Literature has been part of my life for as long as I can remember, getting lost in the worlds of books and writing has always brought me joy and solace. I was fortunate at a young age to be in a school setting with a diverse English curriculum which exposed me to the works of great writers such as William Blake, Maya Angelou, Carol Ann Duffy, Charlotte Bronte, Alice Walker and Toni Morrison to name a few who still continue to inspire me. I went on to study Theatre at University of Lincoln, and aside from a couple of plays I had written and helped develop; writing had largely taken a backseat during my degree until my final year when I started writing poetry to help me processes challenges in life. I continued writing poetry while I was furthering my career in Producing and decided to share my poems publicly online in 2014. I started attending spoken word open mic nights and began performing in 2016. My first gig was The Birdcage in Norwich that year, soon after that I met an amazing music and poetry producer called Amy Soapbox from GetOnTheSoapbox after signing up to perform at one of her open mic nights. I learnt to hone my craft on stage thanks to Amy's support and programming of my work. My work has been performed on festival stages and at events as well as local television radio. I was commissioned by my local BBC Radio station in May 2020 to write a poem for their Make A Difference campaign. I have been published in poetry anthologies with United Press, my first collection of poetry ‘Love & Loss: Collected Poems’ was published in 2017 and I am currently now working on my second book 'Warrior Woman'.
Zelly has written articles on Medium, SadGirlsClub and on her blog 'The Arts Living' as well as writing theatre reviews for Theatre Bubble and UK Theatre Network. Her Editorial experience has been a magazine issue GUCH News and more recently as Editor of a book published by House of Guramayle called 'Tikur Engeda: Queer Stories From Ethiopia' which is a collection of 12 stories written and translated by people in the Ethiopian LGBTQ+ community.