Paul V Hunter
Paul was born on 30 June 1962, in Robroyston, Glasgow. He studied Media and Communication (HND) at Clydebank College and is an award-winning short film writer and actor on several low-budget films. He also studies Scottish history and culture and participates in living history events, presenting medieval history of the period of Robert the Bruce and the Wars of Independence.
He has written two children's books: ‘The Adventures of Wee Robert Bruce’ and ‘More Adventures of Wee Robert Bruce’. The next book in the series ‘The Christmas Adventures of Wee Robert Bruce’, is currently in production. Paul is also working on a series of modern fairy tales inspired by the Brothers Grimm, whose homeland he visited in the Black Forest in Germany. As an artist, Paul has exhibited his Expressionist art in Antwerp and Brussels where he lived for seven years. He speaks fluent Dutch/Flemish.
Throughout the 1990s Paul worked for the 5-star hotel, Cameron House, upon the banks of Loch Lomond, during which he wrote, directed and acted in a pantomime production ‘Little Red Riding Hood’.
Paul now devotes his time to Storytelling for primary schools (The Regal Storytellers), libraries and heritage venues. He recently used his skills for charity work with Yorkhill Children’s Charity, where he donated the profits from the first print run of his second Wee Robert Bruce book.
About writer's work
Paul does reading/storytelling in Primary Schools from his published work. Ideally Primary 4-7, but he has done sessions with entire school audiences. A typical storytelling activity (As the Regal Storytellers) in primary schools would last approximately one hour. Paul dresses in character as King Robert the Bruce to tell a short story from his book. With him is his Queen, Elizabeth de Burgh (Sarah Crome). Ideally with one-year group (30 children) they create a Royal Chamber and the children have to behave accordingly. A lady-in-waiting is selected to help the Queen and a page boy to help the King.
As well as the topic ‘The Wars of Independence’ the sessions cover the Literacy aspects of the Curriculum for Excellence. Other topics have been ‘Homes and Houses,’ 'Medieval Life' and ‘The Clearances’. Most recent projects have been at Alexandria Library and Lennoxtown Library for Book Week Scotland. Halloween and Christmas storytelling sessions were given to West Dunbartonshire Schools.
Websites featuring the authorAuch BooksRegal Storytellers on FacebookAuch Books on Facebook
Current events and projects
Paul does readings/Storytellings from his books and new stories in the ‘Wee Bruce’ series for Primary schools/Tourism Venues (Most recently Lomond Shores)/Historical Events (Paisley Abbey Medieval Fair) and Libraries.
The event at Paisley Abbey involves two storytelling sessions. The group numbers can vary from as few at 5 to 100. The story lasts about 20 minutes and the children participate. Then there is a knighting ceremony and Q&A for the children. Paul remains in character for the whole ‘performance’.