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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John Tolias, Greece

John Tolias, Greece

John Tolias, Greece

The Poems

When You Come

When you come
I will stifle the lights and the hours
leave only a mauve aura
illuminating your eyes
I will look at you stone-still
bleeding jasmine and summer

You won't speak
Our glass brimming
with an infirm memory's aroma
us drinking from it endlessly
to the glory of decay

When you leave
I plead with you
do not give me back my eyesight.


Όταν θάρθεις

Όταν θάρθεις
θα σβήσω τα φώτα και τις ώρες
να αφήσω μονάχα το μωβ
να φωτίζει τα μάτια σου
θα σε κοιτάζω ασάλευτος
αιμορραγώντας γιασεμί και θέρος

Δεν θα μιλάς
Θα γεμίζει το ποτήρι μας
το άρωμα μιας άρρωστης μνήμης
να πίνουμε ατελείωτα
στο μεγαλείο της σήψης

Όταν φύγεις
σε παρακαλώ
μη μου επιστρέψεις την όραση.

* * * 

You'll come

You'll come
to the water towers
of my sorrow

Vespertine fog scenery
Lamp-post in crystal essence

Weathervanes will be spinning around
the margin of a lonely
and forbidden word

You will dare to articulate it
with unreachable eyes

Like the blueness of your nostalgia.



στους υδατόπυργους
της λύπης μου

Βραδινό τοπίο ομίχλης
Φανοστάτης σε υφή κρυστάλλινη

Οι ανεμοδείκτες θα γυρίζουν
στο περιθώριο μιας λέξης
μοναχικής κι απαγορευμένης

Θα τολμήσεις την άρθρωσή της
με μάτια ανέφικτα

Σαν το γαλάζιο της νοσταλγίας σου.

The Poet

John Tolias was born in 1956 in the city of Patras where he lives and works, His poetic works have been published in literary magazines and have also been included in anthologies. In 1984 for his poem collection of "Dreamdrama". Βιβλία του: Μωβ Σημαία (1981) Αθήνα, Ονειρόδραμα (1984), (Β΄ έκδοση 2001) Περί τεχνών, Εξίτηλος Χρόνος (1999) Αχαϊκές Εκδόσεις, Ο Πειρασμός της νοσταλγίας (2002) Πάτρα, Αμαρτολόγιο (2007) Πάτρα, Λυσίπονον (2008) Περί τεχνών, Ευλύπη (2011) Εκδόσεις Γαβριηλίδης, Ό,τι άγγιξα κι Ό,τι Θυμάμαι (2011) Εκδόσεις Γαβριηλίδης, Ασκήσεις Συναισθήματος (2013) Πάτρα, he was awarded the Poetry Prize by the school of Fine Arts & Literature, for books published in the provinces of Greece. His poems have been translated into English, French and Spanish. His poem collections include: Purple Flag (1981) Athens, Dream drama (1984), (2nd edition 2001) On the Arts, ExitilosTime (1999) Achaic Editions, The Temptation of Nostalgia (2002) Patras, Amartologio (2007) Patras, Lysiponon (2008) On the Arts, Evlipi (2011) Gavriilides Publications, Everything I Touched and What I Remember (2011) Gavriilides Editions, Emotional Exercises (2013) Patras, Pandemic of oblivion (2021) Patras


Ο Γιάννης Τόλιας γεννήθηκε το 1956 στην Πάτρα. Έργα του έχουν δημοσιευτεί σε λογοτεχνικά περιοδικά και περιλαμβάνονται σε ανθολογίες. Για τη συλλογή του « Ονειρόδραμα ». Τιμήθηκε με το βραβείο ποίησης από τη Στέγη Καλών Τεχνών & Γραμμάτων για βιβλία που εκδόθηκαν το 1984 στην επαρχία. Ποιήματά του έχουν μεταφραστεί στα Αγγλικά και στα Γαλλικά και στα Ισπανικά. Βιβλία του: Μωβ Σημαία (1981) Αθήνα, Ονειρόδραμα (1984), (Β΄ έκδοση 2001) Περί τεχνών, Εξίτηλος Χρόνος (1999) Αχαϊκές Εκδόσεις, Ο Πειρασμός της νοσταλγίας (2002) Πάτρα, Αμαρτολόγιο (2007) Πάτρα, Λυσίπονον (2008) Περί τεχνών
Ευλύπη (2011) Εκδόσεις Γαβριηλίδης, Ό,τι άγγιξα κι Ό,τι Θυμάμαι (2011) Εκδόσεις Γαβριηλίδης, Ασκήσεις Συναισθήματος (2013) Πάτρα, Πανδημία Λήθης (2021) Πάτρα

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