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  • The Edge 79-81 Cheapside Birmingham, England, B12 0QH United Kingdom (map)

Funken.. what? Funkenwha? Is it a typo? Funfksjsdksrd?! Seriously? That’s not a word. Funke..Fun…ke? Funkenteleky!

...and like a seven-months-ago-thrown boomerang with 'Poetry' written on one side and 'Music' on the other, Funkenteleky once again descends upon The Edge for a night of whatever it is...

Whatever it is will feature excellent Spoken Word artists collaborating live on stage with excellent improvising Musicians, in a concoction of improbable funkonnectedness(™) that spills out over all of Birmingham, until even the mayor does the metaphor boogie.


Vittorio Mura

Vittorio Mura is a saxophone player currently based in the UK. He graduated from Birmingham Conservatoire in 2016, and has since been sought after as a performer across the country, appearing at major festivals and fronting his own quintet. He is due to move to New York in August to study at City College, where he has earned a prestigious scholarship. At Funkenteleky he will lead a band of accomplished musicians, with Daniel Kemshell on Guitar, David Ferris on organ and William Weir on drums.

Imogen Downes

Imogen is a poet, writer, and theatre maker from Bristol. She has previously worked for Rife Magazine and is currently a member of Bristol Old Vic’s Made In Bristol scheme. Her work, which has been shared in a number of venues across the UK, is influenced by the rawness of performance poetry and her experiences as a young woman. Having developed from a background in theatre, she draws on her experiences in storytelling and playwriting to create a strong blend of engaging performance and powerful writing. Whether humorous or cuttingly serious, Imogen’s work always aims to reveal something about the human condition; transcending everyday experiences to lay bare what it means to be human and to be treated inhumanely. “Infectiously energetic and pink-haired glory” - Epigram

Nafeesa Hamid

Nafeesa Hamid is a British Pakistani poet and playwright based in Birmingham. She has been writing and performing for 6 years at nights around the UK, featuring at Outspoken (London), Poetry is Dead Good (Nottingham), Find the Right Words (Leicester) and Hit The Ode (Birmingham). She was invited as a performer at TedxBrum 2016 (Power of Us). Nafeesa has also performed at Cheltenham and Manchester Literature Festivals as part of The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write, a recent (2017) anthology publication by Saqi Books, edited by Sabrina Mahfouz. She is alumni of Mouthy Poets and Derby Theatre Graduate Associate Artists. She runs Twisted Tongues, an open-mic only poetry night at The Station in Kings Heath. Her debut poetry collection 'Besharam' launches this month with VERVE Poetry Press.

Hannah Ledlie

Originally from Edinburgh, Hannah is a poet known for helping the University of Birmingham win UniSlam, an annual contest which combines unicycling with basketball. Hannah has also been shortlisted for the BBC Young Writers Award, a competition where entrants compete to Bring Bears Crispy Young Writers. The judges noted that ‘Hannah chargrilled the young writers to perfection and brought them to the bears with ease and efficiency.’ However, Hannah’s proudest achievement to date is learning how to spell Funkanteleki.

More poets TBA...


Are you a sonneteer with a craving to spit bars?
Are you an MC with a secret love of Haiku?
Have you the sudden need to perform as anguish personified?
Have your lit odes so far lacked only audience participation?
Have you an alter-ego that’s getting dusty?

Bluntly: are you a poet with a cool new, never-before-tried idea?

Join us as Funkenteleky goes exploring in the caves under slam mountain, where champions fear to tread. Take a creative leap and we will provide a cushion of warm, empathetic, slightly squidgy Funkenteleky for you to land on. And, if you’ve never been on stage before, then what is never-before-trieder than that?

Performances will be awarded scores on the criteria of: Jeopardy, *Whaa?!* and Funkenteleky.

The winner will receive the newly coveted Funkenteleky Slam Trophy, endless kudos, and the big ultimate mystery prize.

NOTE: participants in the slam perform without accompaniment from the house band ( our musicians will be otherwise engaged as... The Funkenteleky Poetry Slam judges!).

All entrants who go over 3 minutes will be docked points. All entrants who go under 3 minutes will be docked points. All docked points will be given homes in an imaginary village with a clock tower and an extensive backstory. But keep it to about 5 mins - I’m bringing an unbranded nerf gun.

A small number of entries to the slam are available in advance (message Jack Crowe or David Ferris or email A yet smaller number available on the night.

Btw, if your eyes just skipped from ‘slam’ to ‘entries’, then you might wanna go back and read the bit in the middle...


Funkenteleky III may also feature: a titillating red envelope, a skeptical Cornish organist, decadent literary snacks, too many props, after-poetry vinyl floorfillers, a burgeoning sense of abandon, and you - smiling, interested, unstoppable people, who are the heart of whatever it is, in the end.

Friday 29th June @ The Edge in Digbeth.
Doors 7:30pm, £5 OTD


Earlier Event: June 29
Ledbury Poetry festival