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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Zacharias Katsakos, Greece


Zacharias Katsakos, Greece

Frozen planet

The «doll»

The Poems

Frozen planet

Sometimes a woman comes to my dreams
without head, torso and fingers.
A voice that sounds muffled
behind a broken mirror
chewing darkness and soil.
And then the forest woman spits her fruits
on the mouth of the burning laurel
and prophesies come out of her eyes.
She is hiding in an icy ship
looking for a prisoner kid who always cries
and sprinkles rain on his body.

Another planet is dawning,
frozen immobile time,
where the only revolution
are the lost kisses that have never been given.


Παγωμένος πλανήτης

Μερικές φορές έρχεται στα όνειρά μου μια γυναίκα
χωρίς κεφάλι, κορμό και δάχτυλα.
Φωνή που ακούγεται πνιγμένη
πίσω από έναν σπασμένο καθρέφτη
μασώντας σκοτάδια και χώματα.
Κι ύστερα η γυναίκα δάσος φτύνει τους καρπούς της
πάνω στο στόμα της δάφνης που καίγεται
κι από τα μάτια της βγαίνουν χρησμοί.
Σε ένα παγωμένο καράβι κρύβεται
ψάχνοντας ένα φυλακισμένο παιδί που πάντα κλαίει
και ραντίζει με βροχή το σώμα του.

Ένας άλλος πλανήτης ξημερώνει,
παγωμένος ακίνητος χρόνος,
όπου η μοναδική επανάσταση
είναι τα χαμένα φιλιά που δεν δόθηκαν ποτέ.

* * * 

The «doll»

She had two pebbles on his eyelids
curtains to hide the rain
with the memory frozen
on the clay bones
and an immature death chest
to look
always in the basement
the other dolls in the shop window
wet from cellophane
abandoned there since 1970
in the district
which the butterflies danced.
Hours passed from year to year.
Clothes changed dolls and hair
eyes and mouths
perfume, curls,
bodies, colors.
She was found dead in the morning
broken into pieces
to paint lips and kiss
hung from the sky
in a fabric roll
to peel silences
smoke and bodies
souls that became graves
inside the shop windows.


Η «κούκλα»

Είχε δυο χαλίκια πάνω στα βλέφαρα
κουρτίνες να κρύβουν τη βροχή
με τη μνήμη παγωμένη
πάνω στα πήλινα οστά
και ένα αγίνωτο στήθος θανάτου
να κοιτάζει
πάντα στο υπόγειο
τις άλλες κούκλες της βιτρίνας
βρεγμένες από σελοφάν
παρατημένη εκεί από το 1970
στη συνοικία
που χόρευαν οι πεταλούδες.
Περνούσαν ώρες χρόνια εποχές.
Τα ρούχα άλλαζαν κούκλες και μαλλιά
μάτια και στόματα
μπούκλες αρώματα
σώματα χρώματα.
Τη βρήκαν νεκρή το πρωί
σπασμένη σε κομμάτια
να βάφει χείλη και φιλί
κρεμασμένη από τον ουρανό
σε ένα τόπι υφάσματος
να ξεφλουδίζει σιωπές
καπνούς και σώματα
ψυχές που έγιναν μνήματα
μέσα στις βιτρίνες.

The Poet

Zacharias Katsakos: He was born in Heraklion, Crete. He studied Modern Greek Philology at the University of Crete and Pedagogy at the Universities of Athens and Ioannina (Education Sciences). He holds a Master's degree in Modern Greek Philology (D.E.A., University of Paris IV - Sorbonne) and in Creative Writing (ΜΑ, University of Western Macedonia). His scientific and research interests are based on the Theory and Didactics of Literature. He works as a professor of Secondary Education, teaching Modern Greek Language and Literature. He collaborates with printed and electronic literary magazines, publishing poetry, short texts and literary critique. The Poetic Signals - Essays and Critique Texts (Volume I), from the Poema publications (Koroni, 2019), is his first book.


Ζαχαρίας Κατσακός: Γεννήθηκε στο Ηράκλειο Κρήτης. Σπούδασε Νεοελληνική Φιλολογία στο Πανεπιστήμιο Κρήτης και Παιδαγωγικά στα Πανεπιστήμια Αθηνών και Ιωαννίνων (Επιστήμες της Αγωγής). Είναι κάτοχος δύο μεταπτυχιακών τίτλων, στη Νεοελληνική Φιλολογία (D.E.A., Πανεπιστήμιο Paris IV - Σορβόννης) και στη Δημιουργική Γραφή (ΜΑ, Πανεπιστήμιο Δυτικής Μακεδονίας). Τα επιστημονικά και ερευνητικά του ενδιαφέροντα εδράζονται στη Θεωρία και τη Διδακτική της λογοτεχνίας. Εργάζεται ως Φιλόλογος στην Δευτεροβάθμια Εκπαίδευση διδάσκοντας Νεοελληνική γλώσσα και Λογοτεχνία. Συνεργάζεται με έντυπα και ηλεκτρονικά λογοτεχνικά περιοδικά, δημοσιεύοντας ποίηση, πεζά κείμενα και κριτική. Τα Ποιητικά σήματα - Δοκίμια και κείμενα κριτικής (Α΄ τόμος), από τις εκδόσεις Poema, (Κορώνη, 2019), είναι το πρώτο του βιβλίο. 

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