4th “Patras World Poetry Festival 2021
13th - 19th of December
LIVE & ON LINE EVENTS
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 www.culturebook.gr including both main and side events:
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.
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.
Newcomer Poet Marathon: A night of presentations and readings of new poets, combining physical and online presence.
Parallel Events: (11th -19th of December 2021)
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 (culturebook.gr), 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 www.culturebook.gr.
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
Archival content available on www.culturebook.gr
Spyros L. Vrettos, Greece
THE PROPER MOVE
They were so much the same that as soon as she made a move
in her home, he, who was elsewhere, guessed what the move
was and saw her doing it as if she were there in front of him.
Or as soon as she started to make the move she changed her
mind because she knew he would surmise it was the first
movement when she was doing the other one.
So one day when she was getting ready to go somewhere she
put on some lovely clothes and penciled her eyes with the light
of day, combed her hair by inserting her fingers ready to move
straight down. Everything just fine up to there. And though he
was elsewhere he guessed at each of these things correctly and
she understood that too and went on. And when the moment
came the stairway was waiting with all forty steps for her to go
down but instead of going downstairs and losing herself in the
streets she went the other way, toward the terrace. Because
again she knew he would guess it was this movement and not
the other. And so she went up and though not a hundred it was
nearly that number of steps. And the higher she went the more
certain she became that this was the proper move and he having
guessed the move saw her as if she were standing before him.
And he was there. And she knew it. And still two steps to go.
(Translated by Philip Ramp)
Η ΣΩΣΤΗ ΚΙΝΗΣΗ
Τόσο πολύ ταυτίστηκαν, που μόλις έκανε αυτή μία κίνηση στο σπίτι της,
αυτός, που ήτανε αλλού, την μάντευε την κίνηση αυτή, την έβλεπε να
γίνεται σαν να 'τανε μπροστά του. Ή μόλις έκανε αυτή να κινηθεί, αμέσως
το μετάνιωνε, γιατί το καταλάβαινε ότι αυτός μιαν άλλη κίνηση θα
μάντευε, οπότε έκανε την κίνηση την άλλη.
SPYROS L. VRETTOS
Vrettos was born in Lefkada in 1960. He studied law at the University of Athens. He has published nine poetry collections, a poetry anthology, three books with essays and studies, and a short story collection. The first five poetry collections have been translated in English by Philip Ramp. A poetry anthology has been published in Italy in translation of Massimo Cazzulo. The Tanztheater performance "Medea from the beginning" by Maro Galani was based on the section of poems "Medea". Short stories from the book Enas aoristos anthropos were adapted into a play directed by Artemis Grympla.
ΣΠΥΡΟΣ Λ. ΒΡΕΤΤΟΣΓεννήθηκε στη Λευκάδα το 1960. Σπούδασε νομικά στην Αθήνα. Εργάζεται ως δικηγόρος στην Πάτρα. Έχει εκδώσει εννέα ποιητικές συλλογές, μία ανθολογία ποιημάτων του με σχέδια της Αλεξάνδρας Ζώη, τρία βιβλία με δοκίμια και μελέτες, και μία συλλογή διηγημάτων. Οι 5 πρώτες ποιητικές συλλογές του έχουν μεταφραστεί στα αγγλικά από τον Φίλιπ Ραμπ. Ανθολογία ποιημάτων του εκδόθηκε στην Ιταλία σε μετάφραση Μάσσιμο Κατσούλο. Ποιήματά του έχουν μεταφραστεί σε πολλές ευρωπαϊκές γλώσσες. Στην ενότητα ποιημάτων «Μήδεια» βασίστηκε η παράσταση χοροθεάτρου «Μήδεια από την αρχή» της Μάρως Γαλάνη. Διηγήματα από το βιβλίο του Ένας αόριστος άνθρωπος έγιναν θεατρική παράσταση σε σκηνοθεσία Αρτέμιδος Γρύμπλα. Επίκειται η έκδοση της ιταλικής μετάφρασης της πρόσφατης ποιητικής συλλογής του «Διαπραγματεύσεις», και η έκδοση της νέας συλλογής διηγημάτων του «Η ψίχα και άλλες ιστορίες».