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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Yannis Stefanakis, Greece

Yannis Stefanakis, Greece

Yannis Stefanakis, Greece

The Poems


As if they were spikes
Spikes he took into his arms
the parcel of the books
dusty by time
defeated by yesterday

The signature of the poet
dedicated to the poet
with love-heaven, first firs page ∙
no problem in remaining a virgin
since no hand on them had been licentiousa
unsplit almonds
the shell soft

Maybe they remain again in the shade
on shelves, so that the light does not see them;

collector of signatures

From the book "Refuge God and other poems" 2014, ed. Gavrielidis

(Translated from the Greek by Katerina Anghelaki - Rooke)



Σαν στάχυα
Στάχυα αγκαλιά επήρε
δεμάτι τα βιβλία
σκονισμένα από το χρόνο
νικημένα απ' το χθες

Η υπογραφή του ποιητή
στον ποιητή
με αγάπη ουρανό, σελίδα πρώτη∙
άκοπα παρθένα
αφού κανενός χέρι πάνω τους δεν ασέλγησε
μύγδαλα άσπαστα
το τσόφλι μαλακό

Στην σκιά ίσως μείνουν και πάλι
σε ράφια μην τα βλέπει το φως∙

συλλέκτη υπογραφών

(Από το βιβλίο "Πρόσφυγας Θεός και άλλα ποιήματα" 2014, εκδ. Γαβριηλίδης)

* * * 

A Shadow, I look at,
engraved on a wall
side by side to the main road
and there are windows closed and a snowy night
only a young man carrying paint
in the next-door little street
she lets letters go out of her heart·
one moment I look the shadow· I peek the man
and suddenly the mind is empty

what went wrong?

You are asleep
you dream that you are a baby
holding your mother's breast in your arms
and then -supposedly- you lie on, clean sheets
you make love plunged
into the brain's disaster
now cartoons instead of a mattress you have
a blanket full of holes
and death snowing

a shadow I see engraved on the wall
in a narrow street next Exarchia square
I see you foreigner, looking and your shadow is empty

From the book "The world of things" 2019, published by Kastaniotis

(Translated from the Greek by Katerina Anghelaki - Rooke)


Σκιὰ κοιτῶ
χαραγμένη σὲ τοῖχο
παράδρομο σὲ κεντρικὴ ὁδὸ
κι εἶναι παράθυρα κλειστὰ καὶ νύχτα νὰ χιονίζει
μόνο ἕνας νέος μὲ μπογιὰ
στὸ παραδίπλα τὸ στενὸ
ἀφήνει γράμματα νὰ βγοῦν ἀπ' τὴν καρδιά·
τὴ μιὰ κοιτάζω τὴ σκιά· κρυφοκοιτῶ τὸν ἄντρα
κι ἀδειάζει ξάφνου ὁ νοῦς

τί πῆγε λάθος;

ὄνειρο βλέπεις μωρὸ πὼς εἶσαι
μὲ τὸ βυζὶ τῆς μάνας σου ἀγκαλιὰ
κι ὕστερα –λέει– σὲ σεντόνια καθαρὰ
ἔρωτα κάνεις βουτηγμένος
στοῦ μυαλοῦ τὴ συμφορὰ
τώρα χαρτόκουτα γιὰ στρῶμα σου ἔχεις
τρύπια κουβέρτα νὰ χιονίζει ὁ θανατὰς

σκιὰ κοιτῶ σὲ τοῖχο χαραγμένη
στῶν Ἐξαρχείων τὴν πλατεία σὲ στενὸ
σὲ βλέπω ξένε νὰ κοιτᾶς καὶ ἡ σκιά σου ἀφημένη

(Από το βιβλίο "Ο κόσμος των πραγμάτων" 2019, εκδ. Καστανιώτης)

The Poet

Yannis Stefanakiswas born in Grigoria ofHeraklion, Crete in 1951 He studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts. He havepresented his work in many solo and group exhibitions in Greece and abroad, where he was awarded. Hepublish the"Neo Epipedo"Magazine, as well as the collectors' item "Technopaignion".He alsopublishCollector's Manual editions on the poetry of important Greek poets, He have published fourpoetry collections. His works are in public and private collections in Greece and abroad.


Ο Γιάννης Στεφανάκις Γεννήθηκε στο Ηράκλειο Κρήτης το 1951. Σπούδασε στην Ανώτατη Σχολή Καλών Τεχνών της Αθήνας. Έχει κάνει πολλές εκθέσεις στην Ελλάδα και στο εξωτερικό και έχει βραβευτεί. Εκδίδει το περιοδικό για το λόγο και τα εικαστικά, Νέο Επίπεδο, και το συλλεκτικό Τεχνοπάιγνιον. Εκδίδει επίσης συλλεκτικά χειροποίητα βιβλία με ποίηση σπουδαίων Ελλήνων ποιητών. Έχει εκδώσει τέσσερις ποιητικές συλλογές και πολλά από τα εικαστικά του έργα βρίσκονται σε Μουσεία, Πινακοθήκες και σε πολλές ιδιωτικές συλλογές στην Ελλάδα και στο εξωτερικό.

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