paul - paul bryers
writer and director





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 published SPOOKED: The Haunting of Kit Connelly, Paul's latest novel for children and young adults which was shortlisted for the Phoenix Award in 2015. 

He is also a writer, producer and director of features, dramas and documentaries for television, radio and the theatre.   Dramas and docudramas include 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; The Line in the BAFTA-nominated Seven Wonders of the Industrial World series for BBC-2;  Nelson's Trafalgar, for Channel Four which was a finalist for the Grierson Award; and Harem - a series of docudramas for Channel Four about the life and power of women in the Ottoman seraglio.  He was writer and director of the feature-length docudramas A Vote for Hitler and A Strike Out of Time for Channel Four and he has directed films for such outstanding playrights as Arthur Miller (The Golden Years) and Mikhael Bulgakov (Incident in Judea).

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 Bill Hamilton at AM Heath,Ben Illis at BIA – and for Film and Television: Norman North at The Agency.    



















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