Jess talks about her



I have been writing since the age of 8 years old.  I wrote my first poems at 8 and wrote the lyrics and music for my first song at 9 years old. I find writing is an incredibly powerful way in which to process the world around me but I also love writing escapism pieces. I am a part of a few (read: way too many) fandoms and love connecting with others via fictional mediums.

To date, I have written poems, short stories, fan fiction, songs, and a mini-musical.

A few slivers of light

In 2021 I published my first anthology of poetry entitled “a few slivers of light”. This book is a very emotive collection of poetry written during my struggle with anxiety and depression and has touched a chord with many people, ranging from teens to adults.

A few slivers of light

A Few Slivers of Light


A few slivers of light is a beautifully written, vulnerable and emotive collection of poems from a teenager’s journey with anxiety and depression.

A Few Slivers of Light, now available for purchase online on Amazon, right here on this website or via PayStack.


“A 14 year old, who proofs that age is just a number, an old soul, who tackles mental health by the horns, and shows us the normality of mental issues by her exceptional writing skills. “

Raashida Khan

(Award-winning author, poet and content creator)

“Jess, you are living testimony to the power of the word as well the need for writing as freeing and healing. I salute you.”

Jess Robus

In 2022 I wrote and produced a full musical entitled “The Human Stuff” and hope this will make it onto a commercial stage in 2023.

Jess Robus
Jess Robus

I completed a children’s book currently with publishers for consideration.

Jess Robus - song writer

Your writing is so beautiful, your honest, broken language so moving.

Jonathan Roxmouth

Jess Robus shines a light on youth mental health in her inspiring debut book

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More than Food Magazine

A Few Slivers of Light is more than a collection of beautiful and evocative poetry. It is a revelation. An insight into the psyche of a young woman walking her journey of life while dealing with challenges, both internal and external.

A Few Slivers of Light is a beautifully written, vulnerable and emotive collection of poems of a teenager’s journey with anxiety and depression.

Author Jess Robus hopes she will inspire other teens and young adults to speak up about their struggles and to reach parents who might have children experiencing these challenges.

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Brent Lindeque
Good Things Guy

14-Year-Old Jess Robus is shining a spotlight on mental health with her poetry!

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Expresso Morning Show – SABC 3

A few slivers of light - Jess Robus

3rd Place in UKZN Poetry Africa Poetry competition

Winner of POETtree Youth Poetry competition

Kryptonite winner (95-100%) for original song in the Curro Create competition.

One of 22 nationwide selected for the Advanced Mentorship Programme for Curro Create – a mentorship project to create a mini-musical

Find me online!

You can find me on Instagram at @jess_celestes_musical_mayhem, on YouTube as Jessica Celeste, and on Wattpad as JCDuValier. Facebook and I also have a tumblr, but good luck with finding that.

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