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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Sotirios Pastakas, Greece

Sotirios Pastakas, Greece

Sotirios Pastakas, Greece



The Poems


You would certainly have seen
the snuff from my cigarette
behind lowered awnings
among lovely ornamental plants
glowing at four in the morning
having again stayed up all night
in constant drizzle, a bottle of ouzo
and infinite cigarettes, something
certainly hasn't escaped your eyes,
a mere footnote in the text
of your own night,
a reminder and reference
to all the countless losses;
one who's lost all he had to lose
lost in the end even his sleep too.

Την καύτρα απ' το τσιγάρο μου
θα την είδατε βέβαια,
πίσω από κατεβασμένες τέντες
ανάμεσα σε καλλωπιστικά φυτά
να φέγγει την τετάρτη πρωινή
αφού ξενύχτησα και πάλι απόψε,
με ψιλοβρόχι, μαυρογιαννάκη
και τσιγάρα άπειρα, κάτι
δεν μπορεί θα πήρε το μάτι σας,
απλή υποσημείωση στο κείμενο
της δικιάς σας νύχτας,
υπενθύμιση κι αναγωγή
σε όλες τις αναρίθμητες απώλειες,
ένας που έχασε ό,τι είχε να χάσει
έχασε στο τέλος και τον ύπνο του.


A man with his dog
at the pier of Nafplion
one Spring Sunday
doesn't remember at all if he's ever loved,
if he's been loved, if he was ever tied
with vows and kisses
to beauty, like the dog
on his chain, and he goes on:
women are forgiven in life,
men after death.

Ένας άντρας με το σκύλο του
στην αποβάθρα του Ναυπλίου,
Άνοιξη Κυριακή
δεν θυμάται καν αν αγάπησε,
αν τον αγάπησαν, αν είχε δεθεί
με όρκους και φιλιά
στα κάλλη, σαν το σκυλί
στην αλυσίδα του, και προχωράει:
οι γυναίκες συγχωρούνται εν ζωή,
οι άντρες μετά θάνατον.

(Translated by Jack Hirschman and Aggelos Sakis)

The Poet

Sotirios Pastakas (Larissa, 1954), poet. He studied Medicine in Rome and Psychiatry in Athens. He has published 17 poetry collections. It has been translated into 17 languages and has taken part in international poetry festivals (San Francisco, Sarajevo, Izmir, Rome, Naples, Siena, Cairo, Istanbul, Medellin). Three poetry collections (Corpo a corpo, Jorge, Monte Egaleo) are published in Italy, where he won the NordSud Prize in 2016, one in the USA (Food Line), and one in Spain (Cuerpo a cuerpo). In 2019 he donated his library to the Municipal Library of Rapsani. He is a member since 1994 of the Greek Writers' Society and National Coordinator of the World Poetry Movement (WPM) for Greece.


Σωτήρης Παστάκας (Λάρισα, 1954), ποιητής. Σπούδασε Ιατρική στη Ρώμη και Ψυχιατρική στην Αθήνα. Έχει εκδώσει 17 ποιητικές συλλογές. Έχει μεταφραστεί σε 17 γλώσσες και έχει λάβει μέρος σε διεθνή φεστιβάλ ποίησης (Σαν Φρανσίσκο, Σαράγιεβο, Σμύρνη, Ρώμη, Νάπολη, Σιένα, Κάιρο, Κωνσταντινούπολη, Μεδεγίν). Τρεις ποιητικές συλλογές (Corpo a corpo, Jorge, Monte Egaleo) κυκλοφορούν στην Ιταλία, όπου απέσπασε το Βραβείο NordSud το 2016, μία στις ΗΠΑ (Food Line), και μία στην Ισπανία (Cuerpo a cuerpo). Το 2019 δώρισε τη βιβλιοθήκη του στη Δημοτική Βιβλιοθήκη Ραψάνης. Είναι μέλος της Εταιρείας Συγγραφέων από το 1994, κι εθνικός συντονιστής στο Παγκόσμιο Ποιητικό Κίνημα (WPM) για την Ελλάδα.

Penelope Zardoukα, Greece
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