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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Marouso Athanasiou, Greece

Marouso Athanasiou, Greece

Marouso Athanasiou, Greece


The Poems


they used to seal my voice shut with thread and needle
place I'm told is mother boiled down
and I'm her and I'm him
the same footfalls transiting the night
so let the one who dips come drown me
the son to birth the daughter in me all over again

(Μετάφραση στα Αγγλικά: Δημήτρης Μαύρος)



κλείδωναν τη φωνή μου με βελόνα και κλωστή
ο τόπος λένε είναι η περίληψη της μάνας
κι εγώ είμαι αυτή κι αυτός
ίδια πατήματα της νύχτας
να 'ρθεί λοιπόν ο βουτηχτής για να με πνίξει
γιος να με γεννήσει κόρη απ' την αρχή

* * *


four days dead it's a full life
dirt stealing dirt leaving over but a smile
mundane as a tooth pain in the mirror


τέσσερις μέρες νεκρός είναι πολλή ζωή
χώμα που κλέβει χώμα και δίνει ρέστα ένα χαμόγελο
τόσο αδιάφορο όσο ένας πονόδοντος στον καθρέφτη


rubbing against my ankles
tangling under my dress
mirrors are drifting about
looking for a locus
and time tars my hair black
falling on my back are crumpled blades


τρίβεται στα πόδια μου
μπερδεύεται κάτω απ' το φουστάνι μου
γύρω καθρέφτες παραδέρνουν
ψάχνουν τη θέση τους
κι ο χρόνος κάνει τα μαλλιά μου ολόμαυρα
χύνονται στην πλάτη μου σπαθιά τσαλακωμένα


I hazard the April war
the spasm in the crumpling burden
I hazard the hands
which will seize the child before the grave
and you're just
standing there
woman astride the horse


τολμάω τον πόλεμο του Απρίλη
τον σπασμό στο τσαλάκωμα του βάρους
τολμάω τα χέρια
που θα το αρπάξουν το παιδί πάνω απ' τον τάφο
κι εσύ εκεί
να στέκεις
γυναίκα καβάλα στο άλογο


the enormous mouth wolfs the girl
she won't even flinch
clothing the black dress
she digs a burrow using my hands

during the fire
oh the birds god sends me


το μεγάλο στόμα τρώει το κορίτσι
εκείνο ούτε που σαλεύει
ντύνει το μαύρο φουστάνι
κι ανοίγει ένα λαγούμι με τα χέρια μου

την ώρα της φωτιάς
τι πουλιά μού στέλνει ο θεός

(Μετάφραση στα Αγγλικά: Δημήτρης Μαύρος)

The Poet

Marouso Athanasiou was born in Athens. She has published the poetry collections Theta Diary (Ypokeimeno, 2018) and Sometimes the She-Wolf (Thraka, 2019).


Η Μαρουσώ Αθανασίου γεννήθηκε στην Αθήνα. Έχει εκδώσει τις συλλογές ποίησης Ημερολόγιο Θήτα (Υποκείμενο, 2018) και Μερικές φορές η Λύκαινα (Θράκα, 2019).

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