Scot Raymond Soltysek’s debut short story collection, Occasional Demons (Neil Wilson Publishing, 2001), shortlisted for the Saltire First Book of the Year Award, was as full of diamonds as demons. Soltysek is a trained Assertive Discipline Leader, which, edgy and original as his writing is, makes him stereotypically Scottish.”

Willy Maley, “Border-crossing: New Scotland, New Scots, and New Scottish Writing”