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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Konstantinos Bouras, Greece

Konstantinos Bouras, Greece

Konstantinos Bouras, Greece

The Poems

Nature and Environment

We would have been blind
Lacking Love
Lacking Death


I am going to tell you a story tonight:
Deep darkness…
In the middle of the night
A worried badger mom
Brings her baby
To the shaman
            to make it heal.

She knocks on the door.
A hut in the forest
Lit by an oil lamp.
But the magic man is not there.
He hovers above
The tip
            of a burned out pine tree.

It passed away around two o'clock
In the morning
And it disdained to return.

The badger's mom is now

She weeps bitter tears.
Her little one
Has, after all, the air of
a wiped off cloud.


Φύση και Περιβάλλον

Χωρίς τον Έρωτα
Θα ήμασταν τυφλοί
Χωρίς τον Θάνατο


Απόψε θα σας πω μια ιστορία:
Σκότη βαθιά…
Στη νύχτα μέσα
Ασβίνα νοιασμένη
Φέρνει το μωρό της
Στο σαμάνο
            να το γιατροπορέψει.

Χτυπάει την πόρτα.
Καλύβι στο δάσος
Φωτισμένο με λυχνάρι.
Μα ο μάγος δεν είναι εκεί.
Υπερίπταται πάνω από
Την κορυφή
            καμμένου πεύκου.

Πέθανε γύρω στις δύο
Μετά τα μεσάνυχτα
Κι απαξίωσε να επιστρέψει.

Κλαίει τώρα η μητέρα
            τού ασβού.

Κλαίει, δάκρυα πικρά.
Το μικράκι της
Έχει πια τον αέρα
σβησμένου συννέφου.

The Poet

Konstantinos Bouras was born in 1962 in Kalamata and has been living in Athens since 1977. Author of 41 published books, theater critic and book reviewer. Distinguished doctor of the Department of Translation and Interpreting of the Ionian University (2019). He holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (1985), a master's degree from the Department of Theater Studies of the University of Athens (1994) and a master's degree in theater from the French University Paris III - La nouvelle Sorbonne (D.E.A. Etudes Théâtrales). Postdoctoral researcher at EKPA and the University of the Aegean. He teaches theater criticism at the Department of Theater Studies of the University of Athens and cultural management, as well as human resource management at the School of Public Administration. He writes articles in newspapers and in many literary magazines. His plays with ancient Greek themes and about the Crisis have been performed in theaters in Greece and abroad.


Ο Κωνσταντίνος Μπούρας γεννήθηκε το 1962 στην Καλαμάτα κι από το 1977 ζει στην Αθήνα. Συγγραφέας 41 εκδοθέντων βιβλίων, κριτικός θεάτρου και βιβλιοκριτικός. Αριστούχος διδάκτωρ τού Τμήματος Μετάφρασης και Διερμηνείας τού Ιονίου Πανεπιστημίου (2019). Είναι διπλωματούχος μηχανολόγος μηχανικός τού Εθνικού Μετσόβιου Πολυτεχνείου (1985), αριστούχος τού Τμήματος Θεατρικών Σπουδών τού Πανεπιστημίου Αθηνών (1994) και κάτοχος μεταπτυχιακού διπλώματος θεατρολογίας τού γαλλικού Πανεπιστημίου Paris III - La nouvelle Sorbonne (D.E.A. Etudes Théâtrales). Μεταδιδακτορικός ερευνητής στο ΕΚΠΑ και στο Πανεπιστήμιο Αιγαίου. Διδάσκει θεατρική κριτική στο Τμήμα Θεατρικών Σπουδών του Πανεπιστημίου Αθηνών και πολιτιστική διαχείριση, καθώς και διαχείριση ανθρώπινου δυναμικού στη Σχολή Δημόσιας Διοίκησης. Αρθρογραφεί σε εφημερίδες και σε πάμπολλα λογοτεχνικά περιοδικά. Θεατρικά του έργα με αρχαιοελληνικά θέματα και για την Κρίση έχουν παρασταθεί σε θέατρα τής Ελλάδας και του εξωτερικού.

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