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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Spyros Goulas, Greece

Spyros Goulas, Greece

Spyros Goulas, Greece



The Poems


At night the train passes by
and some stations are -you know- empty
no one is getting on
and you drag them stitched on the temples
like beads
and if the beads crack
like frosted glass
without meaning
the hat is still funny
no matter how you wear it
and if you whistle
to pause
to burn
to unpick the stations
to brake somewhere with a bit of light
you don't stop
and how could you
when you are validated for the terminal?



Τη νύχτα το τρένο περνά
και κάποιοι σταθμοί είναι –ξέρεις– άδειοι
δεν ανεβαίνει κανείς
κι εσύ τους σέρνεις ραμμένους στους κροτάφους
σαν χάντρες
και αν ραγίσουν οι χάντρες
σαν γυαλί θαμπό
χωρίς νόημα
το καπέλο παραμένει αστείο
όπως και να το φοράς
και αν σφυράς
για στάση
ξήλωμα σταθμών
κάπου με λίγο φως να σε φρενάρεις
δεν σταματάς
και πώς να σταματήσεις
όταν είσαι τρυπημένος για τέρμα;

* * * 


Βουίζω ανάσκελα πλάι στα σκαθάρια
η γάτα ξεκοιλιάζει τα αλεξανδρινά
σφήκες βαφτίζουν το κεντρί στ' απόνερα της βρύσης.
Σπαρμένη η αυλή αντίκτυπο και προδοσία
και ο έρμος ο τοίχος
που τρία καλοκαίρια στη σειρά ψευδίζει τον σοβά του
πήρε να γέρνει τόσο
που σκιάζει τα φυτά.
Μονάχα ο κάκτος συνθηκολογεί
και ανθίζει επιτέλους
μα πώς να τον εμπιστευτώ που έναν χρόνο με τσιμπάει;
Φόρα τα αγκάθια σου σφιχτά
τα κοίλα κρύψε
γιατί γυρνώ απ' την καλή
και άι σιχτίρ
με τις εκεχειρίες.



On my back, buzzing next to the beetles
the cat disembowels the poinsettias
wasps baptize their needles in the faucet's puddle
this yard is sown with impact and treachery
and the good ol' wall
that for three straight summers was lisping to its plaster
is now leaning so much
that shadows the flowers.
Only the cactus makes a treaty
and finally blooms
but how could I trust it, when it's been stinging me for a year?

Wear your needles tight
hide your hollows
for I am standing up
and piss off
with truces

The Poet

Spyros Goulas was born in Athens in 1991. He studied Computer Engineering & Informatics at University of Patras and is currently working as a software developer. His work has been published at The Book's Journal, Diastixo, culturebook and frapress magazines. He has participated in two poetry anthologies published by the University of Patras' literature team and in one published by Grafeion Poihseos / Culture Book. His first collection of poems has been published by POLIS publication.


Ο Σπύρος Γούλας γεννήθηκε το 1991 στην Αθήνα. Σπούδασε στο Τμήμα Μηχανικών Ηλεκτρονικών Υπολογιστών & Πληροφορικής στο Πανεπιστήμιο Πατρών
και εργάζεται ως προγραμματιστής. Κείμενά του έχουν δημοσιευθεί στα περιοδικά The Books' Journal, Διάστιχο, culturebook και frapress. Έχει συμμετάσχει σε δύο ποιητικές ανθολογίες της λογοτεχνικής ομάδας του Πανεπιστημίου Πατρών και σε μία του Γραφείου ποιήσεως / Culture Book. Από τις εκδόσεις ΠΟΛΙΣ κυκλοφορεί η πρώτη του ποιητική συλλογή με τίτλο "Τα περσινά τους βάζουν για καλά".

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