Patras World Poetry Festival 2021

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4th “Patras World Poetry Festival 2021

13th - 19th of December


This year, the 4th “Patras World Poetry Festival” boasts a variety of original literary events taking place between the 13th and 19th of December 2021, hosting a total of 70 poets from 20 different countries.

The occasion of a calendar year combining on one hand the memory of the Greek people’s fight for freedom, and on the other hand the contemporary experience of confinement, led us to this year’s thematic center: “CONFINEMENT-FREEDOM-HUMAN REVOLUTIONS”. We bring novel aims and ideas, along with a greater and more essential need for expression, synergy and communication.

For 2021, the festival’s programme will be extended from 4 days to 7, hosting a multitude of events for audiences and participants both Greek and foreign, raising the bar and aiming to establish a tradition of cultural celebration.

This year too, for its most part, the Festival will be held online, a blended programme combining physical and online activities as adjusted to Covid-19 regulations, in a shifting terrain of cultural events during the pandemic.

The events of the week’s programme will take place in three (3) different places in Patras, each one of them a space for hosting cultural events. The events will be broadcasted ONLINE on the website including both main and side events:

Main Events:

  • 15th-18th December 2021

Five (5) Online Poetry Meetings including Readings and Roundtables: There will be lecterns where the guest poets will be presented; their works will be read (in 2 languages). The guest poets will also participate in the roundtables and discuss topics revolving around poetry and criticism.

  • 18th December 2021

Online Award Ceremony for the Greek “Jean Moréas” Poetry Award for 2021: The annual ceremony for the “Jean Moréas” Awards for Greek poetic art and production in its entire spectrum.

  • 16th December 2021

Newcomer Poet Marathon: A night of presentations and readings of new poets, combining physical and online presence.

Parallel Events: (11th -19th of December 2021)

  • Festival Anthology: Limited trilingual book edition plus eBook.
  • Online shows:
  • #meet_the_poets: tributes and interviews online at the channel.
  • #videopoetry: presentation of video-poetry online.
  • Poetry Set to Singing: music radio tributes to poetry set to singing.
  • Exhibitions:
  • Poetry exhibition: presenting the works of poetry
  • Book exhibition of Newcomer Poets: presenting poetry collection books from new poets; participation from established poets and publishing houses.
  • Poetry Alley: Presentation of poets and poems (the ones participating in the festival) on a central pedestrian precinct of Patras.

During both the physical and the online events, there will be participation from internationally acclaimed academics, novelists, critics, and representatives of institutions.

The Patras World Poetry Festival 2021 is organized by the “Grafeion Poiiseos” Poetry Foundation, the literary website Culture Book (, while it is annually held under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Tourism*. The festival’s events are supported by the Greek Library of London, the University of Western Macedonia, the Hellenic Open University and many other esteemed institutions, since the festival takes place under the aegis of the Hellenic Republic’s President.

The Patras World Poetry Festival is one of the largest literary institutions in Greece, certainly the largest of its whole region, and it has already drawn attention amongst esteemed festivals internationally. Every year, the city of Patras hosts important figures of world literature and offers a richness of events, including poetry readings, seminars and cultural activities. The festival’s vision is to promote Greek literary expression worldwide and turn this capital of Western Greece into a European center for literary studies. Through its actions, the festival communicates with various departments of Greek literary studies all over the world and it chronicles contemporary poetic expression.

A detailed programme will soon be posted on the festival’s website


On behalf of the Scholarly Representatives

Kotopoulos H. Triantafyllos

Chair of the “Patras World Poetry Festival”

Skiathas D. Antonis

Chair of the “Grafeion Poiiseos” Poetry Fountation



Maria Alaniadi


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Alexandros Santo Tihomir, Greece


Alexandros Santo Tihomir, Greece

The Poems


                    for Liana

I fade away softly
so you remain asleep
lightening up the corners of the room
with everything
I haven't kissed.
I'll lean on you awhile
Ι'll wonder
if happiness sleeps beside
an unexpected moment.
But you'll roll over
towards a direction
that doesn't contain me.

(Μετάφραση: Alexandros Santo Tihomir/επιμέλεια-διόρθωση μετάφρασης Sam Albatros)



                  στη Λιάνα

Σβήνω ήσυχα
για να κοιμάσαι συ
φωτίζοντας τις γωνιές του δωματίου
μ' όσα δε φίλησα ακόμα.
Θα γείρω πάνω σου για λίγο
θ' αναρωτηθώ
μήπως η ευτυχία κοιμάται δίπλα
σε μι' απρόσμενη στιγμή.
Όμως θα κουνηθείς
γυρνώντας πλευρό προς μια κατεύθυνση
που δε με περιέχει.

* * * 


                             for Dimitra

It was so pervertedly nice yesterday
so nice
and perverted
that I'd almost steal your cigarette
and smoke guilt again
dwell in the haunted
by young gardens homes of yours
and I stay there.
But I'm in fugue.
And I wonder
inside the last train
if the door will open
and you
will show up
in your sunny self.

Those who truly loved us
never understood us.

(Μετάφραση: Alexandros Santo Tihomir/επιμέλεια-διόρθωση μετάφρασης Sam Albatros)



                                      στη Δήμητρα

Ήταν τόσο διαστροφικά όμορφα χτες
τόσο όμορφα
και διαστροφικά
που μου ήρθε να σου πάρω το τσιγάρο
και να καπνίσω πάλι τύψεις
να κατοικήσω τα στοιχειωμένα
από νεαρούς κήπους σπίτια σου
και να μείνω εκεί.
Όμως είμαι στη φυγή –
Κι αναρωτιέμαι μέσα στο τελευταίο τρένο
αν η πόρτα του βαγονιού θ' ανοίξει
και θα φανερωθείς
ηλιόλουστη εσύ.

Όσοι μας αγάπησαν αληθινά
δε μας κατάλαβαν ποτέ.

The Poet

Alexandros Santo Tihomir was born in Athens in 1994. He is currently an undergraduate student in Greek Philology at the University of Ioannina. His poetic synthesis "Nathan: a journey to the inner landscape of a god" (Vakxikon publications, 2019) was nominated in the "Best New Poet" category for the Jean Moréas 2020 awards and it was included in the Anthology "The poems of 2019" (Society of Dekata publications, 2020). His last book, the narrative poem "Man was the treaty of peace: the confession of an incarnate time", was printed by Aparsis publications in 2021. He blogs at "Limonario":


Ο Αλέξανδρος Σάντο Τιχομίρ γεννήθηκε το 1994 στην Αθήνα και είναι φοιτητής Φιλολογίας του Πανεπιστημίου Ιωαννίνων. H ποιητική του σύνθεση «Νάθαν: ένα ταξίδι στο εσωτερικό τοπίο ενός θεού» (εκδόσεις Βακχικόν, 2019) συμπεριλήφθηκε στη βραχεία λίστα πρωτοεμφανιζόμενων ποιητών των βραβείων Jean Moréas 2020 και στην ανθολογία «Τα ποιήματα του 2019» (εκδόσεις Κοινωνία των δεκάτων, 2020). Ακολούθησε η έκδοση του αφηγηματικού ποιήματος «Ο άνθρωπος ήταν η συνθήκη της ειρήνης: η εξομολόγηση ενός ενσαρκωμένου χρόνου» (εκδόσεις Άπαρσις, 2021). Διατηρεί το ιστολόγιο Λειμωνάριο, όπου δημοσιεύονται κυρίως ποιήματα και δοκίμια.

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