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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Eleni Sigalou, Greece

Eleni Sigalou, Greece

Eleni Sigalou, Greece

The Poems


The house grew on the rock.
Aged it was bent to the bone
one night when it blew
from his father's generation.

For years the floor was solid
but now invisibly expands
as the wood is swollen with oblivion.
In the apnea of the deep
half-closed windows sink
the gaze once stabbing
in adolescent memory.

The mother laid the clothes in the void
and then spread wings to catch them.
We often searched for her for days
after she had dyed her cloud white.

The crack of the boards grew larger
the father slipped quietly into the night.
The hours were buzzing like a hungry bee.
Now weed silence the walls
is tanning.

Only the grandmother in the corner
                                    lies awake
to offer to the winds
the almond-shaped tales of youth.



Το σπίτι φύτρωσε στο βράχο.
Γερμένο λύγισε συθέμελα
μια νύχτα όταν φυσούσε
απ' του πατέρα τη γενιά.

Χρόνια το πάτωμα γερό
μα τώρα αδιόρατα διαστέλλεται
καθώς του ξύλου φούσκωσε η λήθη.
Στην άπνοια του βυθού
μισόκλειστα παράθυρα βουλιάζουν
το βλέμμα κάποτε καρφώνοντας
σ' έφηβη μνήμη.

Η μάννα άπλωνε τα ρούχα στο κενό
κι έπειτα άνοιγε φτερούγες να τα πιάσει.
Συχνά την ψάχναμε ημέρες
αφού λευκό βαφόταν σύννεφο.

Μεγάλωνε η ρωγμή απ' τα σανίδια
γλιστρούσε ήσυχα στη νύχτα ο πατέρας.
Βούιζαν οι ώρες μελίσσι πεινασμένο.
Τώρα αγριόχορτο σιωπή τους τοίχους

Μόνο η γιαγιά στην κόχη
για να φιλεύει τους ανέμους
μυγδαλωτά της νιότης παραμύθια.

* * * 


Banished the body from your land
thinks of distant places to roam
tramp sun drying your wound
and thou with the sea refilling it.

In the nights you will tread in wild silence
the inconsolable wind blowing
in the days you will seek unripe gold
to wear on your skin to burn you.

On paths you will carve your cliff
you'll dig rocks with your gaze full of lava
you'll be late. May your return not come near.
And the sails forgotten black again.

The rain breaks the glass and scratches you.
You're thrown into the wave. Αcross the way dawns



Εξορισμένο το κορμί από τη γη σου
σκέφτεται τόπους μακρινούς να σεργιανίζεις
αλήτης ήλιος να στεγνώνει την πληγή σου
κι εσύ με θάλασσα να την ξαναγεμίζεις.

Τις νύχτες άγρια σιωπή θα ημερεύεις
απαρηγόρητος ο άνεμος να πνέει
τις μέρες άγουρο χρυσάφι θα γυρεύεις
να το φοράς πάνω στο δέρμα να σε καίει.

Σε μονοπάτια θα λαξεύεις τον γκρεμό σου
θα σκάβεις βράχους με το βλέμμα όλο λάβρα
θ' αργοπορείς. Να μη ζυγώνει ο γυρισμός σου.
Και τα πανιά λησμονημένα πάλι μαύρα.

Σπάζει το τζάμι η βροχή και σε γραπώνει.
Στο κύμα ρίχνεσαι. Αντίκρυ ξημερώνει

The Poet

Eleni Sigalou (Ioannina, 1964) lives in Patras where she works as a teacher of physics in secondary education and as an adult educator. She has participated in the collective publication With all our senses (Kalaitzakis 2010). She has published the poetry collections The Alphabet of Seeing (Heridanos, 2013) and Julius Ochilis and 61 Haiku (Koukoutsi, 2016). She has participated in poetry anthologies and has been awarded in poetry competitions. Her poems, prose and reviews have been published in literary magazines, online (neoplanodion, mandragoras magazine, Chartis, and in print (Planodion, Thefth, Karyothraustis, Erato, Entefktirio, Mandragoras, Paremvasi, Odos Panos, Emvolimon). She has participated in group and solo photography exhibitions. She completed postgraduate studies in the department of Creative Writing (EAP and University of Western Macedonia).


Η Ελένη Σιγαλού (Ιωάννινα, 1964) ζει στην Πάτρα όπου εργάζεται ως καθηγήτρια φυσικός στη μέση εκπαίδευση και ως εκπαιδεύτρια ενηλίκων. Έχει συμμετάσχει στη συλλογική έκδοση Με όλες μας τις αισθήσεις (Καλαϊτζάκης 2010). Έχει εκδώσει τις ποιητικές συλλογές Το Αλφαβητάρι του Βλέμματος (Ηριδανός, 2013) και Ιουλίου Όχλησις και 61 Χαϊκού (Κουκούτσι, 2016). Συμμετέχει σε ποιητικές ανθολογίες και έχει διακριθεί σε ποιητικούς διαγωνισμούς. Ποιήματα, πεζά και κριτικές της είναι δημοσιευμένα σε λογοτεχνικά περιοδικά, διαδικτυακά (neoplanodion, mandragoras magazine, Χάρτης, και έντυπα (Πλανόδιον, Θευθ, Καρυοθραύστις, Ερατώ, Εντευκτήριο, Μανδραγόρας, Παρέμβαση, Οδός Πανός, Εμβόλιμον). Έχει συμμετάσχει σε ομαδικές και έχει παρουσιάσει ατομικές εκθέσεις φωτογραφίας. Ολοκλήρωσε μεταπτυχιακές σπουδές στο τμήμα Δημιουργικής Γραφής (ΕΑΠ και Πανεπιστήμιο Δυτικής Μακεδονίας).

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