Aboard the Earl of Pembroke off Cornwall
Paul Bryers is a writer and filmmaker, specialising in factually-based drama and documentary. Writing as Seth Hunter, he is the author of a series of critically-acclaimed novels set during the Wars with Revolutionary France and featuring Nathan Peake (see under Books).
Previous novels, written under his own name, include The Used Women’s Book Club, Prayer of the Bone, In a Pig’s Ear, The Adultery Department and Coming First, all published by Bloomsbury in the UK. He was the winner of a British Arts Council Award for Best First Novel and In a Pig’s Ear was named as one of the Guardian’s six Best Novels of the Year.
The Mysteries of the Septagram is his first series of novels for children and young adults. The first, Kobal, was published by Hachette Children's Books in 2008 and long-listed for the Waterstone’s Book of the Year Award. It was followed by Avatar in 2009 and Abyss in 2010, and in August 2013 Hachette are to publish SPOOKED: The Haunting of Kit Connelly, Paul's latest novel for children and young adults.
Paul Bryers has written and directed many factually-based dramas for television, radio and the theatre and adapted and directed films by outstanding playwrights such as Arthur Miller and Michael Bulgakov. His own films for Channel Four include A Strike Out of Time - based on the 1984/5 British miners’ strike - and A Vote for Hitler - based on events in Oxford during the 1938 Munich crisis that presaged WW2.
He has written, produced and directed many historical films and series for television including Nelson’s Trafalgar for Channel Four which was a finalist for the Grierson Award for outstanding British documentaries; the four-part Queen Victoria’s Empire for PBS which won the outstanding achievement award in the 2002 New York Film Festival; Murder at Canterbury for BBC-2 about the life and violent death of Thomas Becket; Harem for Channel Four about the life and power of women in the Ottoman seraglio; and The Line in the BAFTA-nominated Seven Wonders of the Industrial World series for BBC-2 about the building of the world’s first transcontinental railroad, across the United States in the 1860s.
He was born in Liverpool and educated at Quarry Bank Comp and Southampton University where he took combined honours in modern history, politics and economics. He joined the Mirror group training scheme for journalists and worked on the Mirror for two years before moving into television as a reporter and presenter for Southern ITV and then as a producer and director.
He has produced and directed documentaries in many parts of the world and was deputy editor and series director of Channel Four’s The Shape of the World and A Week in Politics.
He has taught creative writing to MA level at the Universities of Winchester and Bath Spa and is a member of PEN and the Society of Authors. Literary agents are Ben Illis at AM Heath – and for Film and Television: Norman North at The Agency.
Drama and Documentary