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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Esta Razou, Greece

Esta Razou, Greece

Esta Razou, Greece

The Poems

Around me the earth gives birth to
Inside me their juices
the flavors
like a pirate treasure chest
far from prying eyes,

And you?
Which flavor
empowers you and keeps you far from me?
Which juices drip in the mind
I no longer know anything, anymore
I watch the days
and listen to breaths

Where did those springs go
that first old April
where did those autumn mornings of Indiktou
Where can I find twilight colours
with odours of essential kisses
once forgotten
in a chest with a heavy lock
that remained closed

because someone missed
the riddle of the moment?

Like a corsair I await for you.
Raise your sword
and rule me


Γύρω μου η γη γεννάει
Μέσα μου οι χυμοί τους
οι γεύσεις
σα σεντούκι πειρατικό
πέρα από αδιάκριτα βλέμματα,

Κι εσένα;
Ποια γεύση σε εξουσιάζει και μένεις μακριά μου;
Ποιοι χυμοί σταλάζουν μες του νου
τα υπόγεια;
Δεν ξέρω πια, τίποτα
Τις μέρες κοιτώ
κι αφουγκράζομαι ανάσες

Πού πήγαν εκείνες οι άνοιξες
εκείνος ο πρώτος ο Απρίλης ο παλιός
πού στάθηκαν εκείνα τα φθινοπωρινά πρωινά της Ινδίκτου;
Πού να βρω μουχρώματα
μ' οσμές αιθέριων φιλιών
κάποτε ξεχασμένων
σε σεντούκι με βαρύ λουκέτο
που απόμεινε κλειστό

επειδή κάποιος αστόχησε
στου γρίφου τη στιγμή;

Ωσάν κουρσάρο σε καρτερώ.
Όρθωσε το σπαθί σου
και εξουσίασέ με

* * * 

When did everything get lost?
I no longer know, what time the day breaks
what time I account to.
where the sun rises and sets
where the darkness is drowning and where with blue highlights
it worships nostalgia

I look at the street
dry from blood
dry from water, from soil, from breaths.

I no longer know when everything became empty

and was left looking at the streets
the gurgling laughter of the moon
approaching slowly
to a certain game of Aheron.


Ποτέ πρόλαβαν και χάθηκαν όλα;
Δεν ξέρω πια, τι ώρα ξημερώνει
ποια ώρα μου αναλογεί.
πού ο ήλιος ανατέλλει και πού δύει
πού το σκοτάδι είναι πνιχτό και πού μ' ανταύγειες μπλε
προσκυνάει νόστο

Το δρόμο κοιτάω
τον στεγνό από αίματα
τον στεγνό από νερά, από χώματα, από ανάσες.

Δεν ξέρω πια ποτέ αδειάσαν όλα

κι απόμεινα κοιτώντας τους δρόμους
το γάργαρο γέλιο του φεγγαριού
να σιμώνει αργά
σ' ένα βέβαιο παιχνίδι του Αχέροντα.

The Poet

Esta Razou comes from Ithaca, where she grew up. In 2015, Gavriilidis Publications published the poetry collection "In Love You Take Shapes", and in 2019 the collection of short stories "Where the roar comes from". Her poems have been published in magazines, whiles she has participated in poetry anthologies. She works as a press and communication manager of the Hellenic Sports Federation of the Deaf, while she is a trainee as Greek Sign Language interpreter.


Η Έστα Ράζου κατάγεται από την Ιθάκη, όπου και μεγάλωσε. Το 2015 κυκλοφόρησε από τις Εκδόσεις Γαβριηλίδης η ποιητική συλλογή «Στον Έρωτα Παίρνεις Σχήματα», και το 2019 η συλλογή διηγημάτων « Απ' όπου έρχεται η βοή». Ποιήματα της έχουν δημοσιευθεί σε περιοδικά, ενώ έχει συμμετάσχει σε ανθολογίες ποίησης. Εργάζεται ως υπεύθυνη γραφείου τύπου & επικοινωνίας της Ελληνικής Ομοσπονδίας Αθλητισμού Κωφών ενώ είναι εκπαιδευόμενη διερμηνέας Ελληνικής Νοηματικής Γλώσσας. 

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