Patras World Poetry Festival 2022

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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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Anna Adamowicz, Poland


Anna Adamowicz, Poland

The Poems


all fish to cogs in the machine
all humans to bellies of the seas

all amphibians to sleds
all humans to mud ponds

all reptiles to crevices of rails
all humans to vipers' nests

all birds to lattices of wheels
all humans to cloudy ground

all mammals to clippings of walls
all humans to torn turf

all animals whoosh to the mast
all humans wham underneath

(translated by Lynn Suh)



wszystkie ryby w tryby miast
wszyscy ludzie w brzuchy mórz

wszystkie płazy w płozy sań
wszyscy ludzie w stawów muł

wszystkie gady w szpary szyn
wszyscy ludzie w gniazda żmij

wszystkie ptaki w kraty kół
wszyscy ludzie w chmurny grunt

wszystkie ssaki w ścinki ścian
wszyscy ludzie w zdartą darń

każde zwierzę hyc na maszt
każdy człowiek łup pod spód

* * * 

I'm walking behind because the sidewalk is too narrow

I wish aliens would come for me,
and the only armed revolution I long for
is armageddon, wiping everyone off the board

(translated by Lynn Suh)


idę z tyłu, bo chodnik jest za wąski

chciałabym, żeby przylecieli po mnie kosmici,
a jedyna zbrojna rewolucja, jakiej pragnę,
to koniec świata, który wszystkich zmiecie z planszy

The Poet

Anna Adamowicz was born in Lubin, Poland, in 1993. She is a medical laboratory scientist, but also a poet and author of the following poetry volumes: Wątpia (2016), Animalia (2019), Nebula (2020), zmyśl[]zmysł (2021, as her alter ego Laura Osińska). She was nominated for the Gdynia Literary Prize for her debut poetry book Wątpia. She was nominated for the Cultural Award of Gazeta Wyborcza Journal WARTO twice (2020, 2021). She received the Wisława Szymborska Poetry Prize for her second poetry book Animalia. Her poems were published in numerous magazines at home and abroad and translated into Czech, English, Hungarian, Russian, Slovenian and Ukrainian. She took part in several literary events in Poland and two foreign festivals: Poetry Cork Festival in Ireland and PesText in Hungary. She lives and works in Wrocław, Poland.

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