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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Antonini Smyrilli, Cyprus


Antonini Smyrilli, Cyprus

Me and my Cat

Clinical Case

The Poems

Me and my Cat

Today we have the blues
and no makeup on

Me and my cat
have this queer relation
A perverse communication

We refuse to compromise
to normalize

We carry our grief
and like magnets
the grief of others

In a maze
we disengage
as we look for
our thoughts

impossible to get out
There is no Ariadne
nor a thread

Only so do we wander
with our blues
without makeup

(Translated by Despina Pirketti)


Εγώ και η Γάτα μου

Σήμερα είμαστε μελαγχολικές
Και άβαφες

Εγώ και η γάτα μου
Έχουμε μια παρά φύσιν σχέση
Μια διαστροφική επικοινωνία

Αρνούμαστε να συμβιβαστούμε
Να κανονικοποιηθούμε

Κουβαλούμε τη θλίψη μας
Και σα μαγνήτες
Τη θλίψη των άλλων

Σ' έναν λαβύρινθο
Στις αναζητήσεις
Των σκέψεών μας

Αδύνατο να βγούμε
Δεν υπάρχει Αριάδνη
Ούτε μίτος

Έτσι μόνο περιφερόμαστε
Και άβαφες

* * * 

Clinical Case
-What's that on your head?
The doctor asked me

-It's magic
Whenever I feel down
I shrink
and it soars

I cave in

-Weird girl

-It scares me
In there, it's never dawn
I have no one near
Me and myself

-Selfishly absurd, he said

The doctor got into his hat
and I into mine

(Translated by Despina Pirketti)


Κλινική Περίπτωση

-Τι είναι αυτό στο κεφάλι σου;
Με ρώτησε ο γιατρός μου

-Είναι μαγικό
Όποτε έχω τις μαύρες μου
Εγώ συρρικνώνομαι
Και αυτό ψηλώνει


-Παράξενο κορίτσι

-Με τρομάζει
Εκεί μέσα δεν ξημερώνει ποτέ
Δεν έχω κοντά κανέναν
Εγώ κι ο εαυτός μου

-Εγωιστικά παράλογο, είπε

Ο γιατρός μπήκε στο καπέλο του
Κι εγώ στο δικό μου

The Poet

Antonini Smyrilli was born in Cyprus in 1987. She studied Philosophy, Pedagogy and Psychology at the University of Athens. She pursued postgraduate studies at the University of Cyprus, where she is currently working on a PhD on the Theory and Philosophy of Education. Her poetry collection Βλέπω Ακόμα Παιδικά [Still in the kids zone] came out by Thraka Publications in 2017. She has also published the poetry collection Κάτω απ' το πάπλωμα (Sexpirikon Publications, 2020). Poems by her are featured in Anthologies and literary journals and also have been translated into English, German, Turkish and Arabic.


H Αντωνίνη Σμυρίλλη γεννήθηκε στην Κύπρο, το 1987. Σπούδασε Φιλοσοφία, Παιδαγωγική και Ψυχολογία στο Πανεπιστήμιο Αθηνών και συνέχισε μεταπτυχιακές σπουδές στο Πανεπιστήμιο Κύπρου, όπου εκπονεί διδακτορικό γύρω από τη Θεωρία και τη Φιλοσοφία της Εκπαίδευσης. Εξέδωσε τις ποιητικές συλλογές Βλέπω Ακόμα Παιδικά (Θράκα, 2017) και Κάτω απ' το πάπλωμα (Σαιξπηρικόν, 2020). Ποιήματά της δημοσιεύτηκαν σε Ανθολογίες και λογοτεχνικά περιοδικά και έχουν μεταφραστεί σε Αγγλικά, Γερμανικά, Τουρκικά και Αραβικά.

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