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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Ana Maria Oviedo Palomares, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela


Ana Maria Oviedo Palomares, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

The Poems


We are the root that resists
below the sand,
tangled in phosphate,
impossible to tear from the ground, even if they take everything.

We are keeping multiplying everywhere

I say here we bloom
and an invisible thread, like steel,
unites us.

We sing the same secret song
in hassania

We march
innocent, wise and strong
towards the light.

I say I am, I was, and I will be
(and a rose is a rose
no matter how small it is
even if they seem to have thorns left over
and they would find it floating,
in the water of a river of gold)



Somos la raíz que resiste
debajo de la arena,
enredada en el fosfato,
imposible de arrancar, aún si se lo llevan todo.

Hemos seguido multiplicándonos
Digo que aquí florecemos
y un hilo invisible, como de acero,
nos une.

Cantamos la misma canción secreta
en hassanía
inocentes y sabias y fuertes
hacia la luz.

Digo que soy, que fui, y que seré
( y una rosa es una rosa
por menuda que sea
así parezcan sobrarle espinas
y la encuentren flotando, leve,
en el agua de un río de oro)

* * * 

A doll that floats alone in the sea

A doll that floats alone in the sea
is an easy metaphor of death

Bones falling down again and again
to the bottom.

Girls' heavy bones
Girls who couldn't hold the doll anymore


Una muñeca que flota sola en el mar

Una muñeca que flota sola en el mar
es una fácil metáfora de la muerte.

Los huesos caen y caen
hasta el fondo.

Los huesos pesados de las niñas que
no pudieron sostener más
a la

The Poet

Ana Maria Oviedo Palomares: Born 1964 in Trujillo, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. A relevant aspect of my work has been facilitating reading and creative writing workshops for young people. I have represented my country in different national and international events, such as the Havana Book Fair (2006 and 2012), the International Meeting of Women Writers Caracas 2020 and the International Poetry Festival of Medellin (2021). I have published the books "De fuego o de ceniza" and "Dominio oscuro" (both 1997);" Flor de sal" (2003); "Ruegos" (2004); "Crueles, treinta y siete canciones y un poema de amor" (2007) and the anthologies "Dominio Oscuro" (2007) & " De fuego o de ceniza" (2019). Other My books "Flor de Sal" and "Crueles" are also published in digital format by the magazine "Tinta China", Seville. Texts of mine also appeared in several anthologies and have been translated into Arabic, Italian and Portuguese.

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