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 Veis, Greece

George Veis, Greece

George Veis, Greece

The Poems

Time's (Simple) Reversal

«Through the orange tree's leaves
the day passes, cleaning its wings
silver words suspended: midday.
With your right hand you indicate the sea,
an absence of matter, tomorrow you 'll call it
departure. It's windy,
my ears filled with dust, truth's filter.»

I wrote and remained there.
Let me recall still more recall:

«My ears filled with truth, sand's filter
it's windy, return
a presence, matter, tomorrow you 'll call it
sea (again and again)
with my left hand I indicate
my silver seconds –
how they roll, how they return here where I am,
breakfast in Cairo or Folegandros in mind –
always the same hawk passes
cleaning its wings in the rain's wake
timeless.»

I write and remain here
present
inexhaustible.

Yorgos Veis, From: N, as Nostalgia, Athens: Ypsilon Books 2008.

(Translated by David Connolly)


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ΑΝΑΙΡΕΣΗ (ΑΠΛΗ) ΤΟΥ ΧΡΟΝΟΥ

Στην Θεώνη Κοτίνη

«Μέσα από τα φύλλα της πορτοκαλιάς
περνά η μέρα, καθαρίζει τα φτερά της
ασημένια λόγια αιωρούνται: μεσημέρι.
Με το δεξί χέρι δείχνεις τη θάλασσα,
μια απουσία ύλης, αύριο θα την πεις
αναχώρηση. Φυσάει,
τ' αυτιά μου γέμισαν χώμα, φίλτρο αλήθειας.»

Έγραψα κι έμεινα εκεί.
Να θυμηθώ ακόμη να θυμηθώ:

«Τ' αυτιά μου γέμισαν αλήθεια, φίλτρο άμμου
φυσάει, επιστροφή
μια παρουσία, η ύλη, αύριο θα την πεις
θάλασσα (πάλι και πάλι)
με το αριστερό χέρι δείχνω
τ' ασημένια μου δευτερόλεπτα –
πώς κατρακυλούν, πώς επιστρέφουν εδώ που είμαι,
πρωινό στο Κάιρο, ή σκέψη Φολέγανδρος –
περνά το ίδιο γεράκι πάντα
καθαρίζει τα φτερά του στο απόβροχο
άχρονο!

Γράφω και μένω εδώ
παρόν
ανεξάντλητο.


The Poet

The life of previous Greek Ambassador to UNESCO and prolific writer George Veis (Athens, Greece 1955-) revolves around making connections between Greece and other countries, mainly P. R. of China, where he served twice as diplomat, totally for 8 years. In addition to his 35-year career in diplomacy, he is also a reputable Greek writer who has written 28 books, including 14 collections of poems. Some of his works have been translated into nine languages. Georgios Veis won three times Greece's most distinguished literary honor, the State Literary Award, for his travel memoirs. Also the Academy of Athens awarded twice his poetry in the years 2008 and 2014. He is member of the Society of Greek Writers.

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Ο Γιώργος Βέης γεννήθηκε στην Αθήνα το 1955. Πρέσβυς επί τιμή. Σπούδασε νομικά. Ποιήματά του έχουν μεταφραστεί σε επτά ευρωπαϊκές γλώσσες, ινδονησιακά και κινεζικά. Από το 1976 ασχολείται με την κριτική της λογοτεχνίας. Μέλος της Εταιρείας Συγγραφέων. Υπηρέτησε στο Διπλωματικό Κλάδο του Υπουργείου Εξωτερικών. Έχουν εκδοθεί 28 έργα του, 14 εκ των οποίων ποίησης και 5 βιβλία μεταφράσεων. Έχει τιμηθεί τρεις φορές με το Κρατικό Βραβείο Λογοτεχνίας στον τομέα της Μαρτυρίας-Χρονικού-Ταξιδιωτικών εντυπώσεων. Η ποιητική του συλλογή "Λεπτομέρειες κόσμων" απέσπασε το Βραβείο Λάμπρος Πορφύρας της Ακαδημίας Αθηνών το 2007. Το 2012 του απονεμήθηκε ο Ανώτερος Ταξιάρχης του Φοίνικος για τις υπηρεσίες του στον διπλωματικό κλάδο. Το 2014 τιμήθηκε με το Βραβείο Ποίησης του Ιδρύματος Πέτρου Χάρη της Ακαδημίας Αθηνών, για το σύνολο του έργου του.

Penelope Zardoukα, Greece
Βραβεία Jean Moréas 2021 - Βραχείες λίστες
 

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