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 

Mania Meziti, Greece

Mania Meziti, Greece

Mania Meziti, Greece


The Poems


The nest

And suddenly I felt them all
I was looking the trajectory
of the mostly young grovelers
- my back was already hurting
because of previous jobs -
I saw the inconsistency
the so-called revolutionary act
of the fall of the syntax
so much mania to stand out
we were not reading anything
we were writing in order to excel
we were passive aggressive
pretending that we made a detailed analysis
waiting to take our revenge on
we did not even put a comma
Although the earth was collapsing
we did not mean to understand
that we had no time anymore
we fought like wounded animals
to get out of the nest
to show up ourselves
assuming that nothing happens
We were exactly what we are
and those in control
they struggled to keep it
but no one was coming anymore
The revelation of hell
was being accomplished gradually
Let's see now what we are going to do
with the word "performative"
if nothing else, my dear elitists,
we have some people to care for


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Η φωλιά

Και ξαφνικά τους ένιωσα όλους
έβλεπα την τροχιά που διέγραφαν
οι νεαροί, κυρίως, οσφυοκάμπτες
εμένα με πόναγε ήδη η μέση μου
από τα προηγούμενα επαγγέλματα
την ασυνέπεια είδα
την, τάχα, επαναστατική πράξη
της άλωσης του συντακτικού
τόση μανία να ξεχωρίσεις
δεν διαβάζαμε τίποτα
γράφαμε για να διαπρέψουμε
παθητικοεπιθετικοί
παριστάναμε πως αναλύουμε
περιμένοντας να πάρουμε τη ρεβάνς
ούτε κόμμα δεν βάζαμε
τι κι αν κατέρρεε η γη
δεν εννοούσαμε να καταλάβουμε
πως προλαβαίνουμε δεν προλαβαίνουμε
παλεύαμε σαν πληγωμένα ζώα
να βγούμε απ' τη φωλιά
να εμφανίσουμε τον εαυτό μας
δήθεν δεν έγινε και κάτι
όπως ήμασταν είμαστε
και όσοι είχαν
τον έλεγχο στα χέρια
πάσχιζαν να κρατηθούν
αλλά κανείς πια δεν ερχόταν
η αποκάλυψη της κόλασης
επιτελείτο σταδιακά
να δούμε τώρα τι θα την κάνουμε
τη λέξη επιτελεστικός
όχι τίποτ' άλλο, αγαπητοί μου ελιτιστές,
έχουμε κι ανθρώπους να νοιαστούμε


* * *


About a Sartre's phrase

Hell
is
other
people

if
the
others
are
you

hell
is
you


*


Για μια σκέψη του Σαρτρ

Η κόλαση
είναι
οι άλλοι

αν
οι άλλοι
είσαι
εσύ

τότε
η κόλαση
είσαι
εσύ



The Poet

Mania Meziti was born in 1965 in Athens. She studied nursing at the University of West Attica, literature at The Open University UK (BA, Honours Degree in Literature), and translation from English into Greek at European Center for the Translation of Literature and Human Science. She lives in Athens and works as a translator. She has translated books, poems and articles for literary journals, newspapers and online magazines. From 2007 until 2010 she collaborated with Ellinika Grammata editions as a professional reader of English-speaking literature. She is the editor of the online anthology poets.gr (https://poets.gr/el/), as well as of the bilingual anthology I woke up in a country. Her first poetry collection is Black she amongst (Kyma editions, 2018) and her second is Mouth (Koukida editions, 2021). Some of her poems have been translated in Swedish.

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Η Μάνια Μεζίτη γεννήθηκε το 1965 στην Αθήνα. Σπούδασε Νοσηλευτική στο Πανεπιστήμιο Δυτικής Αττικής και Λογοτεχνία στο The Open University, UK (Honours Degree in Literature). Παρακολούθησε τον διετή κύκλο σπουδών του ΕΚΕΜΕΛ για τη μετάφραση από την αγγλική στην ελληνική γλώσσα. Από το 2007 έως το 2010 συνεργάστηκε με τις εκδόσεις Ελληνικά Γράμματα ως επαγγελματίας αναγνώστρια αγγλόφωνης λογοτεχνίας. Εργάζεται ως μεταφράστρια. Έχει μεταφράσει βιβλία αλλά και ποιήματα και άρθρα για έντυπα ή ηλεκτρονικά περιοδικά κι εφημερίδες. Επιμελείται τη διαδικτυακή ανθολογία poets.gr ((https://poets.gr/el/). Η μαύρη ανάμεσα (εκδόσεις κύμα, 2018 ) είναι το πρώτο της βιβλίο με ποιήματα, και Στόμα (εκδόσεις κουκίδα, 2021) το δεύτερο.

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