Patras World Poetry Festival 2021

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4th “Patras World Poetry Festival 2021

13th - 19th of December

LIVE & ON LINE EVENTS

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 www.culturebook.gr 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 culturebook.gr 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.
  • Art Exhibition: “CONFINEMENT-FREEDOM-HUMAN REVOLUTIONS”
  • 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 (culturebook.gr), 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 www.culturebook.gr.

Sincerely,

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

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EVENT MANAGER

Maria Alaniadi

Communication:

poetryfestival@culturebook.gr

grafeion.poihseos@culturebook.gr

Archival content available on www.culturebook.gr 

Antonis D. Skiathas, Greece

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Antonis D. Skiathas, Greece

The Poems

The salpinx

There are,
days with sobs like heavers
in nocturnal patrols,
there are,
nights with brothers slaughtered
in blasphemies of consciousness,
there are lives with workers mailing birth pains
and desires bulimic to wives expectant,
for a sunday feast,
laid out on linen tablecloth,
a pitcher of ice-cold water
and beef roast, steeped in thyme.

There are lacerated people,
every day of the year
who decrepit, unrecognizable,
in the deep of night
hear the execution salpinx.


*



Η σάλπιγγα

Υπάρχουν,
μέρες με λυγμούς χαμάληδες
στα περίπολα της νύχτας,
υπάρχουν,
νύχτες με σφαγμένους αδερφούς
στα βλάσφημα της συνείδησης,
ζωές με εργάτες που ταχυδρομούν ωδίνες
και επιθυμίες βουλιμικές σε εγκυμονούσες συζύγους,
για ένα κυριακάτικο τραπέζι,
στρωμένο με λινό τραπεζομάντηλο,
μια καράφα παγωμένο νερό
και ένα ταψί κρέας, βουτηγμένο στο θυμάρι.

Υπάρχουν πληγιασμένοι άνθρωποι,
όλες τις μέρες του έτους
π' αγνώριστοι, γερασμένοι,
στα βαθιά μεσάνυχτα
ακούν τη σάλπιγγα της εκτέλεσης.


* * * 


Invocation

In times
then of long fasting
an unfortunate commencement
of memorial services
for the dreadful summertide
an unfortunate
ceasing
too of little home gatherings.

Ever since
loneliness
is ubiquitously read.



*


Δέηση

Σε περιόδους
λοιπόν μεγάλης νηστείας
ατυχώς ξεκίνησαν
τα μνημόσυνα
για το φρικτό θέρος
ατυχώς
σταμάτησαν
κι οι μικρές συγκεντρώσεις στα σπίτια.

Έκτοτε
η μοναξιά
διαβάζεται παντού.


The Poet

Antonis D. Skiathas was born in Athens, 1960, and today lives in Patras, Greece. He studied Chemical Engineering and in Master's programs for Art Work Conservation and also for Creative Writing. He is a poet, anthologist, and literary critic. Thirteen poetry collections, and other works of his, have been published. His poems have been translated into fifteen languages and he has been anthologized both within Greece and abroad. His articles and essays on poetry, history, and education have appeared in newspapers and periodicals. He is a member of the Writers Collaboration and the Circle of Poets. In the '90s he co-edited the literary magazine Ελίτροχος. Subsequently he created and managed the Bureau of Poetry, the Jean Moréas awards, Culture Book (https://www.culturebook.gr/), and he is the chairman of the Greek Library of London. In 2020, the E.U.N.I.C.[1] honored him by appointing him representative poet of Greece in the United Kingdom. He teaches poetry in two different Master's Programs for Creative Writing.[2] [3]

[1] European Union National Institutes for Culture
[2] Interdisciplinary Master's Programs for Creative Writing, University of Western Macedonia and Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.[3] Master's Program in Creative Writing, University of Western Macedonia and Hellenic Open University.

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Ο Αντώνης Δ. Σκιαθάς γεννήθηκε στην Αθήνα το 1960 και σήμερα ζει στην Πάτρα. Σπούδασε Χημικός Μηχανικός με μεταπτυχιακές σπουδές στην Συντήρηση Έργων Τέχνης και στη Δημιουργική Γραφή. Είναι ποιητής, ανθολόγος και κριτικός λογοτεχνίας. Έχουν εκδοθεί 13 ποιητικές συλλογές και άλλα βιβλία του. Ποιήματά του έχουν μεταφραστεί σε 15 γλώσσες ενώ έχουν συμπεριληφθεί σε ανθολογίες στην Ελλάδα και στο εξωτερικό. Άρθρα και δοκίμιά του για την ποίηση, την ιστορία και την εκπαίδευση έχουν δημοσιευτεί σε εφημερίδες και περιοδικά. Είναι μέλος της Εταιρείας Συγγραφέων και του Κύκλου Ποιητών και πρόεδρος της Greek Library Of London. Συνδιηύθυνε το λογοτεχνικό περιοδικό "Ελίτροχος" στη δεκαετία του '90. Στη συνέχεια δημιούργησε και διαχειρίζεται το "Γραφείον Ποιήσεως" , τα Βραβεία Ποίησης "Zαν Mορεάς" το Culture Book https://www.culturebook.gr/ και το Patras World Poetry Festival. Το 2020 τιμήθηκε από τον φορέα πολιτισμού στην Ευρωπαϊκή Ένωση EUNIC, να εκπροσωπήσει την Ελλάδα ως ποιητής στο Ηνωμένο Βασίλειο. Διδάσκει ποίηση στο Διατμηματικό Μεταπτυχιακό Τμήμα Δημιουργικής Γραφής του Πανεπιστημίου Δυτικής Μακεδονίας και του ΑΠΘ.

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