Jess talks about her
POETRY AND PLAYS
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.
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 book of poetry for teens
Arnold the Not Dinosaur
A children’s book
Perfect for children ages 0-7 years old, although readers of all ages can appreciate the sensitive story.
“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. “
(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.”
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.
I completed a children’s book currently with publishers for consideration.
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