Literary papers of Paul Mills, with three of his publications

Scope and Content

Comprises: (1) Autograph manuscript and typescript drafts of several of his poems, including 'Motorway' (later entitled 'North Carriageway') (1 f.), 'Cape Cornwall' (1 f.), 'The Polish Women' (1 f.), and ['Past Stoke'] (4 ff.); (2) Autograph manuscript draft of a critical essay on his own poetry, entitled 'An Island' (7 ff.), dated September 1978; (3) 3 autograph manuscript notebooks containing drafts of his play Herod (2 notebooks), dated September 1978, and drafts of his poem 'Catania Market' (1 notebook), dated April 1981; and (4) Copies of 3 of his publications, namely, North Carriageway (1976), third person> (1978), and Herod (1978).

Administrative / Biographical History

Paul Mills, the poet, playwright, and critic, was born in Cheshire in 1948 and educated at Sir John Deane's Grammar School, Northwich, and Edinburgh University. For several years following 1974 he taught English in a Birmingham Comprehensive School; he then held Writer's Fellowships at Manchester University and Christ's Hospital, Horsham (1976-1978), before becoming the last Gregory Fellow in Poetry at Leeds University. He and his family lived in California during the 1980s and toured around the Western United States. After his return to England he worked as a Lecturer in the School of Literature Studies at the College of Ripon and York St. John, York. His literary output has included several published collections of poetry, starting with North Carriageway (1976), several plays, and critical works. Two of his plays have been performed, at the Royal National Theatre and at West Yorkshire Playhouse, and, in 1999, he was the winner of the Poetry Business Competition.

Conditions Governing Access

Access is unrestricted.

Acquisition Information

The gift of the author, 5 August 1986.


In English.

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