Roger Mills is a writer, novelist and oral historian. His fictional work has been produced by major publishers and praised by critics. One of his history articles was referred to as ‘an important pioneer study’ by Professor Tony Kushner. Much of his work relates to East London, where he lives and works.
Roger’s long-term involvement in the cultural life of the area has provided the basis for his latest book, Everything Happens in Cable Street, produced by Five Leaves Publications. The book features exclusive interviews with veterans of the Battle of Cable Street in 1936, the Stepney Words school strikers of the 1970s and a wide range of artists, filmmakers and writers working in the East London of today. Roger also talks to contemporary witnesses of the area’s ‘red-light’ years, a local rave organiser, and a real-life To Sir, With Love pupil.
Roger Mills is an experienced creative writing tutor, having planned and run courses and sessions at Eastside Arts in Whitechapel and the Mary Ward Centre in Bloomsbury. He has also run history workshop courses and organised conferences. His work in both fiction and in history has appeared in books, periodicals and magazines. He co-wrote a film on East London writing for Channel 4. Roger was an assistant editor of Rising East – The Journal of East London Studies, produced by the University of East London.