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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Nikolas Koutsodontis, Greece


Nikolas Koutsodontis, Greece

Frying oil

The Poems

Frying oil

I dream of the invincible tree
                           in the red soil
but everything is dark
a statistical reduction of the population and an
elevator shaft with all its colour.

The touch cannot reach not even
the forecourt of randomness
and I am left measuring the performance
of my salaried afternoons
and the manager's raid
upsetting in the pan
the settled frying oil.

My head in your hand
a joystick of flesh
but I am waiting for thunder to bleed
and for the clockwork
storms and showers to come.



Ονειρεύομαι το αήττητο δέντρο
           στο κοκκινόχωμα
μα όλα σκοτεινά
στατιστική μείωση του πληθυσμού κι ένα
φρεάτιο του ασανσέρ με όλο του το χρώμα.

Δε λέει να φτάσει το άγγιγμα μήτε
στον προαύλιο χώρο του τυχαίου
κι απομένει να μετρώ τις επιδόσεις
των μισθωτών μου απογευμάτων
και την επιδρομή του διευθυντή
που ταράζει στο τηγάνι
το στάσιμο τηγανόλαδο.

Το κεφάλι μου στη χούφτα σας
ένα τζόιστικ σάρκινο
μα εγώ περιμένω να ματώσουνε οι κεραυνοί
και να 'ρθουνε ωρολογιακές
οι αστραπές κι οι μπόρες.

Από το βιβλίο «Μόνο κανέναν μη μου φέρεις σπίτι» (Θράκα, 2021)

* * * 

Holy bread

When the dictator's iron sword
falls in the central square
two tourists' heads split open
and a little sun lake shows
the good will existing
in the Employ of the Heavens.

And the nuns tall like socialist buildings
recall last year's Christmas;
time to bless the cherries and the berries
and the hands of gas salesmen who trade
flower bouquets for the deceived Polish women.

Now we bend our knee
the metaphysical bell erases baby cries
like bread that vanishes in the mouth.
I feel cursed
as if I played Jesus in a movie
and I am now ready to say
the big YES to Catholicism.
             (Warsaw, 8.7.2018 / 9.1.2019)



Όταν το σιδερένιο ξίφος του δικτάτορα
στην κεντρική πλατεία πέφτει
δυο κεφάλια τουριστών ανοίγουν
και μια λιμνούλα ήλιου δείχνει
την καλή διάθεση που υπάρχει
στην Εργοδοσία των Ουρανών.

Και οι ψηλές σαν κτίρια σοσιαλιστικά καλόγριες
θυμούνται περσινά Χριστούγεννα·
καιρός να ευλογήσουν τα κεράσια και τα μούρα
και τα χέρια βενζινοπωλών που εμπορεύονται
ανθοδέσμες για τις πολωνές απατημένες.

Τώρα σκύβουμε στα γόνατα
το μεταφυσικό κουδούνι σβήνει
κλάματα μωρουδιακά
σαν ψωμί που χάνεται στο στόμα.
Νιώθω καταραμένος
σάμπως τον Ιησού να είχα παραστήσει σε ταινία
κι έτοιμος είμαι πια να πω
το μέγα ΝΑΙ στον Καθολικισμό.

(Βαρσοβία, 8.7.2018 / 9.1.2019)

Από το βιβλίο «Μόνο κανέναν μη μου φέρεις σπίτι» (Θράκα, 2021)

The Poet

Nikolas Koutsodontis was born in Athens in 1987. He studied Scoiology at Panteion university. He has published two poetry collections: Decalcomania (Entypois, 2017) and Just don't bring anyone home (Thraca, 2021).


Ο Νικόλας Κουτσοδόντης γεννήθηκε το 1987 στην Αθήνα. Σπούδασε Κοινωνιολογία στο Πάντειο Πανεπιστήμιο. Έχουν εκδοθεί δύο ποιητικές του συλλογές: Χαλκομανία (Εντύποις, 2017) και Μόνο κανέναν μη μου φέρεις σπίτι (Θράκα, 2021).

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