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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Giorgos Koutouvelas, Greece

Giorgos Koutouvelas, Greece

Giorgos Koutouvelas, Greece

The Poems

Collateral damage

He lifted his foot and found a tiny
plastic soldier.
His legs were cracked; the body had
crumbled in a formless mass while it had
also been beheaded.
With his leg he threw some dirt over it.
As a minimal atonement
for the collateral damage
of an, otherwise, innocent walk. 

(Translated by Christina Koutouvela)


Παράπλευρες απώλειες

Σήκωσε το πέλμα και βρήκε από
κάτω ένα πλαστικό στρατιωτάκι.

Τα πόδια του ήταν ραγισμένα· το σώμα είχε
τσαλακωθεί σε μια άμορφη μάζα ενώ του είχε
κοπεί και το κεφάλι.

Έκανε με το πόδι κι έριξε λίγο χώμα από πάνω του.

Ως ελάχιστη κίνηση επανόρθωσης για την παράπλευρη
απώλεια ενός, κατά τ' άλλα, αθώου περιπάτου.

* * * 

At the next door

A woman entered the house.
She took off the sky that she wore as a hat for years.
She raised her gaze and saw
for the first time a ceiling freshly painted;
painted like the face of a dead man
while they were preparing for his funeral.
She stood above the sink,
in her palm she squeezed a knife.
And she began to clean the scales
and the gills from her body;
to feed and to satisfy the family.

(Translated by Christina Koutouvela)


Στη διπλανή πόρτα

Μια γυναίκα μπήκε στο σπίτι.
Έβγαλε τον ουρανό
που φόραγε εδώ και χρόνια για καπέλο.

Ύψωσε το βλέμμα και αντίκρισε
για πρώτη φορά ένα ταβάνι φρεσκοβαμμένο,
σαν το πρόσωπο ενός νεκρού
την ώρα που του ετοιμάζουν την κηδεία.

Στάθηκε πάνω από το νεροχύτη,
στην παλάμη της έσφιξε ένα μαχαίρι.

Κι άρχισε να καθαρίζει τα λέπια
και τα βράγχια από το σώμα της.

Να φάει καλά και να χορτάσει
η οικογένεια.

The Poet

Giorgos Koutouvelas was born in Athens (1986). He studied theology, pedagogy and psychology. He introduced his poetry early on at the age of 19 (dreamwalkers, 2005). To date he has published six poetic works and one theatrical monologue. He publishes at regular intervals poems, articles and essays in printed and electronic literary magazines. His poems have been included in many anthologies in Greece and abroad. Currently he is professor and a researcher in the field of comparative literature. Particularly he studies the concept of literary generations and the impact of religion in modern poetry.


Ο Γιώργος Κουτούβελας γεννήθηκε στην Αθήνα το 1986. Σπούδασε θεολογία, παιδαγωγικά και ψυχολογία. Δημοσίευσε το πρώτο του έργο στην ηλικία των 19 ετών (Ονειροβάτες, 2005). Μέχρι σήμερα έχει δημοσιεύσει έξι ποιητικές συλλογές και ένα θεατρικό μονόλογο. Δημοσιεύει ανά τακτά χρονικά διαστήματα, ποιήματα, μελέτες και άρθρα σε έντυπα και ηλεκτρονικά λογοτεχνικά περιοδικά. Τα ποιήματά του έχουν συμπεριληφθεί σε πολλές ανθολογίες στην Ελλάδα και στο εξωτερικό. Στον παρόντα χρόνο είναι καθηγητής και ερευνητής στον τομέα της συγκριτικής λογοτεχνίας. Ειδικότερα, με τη θεωρία των λογοτεχνικών γενιών και με την επίδραση της θρησκείας στη σύγχρονη ποίηση.

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