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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Jan Škrob, Czech Republic


Jan Škrob, Czech Republic

The Poems

four rivers

a man with scars on his chest takes
a smouldering branch of elder in his hand
the mountains part and their coldness
runs down my body
there're four rivers meeting here three
live ones and a dead one the laptop
in the wet sand making a nearly
imperceptible sound
reminiscent of the wind's rustle
i sit at a tray with a translucent apple and
with a swarm of bees behind my back it's all
in everything you say there're four pearls
on your forehead three black and a white one

every situation we decide
to live through really
brings us back to the world
to crevices and apertures
in the dark we become part
of the territory but the territory resists
motionlessness it towers and churns


čtyři řeky

muž s jizvami na hrudi bere
do ruky doutnající větev bezu
hory se rozestupují a jejich chlad
mi projíždí celým tělem
setkávají se tady čtyři řeky tři
živé a jedna mrtvá laptop
ve vlhkém písku vydává skoro
nepostřehnutelný zvuk
který připomíná šumění větru
sedím u tácu s průsvitným jablkem a
za zády mám včelí roj všechno
je ve všem říkáš na čele máš čtyři
perly tři černé a jednu bílou

každá situace kterou se
rozhodneme doopravdy prožít
nás přivádí zpátky ke světu
k trhlinám a otvorům
ve tmě stáváme se součástí
území ale území samo vzdoruje
nehybnosti vzpíná se a víří

* * * 


a well-wrought cornelian hung
at the entrance door protects the home
from a lightning strike

a home that moves but
departs from other principles the situations
of return have no more outlines
of the door it's about how you sit
at the fireplace in the details of gestures and faces
distances touches
the days are getting shorter now and it's important
to keep the matters of the heart

the steppe is wobbly shaky
with hot air i cover
one eye so i could see
all i need
a cornelian amulet
wrapped around my wrist

the inside and outside mingle
here the hand runs over tea
kettle the monitor becomes extinguished

out of the broken silence
crow cawing can be heard we go
where we remember the landslides
the topography vanishes in the dark

the days are getting shorter now it's
important to keep the matters of the heart in the sparse
grass a sugar cube dissolves



opracovaný karneol pověšený
u vchodových dveří chrání domov
před úderem blesku

domov který se pohybuje ale
vychází z jiných principů situace
návratu už nemají obrys
dveří je to v tom jak si sedáš
k ohništi v detailech gest a tváří
vzdálenostech doteků
dny se teď zkracují a je důležité
udržovat věci srdce

step je vratká rozechvělá
horkým vzduchem zakrývám
si jedno oko abych viděl
všechno co potřebuju
amulet z karneolu mám
omotaný kolem zápěstí

vnitřek a vnějšek se tady
prolínají ruka přejede po čajové
konvici monitor zhasíná

ze zlomeného ticha je slyšet
křik vrány jdeme tam
kde si pamatujeme sesuvy svahů
reliéf mizí ve tmě

dny se teď zkracují je
důležité udržovat věci srdce v řídké
trávě se rozpouští kostka cukru

The Poet

Jan Škrob (*1988), poet, translator. Author of three books of poetry. Cowinner of the Dresden Poetry Award for the year 2018. His poems have been translated to several languages and appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies both in Czechia and abroad.

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