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Dr Richard Mills

Senior Lecturer

About Research Media


Richard's research interests are in Irish Literature and Popular Culture. Prior to St Mary’s, Richard Mills has taught at the University of Ulster, the University of Lodz in Poland, John Moores University in Liverpool, South Bank University, London, and a MA in Post-Modern Fiction at Goldsmiths: University of London. Since 2002, he has been a lecturer in Irish Studies, Film, Popular Culture, English and Creative Writing at St Mary's University. He has been Programme Director for Cultural Studies at St Mary’s from 2006-2012 and Programme Director for Screen Media for 2013.

Richard has supervised to completion a PhD entitled The Counter-Bildungsroman in Northern Irish Fiction. He is also a member of the International Association of the Study of Popular Music and he is currently Media Studies External Examiner, School of Arts and Media, Teesside University.

Academic Qualifications:

  • DPhil in Anglo-Irish Literature
  • University of Ulster, Coleraine, N. Ireland 1999
  • BA (Hons) English
  • Brunel University, Twickenham, London
  • English Literature, First Class Honours 1991


Recent Publications:


  • Closed Places of the Spirit: Maurice Leitch Interviewed.’ Irish Studies Review 6.1 (April 1998): 63-68
  • ‘All Stories Are Love Stories: Robert McLiam Wilson Interviewed.’ Irish Studies Review 7.1 (April 1999): 63-69
  • ‘Nothing Has To Die: Glenn Patterson Interviewed.’ Writing Ulster 6 (August 1999): 113-122
  • ‘Sam Hanna Bell, 1798 and the Death of Protestant Radicalism.’ New Voices in Irish Criticism. Ed. P.J. Matthews with an introduction by Declan Kiberd. Dublin and Oregon: Four Courts Press (2000): 116-122
  • ‘Apostasy and Orthodoxy: C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1950) and Forrest Reid’s The Retreat or the Machinations of Henry (1936)’ Young Irelands: Studies in Children’s Literature Four Courts Press, Dublin (2009)

Forthcoming Publications

  • Conference proceedings of 'Mad Dogs and Englishmen': Icons of Englishness in Popular Music, Lee Brooks, Mark Donnelly and Richard Mills (eds) (Bloomsbury: 2016). 
  • 'Rule Britannia is out of bounds': David Bowie and English Heritage. 
  • Book chapter in 'Mad Dogs and Englishmen': Icons of  Englishness in Popular Music, Lee Brooks, Mark Donnelly and Richard Mills (eds) (Bloomsbury: 2016) 

Future outputs include the journal articles ‘Strident Provincialism’: Shan F. Bullock’s The Red Leaguers and St John Ervine’s Changing Winds, 'A Lad Insane': The Influence of Vince Taylor and Syd Barrett on David Bowie’s Music and Lyrics and a monograph entitled The Beatles and Fandom.

Conference Papers:

  • April 1999. Trinity College, Dublin: ‘Sam Hanna Bell, 1798 and the Death of Protestant Radicalism’.
  • March 2003. Irish Studies Conference, University of Central Lancashire: ‘Postcolonialism in Bernard MacLaverty’s Novels’.
  • October 2003. St Mary’s University College, Professional and Creative Writing Programme Conference: Short Story: ‘Polish’.
  • April 2004. St Mary’s University College, Writer and Location Conference with the National Association of Writers in Education: ‘Brian Moore and Ireland’.
  • February 2006. Irish Society for the Study of Children’s Literature, Church of Ireland College, Dublin: ‘Apostasy and Orthodoxy: C. S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1950) and Forrest Reid’s The Retreat or the Machinations of Henry (1936)’
  • June 2008 Institute of English Studies, University of Lodz, Poland. Interdisciplinary Conference on ‘The Impact of the Beatles on Contemporary Culture’. ‘Expert Textpert’: Ian MacDonald’s Revolution in the Head: The Beatles’ Records and the Sixties.
  • June 2009. Institute of English Studies, University of Lodz, Poland. Playfulness, light (ness) and air in Irish literature and culture. ‘A Strange Sense of Dreaming’: Forrest Reid and the Northern Irish Landscape
  • September 2009. Conference, Transforming Audiences 2: Creativity/Knowledge/Participation, University of Westminster, UK. “Images of Broken Light”: The Beatles on YouTube
  • James Bond & Co: spies, espionage and thrillers, Safarik University, Kosice, Slovakia, May 21-22, 2010. ‘The Sudden Revolution: Bond, Bes t& The Beatles and the Transformation of Popular Culture’ with Dr Ian Inglis.

Conferences Organised:

  • November 2007 ‘Culture, Religion and Identity’ Conference at St Mary’s University College

In the news

Pro Vice-Chancellor to Launch New Series of History Public Lectures

Pro Vice-Chancellor of Academic Strategy at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, Prof John Charmley, is to give a public lecture on ‘Churchill and the Myths of Brexit’ as part of a new series of History talks at the University. Find out more...

St Mary’s Academic Signs Book Contract with Publisher

Dr Richard Mills, a Senior Lecturer in Irish Literature and Popular Culture at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, has signed a contract for his forthcoming book The Beatles and Fandom: Sex, Death, and Progressive Nostalgia, with Bloomsbury Academic. Find out more...

House of Commons Event Celebrates St Mary’s Book on Pop and Englishness

An event to celebrate the launch of a book co-edited by Senior Lecturers at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, Lee Brooks, Mark Donnelly and Richard Mills, was held at the House of Commons last week. Find out more...

Former Irish President Addresses BAIS Annual Conference at St Mary's

Former Irish President to Speak at St Mary's

Prof Mary McAleese, former President of Ireland, will speak at St Mary's University, Twickenham as part of the 2015 BAIS conference. Find out more...

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