Roger’s fiction work

Roger Mills’ novels, reviews and articles reflect his East London background. Several of his novels are set there, including Bad Fun, a thriller involving an unexplained death at a demonstration (published by Harper Collins), and the award-winning, A Comprehensive Education (published by Centerprise), Another of his titles, The Tarnished Wings of Angels, took him to Cornwall and an ecological disaster cover-up: it was adapted for radio by the BBC. His articles and reviews, which have featured in magazines and the press, including the Guardian, also reflect his wider interest in the cultural scene.

Some of Roger’s early writing came about through his involvement with the Basement Writers, formed by rebel teacher Chris Searle, after a headline-making school strike. Roger’s involvement with the group was featured in a 2011 exhibition and performance at the Whitechapel Arts Gallery in London.

Roger’s fiction work has appeared in various anthologies, such as Where There’s Smoke (Centerprise), Brought to Book (Penguin) and Sport (Oxford University Press). Roger has been the subject of a television profile, taken part in various radio programmes and co-wrote an hour-long prime-time drama-documentary on East London writing, Breaking Through, for Channel 4 (which features one of Roger’s rare acting appearances!). He has also devised street theatre in conjunction with the Cardboard Citizens group to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street. Roger is currently a tutor at the Mary Ward Centre in London, sharing his knowledge of fiction and novels with adult learners.