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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Eleftheria Thanoglou, Greece

Eleftheria Thanoglou, Greece

Eleftheria Thanoglou, Greece

The Poems

In days won

He built houses,
bought more land
he sowed fruit and planted crosses
on three continents.
He married twice
had five children in total,
a couple of steady paramours
in furnished apartments.

All possessions cars and houses
given away in inheritance.
He tried to salvage something of his memory
in states of immigrants
to anyone willing to listen.

He passed away full of years.

The casket's shape
identical to that of so many others
and memory becomes a bone;
toy for the dogs.

(The Death of Birds / ΑΩ publications, 2021)

(translated by Manos Apostolidis)


Κερδισμένες εποχές

Έχτισε σπίτια,
αγόρασε κι άλλη γη
έσπειρε καρπούς και φύτεψε σταυρούς
σε τρεις ηπείρους.

Έκανε δυο γάμους
πέντε παιδιά το σύνολο,
με δυο τρεις ερωμένες σταθερές
σ' επιπλωμένα διαμερίσματα.

Κινητά κι ακίνητα
όλα δοσμένα με διαθήκη.
Προσπάθησε να περισώσει κάτι από τη μνήμη του
σε πολιτείες μεταναστών
σ' όσους ήταν πρόθυμοι ν' ακούσουν.

Απεβίωσε πλήρης ημερών.

Της κάσας το καλούπι
ίδιο κι απαράλλαχτο με τόσων άλλων
κι η μνήμη κόκαλο ∙
παιχνίδι για σκύλους.

(Ο θάνατος των πτηνών/Εκδόσεις ΑΩ, 2021)

* * * 

Making of impressions

There was a man
who could swim amidst the ocean
yet upon reaching the shallows
would call for help, he was drowning.
In the end they built him an island with palm trees
to shipwreck there
for they'd grown tired of his pretend drownings.

Ever since, the man comes up with gallows on the trees.

( The five ages of red / Publ. Pikramenos, 2017)

(translated by Manos Apostolidis)


Δημιουργίες εντυπώσεων

Ήταν ένας άνθρωπος
που ενώ ήξερε να κολυμπάει μεσοπέλαγα
όταν έφτανε στα ρηχά
ζητούσε βοήθεια γιατί πνιγόταν.
Στο τέλος του έφτιαξαν ένα νησί με φοινικιές
να ναυαγήσει εκεί
γιατί είχαν βαρεθεί τους ψεύτικους πνιγμούς του.

Από τότε αυτός σκαρφίζεται κρεμάλες πάνω στα δέντρα.

(Οι πέντε εποχές του κόκκινου/Εκδ. Πικραμένος, 2017)

The Poet

Eleftheria Thanoglou was born in 1978, is from Olimpiada Halkidikis and lives in Thessaloniki. She is a member of the editorial team of the online magazine and Grafeion Poiiseos. She has published 3 poetry collections: The five ages of red/2017, representation/2019, The Death of Birds/2021. Her poems and short stories have been published in collective editions, in print and electronic literary magazines.She has written theatrical monologues that were included in the musical performance Maria Polydouri ONLY WHY DID YOU LOVE ME by the composer Giorgos Diplas. Her poems have been translated in English, Italian, Spanish, Albanian and German. She is a member of the Writers Association of Thessaloniki.


Η Ελευθερία Θάνογλου γεννήθηκε το 1978, κατάγεται από την Ολυμπιάδα Χαλκιδικής και διαμένει στην Θεσσαλονίκη. Είναι μέλος της συντακτικής ομάδας του διαδικτυακού περιοδικού και του Γραφείου Ποιήσεως. Έχει εκδώσει τις ποιητικές συλλογές. Οι πέντε εποχές του κόκκινου (εκδ. Πικραμένος, 2017), α ν α π α ρ ά σ τ α σ η (εκδ. Πικραμένος, 2019) και Ο θάνατος των πτηνών (εκδ. ΑΩ, 2021). Ποιήματά και διηγήματά της έχουν δημοσιευθεί σε συλλογικές εκδόσειςσε έντυπα και ηλεκτρονικά λογοτεχνικά περιοδικά. Θεατρικοί της μονόλογοι συμπεριλήφθηκαν στην μουσική παράσταση Μαρία Πολυδούρη ΜΟΝΟ ΓΙΑΤΙ Μ' ΑΓΑΠΗΣΕΣ του συνθέτη Γιώργου Δίπλα. Ποιήματά της έχουν μεταφραστεί στην αγγλική, την ιταλική, ισπανική, αλβανική και γερμανική γλώσσα. Είναι μέλος της Εταιρίας Λογοτεχνών Θεσσαλονίκης. 

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