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Dr Shelley J Roche-Jacques FHEA

Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing and Performance


I am a writer, performer and researcher interested in the dramatic monologue and the performance of text written for the page. My collection of dramatic monologues Risk the Pier was published in June 2017 with Eyewear Publishing. I am interested in the idea of practice-as-research and enjoy collaborating with other writers, actors and musicians.


I began teaching at Sheffield Hallam back in 2005, alongside studying for my PhD, which looked at the use of time, space and action in the Victorian dramatic monologue.

My doctoral work led me down something of a stylistics route, using deictic analysis to examine the boundaries between the lyric and dramatic in poetry. I bring to my teaching an interest in narrative and dramatic action, and in the use of time, tense and setting in texts. This kind of approach helps students unpick ideas around narrative viewpoint, genre and voice.

My other research interests include contemporary poetry, flash fiction, the short story and the stage monologue.

Specialist areas of interest:

  • dramatic monologue
  • flash fiction
  • short story
  • comedy writing
  • contemporary poetry
  • deixis
  • narrative perspective

Specialist areas of interest

Dramatic monologue
short story
verse drama and verse novel
contemporary poetry
narrative perspective


Subject area

Creative Writing and Performance


BA Creative Writing
BA Performance for Stage and Screen
MA Creative Writing


Writing Prose and Poetry
Poetry and Poetics
Creative Writing: Major Project
Making Comedy
Scripting a Performance
The Contemporary Writer
The Workshop


Current research projects

‘The grass beyond the door’.
Forthcoming, 2018.
Part of a Heritage Lottery-funded project bringing archive material from Cannon Hall stately home to the community. I will be running workshops with a writing group from Barnsley-based charity ‘Creative Recovery’. They and I will use archive material to create work highlighting Cannon Hall’s links with the Pre-Raphaelite movement. We will perform our work at a public event in Cannon Hall’s Fairyland garden.

Selected research projects

‘Urban Forest’. Part of the Tramlines festival, 2016. A collaboration with other writers in which we each chose a tree in Endcliffe Park, Sheffield, and used it to write and perform a short creative piece. 

‘Somewhere to get to’. Commissioned by Signposts, 2011. A collaboration with musician ‘The Only Michael’ using words, music and found sounds to create a day in the life of city dwellers.


Journal articles

Roche-Jacques, S. (2016). In Which The Pieces Are Put Together. ENGLISH, 65 (250), 280-281.

Roche-Jacques, S. (2016). 'Out of the forest i come': Lyric and dramatic tension in the World's Wife. Language and Literature, 25 (4), 363-375.


Roche-Jacques, S. (2017). Risk the Pier. Eyewear Publishing.

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