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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Marta López Vilar, Spain


Marta López Vilar, Spain


The Poems


I look at the tree bathed in sunlight. I look at its branches, its leaves,
I observe how its roots emerge from the dirt. The sun rises
and nothing seems to end ever. All things return to their beginning:
the wind, the little bird looking at me through the tree, all around the grass that's
growing. I near my hand to the sunlight passing through the
branches. Just a little closer and I could caress it. I stand still under
the tree. Everything fits in this light which penetrates the leaves. Everything.
Everything fits in my fingers. All of a sudden my name. All of a sudden my heart.
Tree, beautiful tree, who knows not of the night, protect me.

Poems of Marta Lopez Vilar, from her book The Great Forest (2019)

Translation (Greek to English): Manos Apostolidis



Κοιτάζω το δέντρο το λουσμένο στον ήλιο. Κοιτάζω τα κλαδιά του, τα φύλλα,
παρατηρώ τον τρόπο που οι ρίζες του ξεπηδούν μέσα απ' το χώμα. Ξημερώνει
και τίποτα δε φαίνεται να τελειώνει ποτέ. Όλα επιστρέφουν στην αρχή τους:
ο άνεμος, το μικρό πουλί που με κοιτά μέσα από το δέντρο, τριγύρω το χορτάρι
που μεγαλώνει. Πλησιάζω το χέρι μου στο φως του ήλιου που περνά μέσα από
τα κλαδιά. Λίγο ακόμα και θα μπορούσα να το χαϊδέψω. Στέκομαι ακίνητη κάτω
από το δέντρο. Τα πάντα χωρούν σ' αυτό το φως που διαπερνά τα φύλλα. Τα πάντα.
Τα πάντα χωρούν στα δάχτυλά μου. Ξαφνικά τ' όνομά μου. Ξαφνικά η καρδιά μου.
Δέντρο, όμορφο δέντρο που δε γνωρίζεις τη νύχτα, προστάτευσέ με.

Ποιήματα της Μάρτα Λόπεθ Βιλάρ, του βιβλιου Το Μεγάλο Δάσος (2019)

(Μετάφραση: Σταμάτης Πολενάκης)

* * * 


It was raining and the last light of the afternoon flickered. The landscape was fragmenting.
One last drop: the ruined tram, the synagogue, the destroyed Forest.
The dark sky resounding. Forget the birds. You cannot save them.
Tomorrow go pick up whatever survived, that which exists no more, like a shipwreck.
Start building anew the tram, the synagogue, the Forest of the birds.
And then rest.

Poems of Marta Lopez Vilar, from her book The Great Forest (2019)
Translation (Greek to English): Manos Apostolidis



Έβρεχε και τρεμόσβηνε το τελευταίο φως του απογεύματος. Το τοπίο θρυμματιζόταν.
Μια τελευταία σταγόνα: το διαλυμένο τραμ, η συναγωγή, το κατεστραμμένο Δάσος.
Αντιλαλούσε ο σκοτεινός ουρανός. Ξέχνα τα πουλιά. Δεν μπορείς να τα σώσεις.
Αύριο να περιμαζέψεις ό,τι επέζησε, αυτό που δεν υπάρχει πια, σαν ένα ναυάγιο.
Να ξαναφτιάξεις από την αρχή το τραμ, τη συναγωγή, το Δάσος των πουλιών.
Και ν' αναπαυθείς.

Ποιήματα της Μάρτα Λόπεθ Βιλάρ, του βιβλιου Το Μεγάλο Δάσος (2019)

(Μετάφραση: Σταμάτης Πολενάκης)

The Poet

Marta López Vilar (Madrid, 1978) holds a PhD in Philology from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. She is currently a lecturer in the Department of Romance, French, Italian and Translation Studies at the Complutense University. She has published the books of poetry: De sombras y sombreros olvidados (Amargord, 2007. "Blas de Otero Poetry Prize"), La palabra esperada (Hiperión, 2007. "Young Poetry Art Prize of the Community of Madrid"), En las aguas de octubre (Bartleby, 2016) and El Gran Bosque (Pre-Textos, 2019. "Margarita Hierro International Poetry Prize"). She is the author of the edition of the book (Tras)lúcidas. Poesía escrita por mujeres (1980-2016) (Bartleby, 2016). As a translator of literature, she has edited the books Dos viajes al más allá (ELR Ediciones, 2005) and Elegías de Bierville, by the Catalan poet Carles Riba (Libros del Aire, 2011). She is also a literary critic.

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