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 

George Georgoulas, Greece

George Georgoulas, Greece

George Georgoulas, Greece

The Poems

Self-regulation

Below the surface of the images,
in the name of a sweet vanity
that I served without fail
my body is besieged in depth
So I took them out of me,
whatever I filled, I filled
another libation for those who had to leave
I'll try to remember life again
same city, same house
i won't regret it anymore
i will laugh at the rain swallowing blood and beer
in all this disorder
i will stop looking for symmetry in other bodies
and those old molars
i will pick them up from the table
genitals, nails and hair from the carpet and siphons
everything in its place will be again
A moving body
i will not regret for anything no more
in the same city in the same house
drinking blood and beer
unbearably alive
blatantly alone


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Αυτορρύθμιση

Κάτω από την επιφάνεια των εικόνων,
στο όνομα μιας γλυκιάς ματαιοδοξίας που υπηρέτησα ανελλιπώς
το σώμα μου πολιορκείται σε βάθος
Τις έβγαλα από μέσα μου λοιπόν,
ό, τι γέμισα γέμισα
μια σπονδή ακόμη γι' αυτούς που έπρεπε να φύγουν
Θα προσπαθήσω να θυμηθώ και πάλι τη ζωή
ίδια πόλη, ίδιο σπίτι
δεν θα μετανιώνω πια
θα γελάω με τη βροχή καταπίνοντας αίμα και μπύρα
Μέσα σε όλη αυτή την αταξία
θα πάψω ν' αναζητώ τη συμμετρία σε άλλα σώματα
και κείνους τους παλιούς γομφίους
θα τους μαζέψω απ' το τραπέζι
γεννητικά όργανα, νύχια και μαλλιά απ' το χαλί και τα σιφόνια
στη θέση τους όλα θα μπουν και πάλι
Ένα σώμα κινούν
δεν θα μετανιώνω πια για τίποτα
στην ίδια πόλη στο ίδιο σπίτι
πίνοντας μπύρα και αίμα
ανυπόφορα ζωντανός
κατάφωρα μόνος


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Days of life

And when your dead become too many
who to single out?
Who will you love the most?
At which great art that expresses human drama will you turn to?
I remember you taking me by the hand
unapproachable place with a big child now
Sounds tough looking for versions
one for every single who left him
main names, combinations,
mother my god, father, father in heaven
and others for numerous beloved ones
Looking for ways to reparate gestures,
reasons and intentions, forgotten days
But it no longer makes any sense
the eternal lies in the afterlife
at present, they are dead,
and I'm starting to look like them


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Ημέρες ζωής

Κι όταν οι νεκροί σου γίνονται πολλοί
ποιον να ξεχωρίσεις;
Ποιον θα αγαπάς περισσότερο;
Σε ποια μεγάλη τέχνη που εκφράζει το ανθρώπινο δράμα θα στραφείς
Θυμάμαι εσένα πως μ' έπαιρνες από το χέρι
απόμακρος τόπος μ' ένα μεγάλο παιδί πια
Ακούγεται σκληρό να ψάχνει εκδοχές
μία γα τον καθένα που του έφυγε
κύρια ονόματα, συνδυασμούς,
μητέρα θεέ μου, πατέρας, πατέρας στους ουρανούς
και άλλα πολυάριθμων αγαπημένων
Να ψάχνει τρόπους να αποκατασταθούν χειρονομίες,
λόγοι και προθέσεις, μέρες λησμονημένες
Μα δεν έχει πια νόημα
στο μετά θάνατον βρίσκεται το αιώνιο
στο τώρα, εκείνοι είναι νεκροί, κι εγώ
αρχίζω να τους μοιάζω


The Poet

George Georgoulas: He was born in Ioannina. Having a degree in the Humanities and Literature, being a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Western Macedonia, in recent years, he has been trying to use the possibilities of literary reading and writing in confinement, in a different way and to establish them as social reintegration methods. His writing work is a study in the art of poetry, having published collections of poems (with the later entitled "Harvest Era", published by Mandragoras, 2020) while his research interests are mainly related to the study of theories of Literature and the study and didactics of creative writing.

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Γιώργος Γεωργούλας:  Γεννήθηκε στα Ιωάννινα. Με σπουδές στις Ανθρωπιστικές Επιστήμες και τη Λογοτεχνία, υποψήφιος Διδάκτορας Δημιουργικής Γραφής του Πανεπιστημίου Δυτικής Μακεδονίας, επιχειρεί τα τελευταία χρόνια να αξιοποιήσει με έναν διαφορετικό τρόπο τις δυνατότητες της λογοτεχνικής ανάγνωσης και γραφής σε συνθήκες εγκλεισμού και να τις καθιερώσει ως μεθόδους κοινωνικής επανένταξης. Το συγγραφικό του έργο αποτελεί μια σπουδή στην τέχνη της ποίησης έχοντας εκδώσει συλλογές ποιημάτων, (με την τελευταία να τιτλοφορείται «Εποχή Συγκομιδής», εκδ. Μανδραγόρας, 2020) ενώ τα ερευνητικά του ενδιαφέροντα σχετίζονται κυρίως τόσο με τη μελέτη θεωριών της Λογοτεχνίας όσο και με τη μελέτη και την διδακτική της δημιουργικής γραφής.

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