Roger Mills

Roger Mills (photo: Joe Mills)Roger Mills is a writer, novelist, and oral historian. One of his history articles was referred to as ‘an important pioneer study’ by Professor Tony Kushner. His previous book, Everything Happens in Cable Street, produced by Five Leaves Publications, contained exclusive interviews with anti-fascists who took part in the famous Battle of Cable Street in 1936. Also, many other stories up to the present day, including the area’s ‘red-light’ years and the Stepney school strike.

2021 sees the release of a new book by Roger.

In a second-hand bookshop in London’s Charing Cross Road, Roger came across a poetry book by Lilian Bowes Lyon, a first cousin of Elizabeth, the Queen consort of George VI, better remembered today as the Queen Mother. The book’s title, Evening in Stepney, caused him to wonder what connection this high-born woman could have with his part of town. From that day he began to undertake research into her writing, her struggles, her love affairs, and her wide circle of friends. His book is the first significant exploration into her East End years. BUY THE KINDLE BOOK

The Queen Mother’s Rebel Cousin: Lilian Bowes Lyon and the East London Blitz contains a lengthy article by Lilian about her experience of living and working in the East End at the height of World War Two, unpublished since it first appeared in 1945. BUY THE KINDLE BOOK

Roger Mills is an experienced creative writing tutor. He has run history workshops and his work has appeared in books, periodicals and magazines. He co-wrote a film on East London writing for Channel 4 and was an assistant editor of Rising East – The Journal of East London Studies, produced by the University of East London.