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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Fani Athanasiadou, Greece

Fani Athanasiadou, Greece

Fani Athanasiadou, Greece

A lesson in confinement

Between us the touch

The Poems

A lesson in confinement

A lesson in confinement
crossword puzzle for strong solvers
read the small advertisements
published in the local newspaper
until it was finally closed down for financial reasons
the employees took the last edition of the paper.
and started looking for work.
they carried the fame of a big newspaper with them.
they felt it on their skin every time. when they returned home
empty-handed. to be accompanied by the same answer:
Come back tomorrow.

(Translation by Xanthi Hondrou-Hill)


Μάθημα εγκλεισμού

Ένα μάθημα εγκλεισμού
σταυρόλεξο για γερούς λύτες
έγραφε η μικρή αγγελία
που δημοσιεύτηκε στην τοπική εφημερίδα
μέχρι που έκλεισε οριστικά για οικονομικούς λόγους
οι εργαζόμενοι πήραν παραμάσχαλα το τελευταίο φύλλο
και άρχισαν να ψάχνουν για δουλειά
βαριά η προίκα που κουβαλούσαν μαζί τους
το ένοιωθαν στο πετσί τους κάθε φορά
όταν επέστρεφαν στο σπίτι άπραγοι
να τους συνοδεύει η ίδια απάντηση: Ελάτε αύριο πάλι.

* * * 

Between us
the touch

We sit and talk
opposite each other
in two parallel
straight lined terraces
measuring the distance
behind the masks
to be accurate
to have some security distance
between us
the touch though
what has happened to the touch ?
we look at our hands
how did they become so crooked so abruptly…
the absolute secrecy between us
will prevail.

(Translation by Xanthi Hondrou-Hill)


Ανάμεσα μας
η αφή

σε δύο παράλληλα
ευθυγραμμισμένα πεζούλια
καθόμαστε και μιλάμε
πίσω από τις μάσκες
μετράμε την απόσταση
να είναι ακριβής
να υπάρχει μια κάποια ασφάλεια ανάμεσα μας
η αφή όμως
η αφή που είναι;
κοιτάμε τα χέρια μας
πως σκέβρωσαν έτσι απότομα…
η απόλυτη εχεμύθεια μεταξύ μας
θα υπερισχύσει.

The Poet

Fani Athanasiadou: She was born in Athens but she lives in Thessaloniki.She is a member of the Literary Association of Thessaloniki and a founding member of the literary group Ideokymata.She has published five poetry collections.Her poems were awarded, published in reputable printed and electronic literary magazines and presented in literary radio programmes in Athens and Thessaloniki. For all her poetic work she was awarded by the Publishers Association of Northern Greece.She was honored by the Women's Network of Thessaloniki, the Panhellenic Union of Writers, the Group of Literature and Art "Ideomorphs" .She participates in Anthologies and International Poetry Festivals, she has taken part in the Poetic Reading of women artists from 30 countries of the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. The National Theatre of Northern Greece presented her theatrical poetry. She participated in European Conferences/Symposiums about Literature,human rights of women and people with disabilities . She has occupied herself with theater,radio cinema.


Φανή Αθανασιάδου: Γεννήθηκε στην Αθήνα κατοικεί στην Θεσσαλονίκη. Είναι μέλος της Εταιρίας Λογοτεχνών Θεσσαλονίκης και ιδρυτικό μέλος της λογοτεχνικής ομάδας Ιδεοκύματα. Έχει εκδώσει πέντε ποιητικές συλλογές. Ποιήματα της βραβεύτηκαν, δημοσιεύτηκαν σε έγκριτα έντυπα και ηλεκτρονικά λογοτεχνικά περιοδικά και παρουσιάστηκαν σε ραδιοφωνικές εκπομπές Λόγου σε Αθήνα και Θεσσαλονίκη. Για το σύνολο του ποιητικού της έργου βραβεύτηκε από τον Σύνδεσμο Εκδοτών Βορείου Ελλάδος. Τιμήθηκε από το Δίκτυο Γυναικών Θεσσαλονίκης, την Πανελλήνια Ένωση Λογοτεχνών, την ομάδα Λόγου και Τέχνης ΄΄Ιδεομορφές'' την Ε.Σ.Α.Ε.Α. Συμμετέχει σε Ανθολογίες και Διεθνή φεστιβάλ Ποίησης, έλαβε μέρος στο Ποιητικό Αναλόγιο γυναικών δημιουργών από 30 χώρες της Μεσογείου και της Μαύρης θάλασσας, σε διεθνή Συνάντηση ποιητών, στο Φεστιβάλ΄΄Η αντανάκλαση της αναπηρίας στην Τέχνη΄΄στην Ποιητική εκδήλωση ΜΕΤΑ_ΣΥΝΟΡΑ/POST_BORDERS. Το Κρατικό Θέατρο Βορείου Ελλάδος παρουσίασε θεατροποιημένη Ποίηση της.
Συμμετείχε ως ομιλήτρια σε Ευρωπαικά Συνέδρια/Συμπόσια, σε Πανεπιστημιακές ημερίδες(Α.Π.Θ., Πανεπιστήμιου Μακεδονίας Πανεπιστήμιου Αιγαίου),στα Δημήτρια σε εκδηλώσεις της Γ.Γραμματείας Ισότητας φύλων για την λογοτεχνία, τα δικαιώματα γυναικών και των πολιτών με αναπηρία .Εχει ασχοληθεί με το θέατρο, το ραδιόφωνο τον κινηματογράφο

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