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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Aristi Zaimi, Greece

Aristi Zaimi, Greece

Aristi Zaimi, Greece

Everyone counts in their mother tongue

In Ege's workshop

The Poems

Everyone counts in their mother tongue


If only language were
a city

If only words were
luminous, if they were

If only we spoke
in ancient
tree names


it is dark.
The artificial light
burns the eyes

cement is
in its permeability


The foreign language
aborts me
but thinking in it
I forget
the mother tongue

and the mother tongue

forgets me
and there is
no language left
for me
to think in

only a language
to count in


My language
a language
with broken
and re-
bones -
a language
for numbers

in an airport
passers-by and
if anyone alive
needs her
even if they're not
nor lords

but only prodigal ones

Poems from the book "Stravaigin, Wandering World" by Aristi Zaimi, published by Melani, 2020

(Translated by Lena Kallergi)


Όλοι μετρούν στη μητρική τους


Να ήταν η γλώσσα
να περιέκλειε
να μην

Οι λέξεις να ήταν
φωτεινές να ήταν

Να μιλούσαμε
μόνο με αρχαία
ονόματα δέντρων


είναι σκοτεινά.
Το τεχνητό φως
καίει τα μάτια

το τσιμέντο είναι
στην περατότητά του


Η ξένη γλώσσα
με αποβάλλει
αλλά από το να τη
ξεχνάω τη μητρική

και η μητρική

με ξεχνάει
κι εκείνη
και γλώσσα
δε μου μένει
να σκέφτομαι

μονάχα μία γλώσσα
να μετράω


Η γλώσσα μου
μία γλώσσα
με κόκκαλα
κι επανα-
μια γλώσσα
για αριθμούς

σε ένα αεροδρόμιο
διαβάτες και περαστικούς
αν ζει κανείς που τη ζητά
και ας μην είναι βασιλιάς
και ας μην είναι άρχων

ας είναι ένας άσωτος
που απλά γυρνάει

(Ποιήματα από το βιβλίο «Στραβαίγκιν, Κόσμος πλανόδιος» της Αρίστης Ζαΐμη, Εκδόσεις Μελάνι, 2020)

* * *

In Ege's workshop

It was the time when
with clay he created
he produced onyx and
and around them ashes and
cigarette butts and
hovering eyelashes

It was the time when he added
bronze details
Punctuation marks to contain
a few semicolons
for mystery
an apron to keep his clothes clean
alcohol to keep his mind clean.

His first man
he created
spinning centrifugally
around himself.

As if he didn't know that
whole things are the first
to break.

Poems from the book "Stravaigin, Wandering World" by Aristi Zaimi, published by Melani, 2020

(Translated by Lena Kallergi)


Στο εργαστήρι του Ege

Ήταν τότε που
με πηλό δημιούργησε
παρήγαγε όνυχα και
τα σερβίτσια του βραδινού
και γύρω τους στάχτες και
αποτσίγαρα και
μετέωρες βλεφαρίδες

Ήταν τότε που έβαλε
μπρούτζινες λεπτομέρειες
Σημεία στίξης για να συγκρατήσει
το χάος
μερικές άνω τελείες
για το μυστήριο
ποδιά για να μη λερώσει τα ρούχα του
αλκοόλ για να μη λερώσει το μυαλό του.

Τον πρωτόπλαστό του
τον έπλασε
φυγόκεντρα να περιστρέφεται
γύρω από τον εαυτό του.

Δήθεν δεν ήξερε πως
τα ακέραια σπάνε

(Ποιήματα από το βιβλίο «Στραβαίγκιν, Κόσμος πλανόδιος» της Αρίστης Ζαΐμη, Εκδόσεις Μελάνι, 2020)

The Poet

Aristi Zaimi was born in 1991 in Kavala, Greece. She studied law at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and international commercial law at the University of Glasgow. She lives and works as a lawyer in the United Kingdom. "Stravaigin, Wandering world", her first book, was shortlisted for the new voice in poetry award of the literary journal "Anagnostis" and for the Giannis Varveris award of the Hellenic Authors' Society. Her poems have been published in print and online literary journals.


Η Αρίστη Ζαΐμη γεννήθηκε το 1991 στην Καβάλα. Σπούδασε νομική στο Αριστοτέλειο Πανεπιστήμιο Θεσσαλονίκης και διεθνές εμπορικό δίκαιο στο University of Glasgow. Ζει και εργάζεται ως δικηγόρος στο Ηνωμένο Βασίλειο. Το «Στραβαίγκιν, Κόσμος πλανόδιος», το πρώτο της βιβλίο, συμπεριλήφθηκε στις βραχείες λίστες για το βραβείο πρωτοεμφανιζόμενων στην ποίηση του περιοδικού «Αναγνώστη» και για το βραβείο Γιάννη Βαρβέρη της Εταιρείας Συγγραφέων. Ποιήματά της έχουν δημοσιευθεί σε λογοτεχνικά περιοδικά, έντυπα και ηλεκτρονικά.  

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