Wise Words Poet in Residence | Alex Vellis


Alex Vellis is a poet, performer, workshop facilitator and producer of live lit events. He has performed at festivals and venues across the region, including Lounge on the Farm, City Sound Project, Canterbury Food Festival, WonderVille and Wise Words.

Alex was the Grand Slam Finalist at Wise Words 2015 and went on to Feature alongside Anthony Anaxagorou at the Gulb Slam.

In collaboration with Wise Words, Alex designed and set up a Poets in Residence Scheme placing poets in businesses across the city. He is himself the Poet in Residence for Wise Words,  Canterbury Connected and The Chocolate Cafe.

In 2015 Alex produced his first collection – each copy beautifully handwritten. ‘Journal Entries’ can be bought for £10 by messaging Alex directly.
In September 2016 Alex published his first book “Talking With Impossible Gods.” Through Whisky & Beards Publishing.

Alex runs events across the city and runs regular writing, performance and production workshops for emerging poets and producers.

“Alexander Vellis makes the epic sound intimate, and searches for beauty in the ugly corners. His work is free verse, hip hop inspired, nuanced spoken word that works as easily on the page as it does in the mouth. A gifted poet.” Joelle Taylor

“I enjoy Alex’s honest, accessible, and well-written poetry, which is delivered with an authentically friendly stage presence.” Dan Simpson