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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Stella – Louiza Katsampi, Greece

Stella – Louiza Katsampi, Greece

Stella – Louiza Katsampi, Greece



The Poems


in the floor's corridor
a scent of sweetly blackberry pastaflora,
a scent of a child's toys,
a handful of school textbooks
a motherly smell was lingering.
(And do we all know the scent of a mother)

Smuggled up in the dusty midst of a carpet.
I weep, thereby.
The burden of such tenderness
how could my adult self withstand?

(Μετάφραση: Παναγιώτα Μελά, Ελένη Σικαβίτσα - Θεοδωσιάδου)



Στου ορόφου τον διάδρομο
μύριζε φρεσκοψημένη πάστα φλώρα,
με μαρμελάδα βατόμουρο.
Μύριζε παιδικά παιχνίδια,
σχολικά εγχειρίδια,
μύριζε μάνα.
(Κι όλοι ξέρουμε πώς μυρίζει η μάνα.)

Κουλούριασα στο χαλί τα πόδια μου
κι έκλαψα.
Την τόση τρυφερότητα
πώς να αντέξει
ο ενήλικος εαυτός μου;

* * * 


I wanted to live my life to the fullest,
and so, I became myself
that unripe fig
cut in a hurry
so as not to rot by any chance.

If only life were reversed,
growing old by getting younger
as wise as it should be, though,
to eventually achieve,
the ignorance of death.

(Μετάφραση: Παναγιώτα Μελά, Ελένη Σικαβίτσα - Θεοδωσιάδου)


Δεν είμαι είκοσι τριών

Θέλησα να τα ζήσω όλα,
έτσι έγινα κι εγώ
κείνο το άγουρο σύκο
που βιάστηκαν να κόψουνε
μη λάχει και σαπίσει.

Να 'ταν η ζωή ανάποδα,
να γερνούσαμε μικραίνοντας,
να 'χαμε τη γνώση πρώτα
στο τέλος
την άγνοια του θανάτου.

The Poet

Stella – Louiza Katsampi has cypriot-greek origin. She was born in 1995 and raised in Thessaloniki. Her bachelor studies are Preschool Teaching in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and her Master degree is in Business Administration sector, taking place in the University of Macedonia. At the moment, she is working in a kindergarten and her main hobby is electronic music production. Katsampi has published her first poetry collection (Romi publications, 2018) "Sarkini Theoi (Gods out of flesh) which is concluded in a common poetry book named "Anthropina daimonia (Human demons) along with Stavros Girgenis' one. Her second poetry collection named "500mg okytokinis (500mg of oxytocin) is published from Apopeira publications in 2020. Finally, she is one of the editors of "NOHMA" literature-philosophical magazine.


Στέλλα-Λουΐζα Κατσαμπή γεννήθηκε το 1995 στη Θεσσαλονίκη, όπου και ζει, από πατέρα Κύπριο και μητέρα Ελληνίδα. Σπούδασε στο Τμήμα Προσχολικής Αγωγής και Εκπαίδευσης του Αριστοτελείου Πανεπιστημίου Θεσσαλονίκης και ολοκλήρωσε τις μεταπτυχιακές σπουδές της στο Τμήμα Οργάνωσης και Διοίκησης Επιχειρήσεων του Πανεπιστημίου Μακεδονίας. Δραστηριοποιείται επαγγελματικά στον χώρο της προσχολικής αγωγής και ασχολείται με την παραγωγή ηλεκτρονικής μουσικής. Η πρώτη της ποιητική συλλογή Σάρκινοι θεοί (εκδ. Ρώμη, 2018) δημοσιεύτηκε στον τόμο με τον τίτλο Ανθρώπινα δαιμόνια, μαζί με τη συλλογή του Σταύρου Γκιργκένη..H δεύτερη ποιητική συλλογή της είναι τα 500 mg ωκυτοκίνης (εκδ. Απόπειρα, 2020). Τέλος, συμμετέχει στη συντακτική ομάδα του δοκιμιακού-λογοτεχνικού περιοδικού Νόημα, του οποίου είναι και ιδρυτικό μέλος.

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