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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Christos Katroutsos, Greece

Christos Katroutsos, Greece

Christos Katroutsos, Greece

The Poems


Coming back from work again
after the day's wages of my unemployed thought,
keys to look for that I collected
for home, the car, of anxiety the closet.
I had learned all the teeth
don't make a key that opens everything,
unlocking my yes
because I heard no
with vigor in the cries of the dawn
from a throat that shines pain and silence,
maybe I'll be hired as a last resort
in the melting of the erevus.



Γυρνώντας πάλι απ' τη δουλειά
μετά το μεροκάματο της άνεργής μου σκέψης,
κλειδιά να ψάχνω που συνέλεγα
για σπίτι, τ' αυτοκίνητο, της αγωνίας το ερμάρι.
Τις οδοντώσεις όλες είχα μάθει
μη φτιάξω ένα κλειδί που όλα να τ' ανοίγει,
το ναι μου ξεκλειδώνοντας
γιατί το όχι μου ακούστηκε
με σθένος στις κραυγές του ξημερώματος
από λαρύγγι που διαλάμπει πόνος και σιωπή,
μήπως και προσληφθώ σαν έσχατος
στην τήξη του ερέβους.

* * * 

Η μοναξιά μου έλος,
Πού και πού ένας ερωδιός
Την επισκέπτεται για να τραφεί·
Η μοναξιά

Στο έλος τα ψάρια
Έχουν σχήμα κυβικό
Δεν κολυμπούν
Δεν τους χρειάζεται ουρά.

Τους κύβους αλιεύω
Και χτίζω έναν τοίχο
Η μοναξιά περίβλεπτη μη γίνει
Και μείνω απροστάτευτο σε άνεμο καλάμι.
Με κάθε μαεστρία το ωμέγα μου αλφάδιαζα
Αφού, του οικοδόμου ήμουν ανέστιος γιος
Μα ευτυχώς, τα ψάρια ήταν λιγοστά
Αφήνοντας στον τοίχο ένα κενό
Σαν να του κρέμασα παράθυρο.


my loneliness swamp
Here and there a heron
He visits her to feed;

Fish in the marsh
They are cubic in shape
They don't swim
They don't need a tail.

I fish the cubes
And I'm building a wall
Don't make loneliness predictable
And I remain unprotected in wind reed.
With every mastery I alphad my omega
After all, I was the builder's illegitimate son
But luckily, the fish were few and far between
Leaving a gap in the wall
Like I hung a window on him.

The Poet

Christos Katroutsos was born and lives in Athens, having had two solo exhibitions (Lisbon and Vault), while he participated in several group exhibitions with his works appearing in well-known publications and high-traffic websites. He has published two poetry collections. His poems and essays were hosted in local publications and websites known to the artistic public (culturebook, Frear, diastixo, Mandragoras, etc.). He has worked as an advertiser, columnist and director in print media, among others.


Ο Χρήστος Κατρούτσος γεννήθηκε και ζει στην Αθήνα έχοντας κάνει δυο ατομικές εκθέσεις (Λισαβόνα και Vault) ενώ, συμμετείχε σε αρκετές ομαδικές με έργα του να διακρίνονται σε γνωστά έντυπα και ιστότοπους υψηλής επισκεψιμότητας. Έχει εκδώσει δυο ποιητικές συλλογές. Ποιήματά του και δοκίμια φιλοξενήθηκαν σε έντυπα του χώρου και γνωστούς στο καλλιτεχνικό κοινό ιστότοπους (culturebook, Φρέαρ, diastixo, Μανδραγόρας κ.α.). Έχει απασχοληθεί μεταξύ άλλων ως διαφημιστής, αρθρογράφος και διευθυντής σε έντυπα μέσα.

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