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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Leonidas Kakaroglou, Greece


Leonidas Kakaroglou, Greece

The Poems


It must be morning in New York now
the north wind probably blows and it is snowing
the timid light must be shining
no one would be changing the radio stations
until you decide

I smell your perfume in my hands
And discover a thread from your coat
I'll keep it and first chance I'll send it to you
I hope you'll write to me
So I can keep your address

Otherwise I'll keep the thread
A pledge of small life
That the sleet covered



Τώρα θα ξημερώνει στη Νέα Υόρκη
Θα φυσάει Βοριάς και το χιονόνερο
Θα στραφταλίζει στο δειλό φως

Κανείς δεν θα σε περιμένει
Ο ταξιτζής θ' αλλάζει σταθμούς στο ραδιόφωνο
Μέχρι να αποφασίσεις

Μυρίζω το άρωμά σου στα χέρια μου
Κι ανακαλύπτω μια κλωστή απ' τη ζακέτα σου
Θα την κρατήσω να στη στείλω με την πρώτη ευκαιρία
Ελπίζω να μου γράψεις, για να έχω τη διεύθυνση

Αλλιώς θα τη φυλάξω
Ενέχυρο μικρής ζωής που σκέπασε
Του χρόνου το χιονόνερο

* * * 


I go to inspect your house
Darkness everywhere
You must be gone
I unlock to smell a bit of you
But the house is empty
There are no furniture
No curtains
No smell
Everything is gone, you too

What can I do with the key now
Should I hide it in my wallet
Like an old coin passed among
The hands of many men
Or should I make a necklace with it
To hang around my neck
Just to understand why I choke
When I think of you



Το σπίτι σου παραμονεύω
Παντού σκοτάδι
Εσύ θα λείπεις

Ξεκλειδώνω για να μυρίσω λίγο από σένα

Μα το σπίτι άδειο
Ούτε έπιπλα
Ούτε κουρτίνες
Ούτε μυρωδιά

Έφυγαν όλα, κι έφυγες μαζί τους

Και τώρα τι θα κάνω το κλειδί

Να το φυλάξω στο πορτοφόλι μου
Σα νόμισμα πάλιο που από τόσων
Ανθρώπων χέρια πέρασε

Ή να του περάσω καδένα
Να το φοράω στο λαιμό

Να ξέρω γιατί πνίγομαι
Όταν με πιάνει λύπη

The Poet

Leonidas Kakaroglou: Was born in Chania in 1952. He studied Civil Engineering at NTUA. He has published 10 poetry collections and a novel. His poems have been published in literary magazines and have been set to music by Greek composers. His books: The Tigers of the Rooms (Hestia Bookstore 2017), Almost complete memory (Hestia Bookstore - nominee for the State Poetry Award 2014). Life and nothing else (Hestia Bookstore 2011), Exit Permit (Panos Street 2009), The days before the years (Panos Street 2007), Only time knows (Plethron 2000). The habit of calendars (Plethron 1995). In the white of the seabed (Plethron 1989). Almost close-up (Plethron 1986). Girl landscapes (1981).


Ο Λεωνίδας Κακάρογλου, γεννήθηκε στα Χανιά το 1952. Σπούδασε Πολιτικός Μηχανικός στο ΕΜΠ. Έχει εκδώσει 10 ποιητικές συλλογές και ένα μυθιστόρημα. Ποιήματα του έχουν περιληφθεί σε λογοτεχνικά περιοδικά και έχουν μελοποιηθεί από Έλληνες συνθέτες. Βιβλία του: Οι τίγρεις των δωματίων (Βιβλιοπωλείον της Εστίας 2017), Μνήμη σχεδόν πλήρης (Βιβλιοπωλείον της Εστίας – υποψήφιο για το Κρατικό Βραβείο Ποίησης 2014). Η ζωή και τίποτ' άλλο (Βιβλιοπωλείον της Εστίας 2011), Άδεια εξόδου (Οδός Πανός 2009), Οι μέρες πριν τα χρόνια (Οδός Πανός 2007), Μονάχα ο χρόνος ξέρει (Πλέθρον 2000). Η συνήθεια των ημερολογίων (Πλέθρον 1995). Στο λευκό του βυθού (Πλέθρον 1989). Σχεδόν γκρο πλαν (Πλέθρον 1986). Τοπία κοριτσιών (1981).

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