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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Lena Kallergi, Greece

Lena Kallergi, Greece

Lena Kallergi, Greece

The Poems


In northern countries with round hills
and mist rising from the lakes
I was Greek.

In faraway continents
with canyons and red deserts
I was European.

In the dark alleys of big cities
with frightened footsteps and hurried keys
I was a woman.

And in this small
wild piece of land
where I first saw the colour of water
and of delicate insects
I was a cell
who could not tell apart
flowers from worms and grass
but kept breathing this ancient task
on the ground.



Στις βόρειες χώρες με τα στρογγυλά βουνά
με την ομίχλη που ανεβαίνει από τις λίμνες
υπήρξα Ελληνίδα.

Στις μακρινές ηπείρους
με τα φαράγγια και τις κόκκινες ερήμους
υπήρξα Ευρωπαία.

Σε σκοτεινά σοκάκια μητροπόλεων
με τρομαγμένα βήματα και βιαστικά κλειδιά
ήμουν γυναίκα.

Και στο μικρό
το άγριο κομμάτι γης
που είδα το χρώμα του νερού και των λεπτών εντόμων
υπήρξα κύτταρο
που ούτε κοιτούσε ούτε ξεχώριζε
λουλούδια και σκουλήκια και χορτάρι
μα ανέπνεε την αρχαία αποστολή
πάνω στο χώμα.

* * *

I swear

on summer parties in back yards
on dances, on weddings
on festivals

on friends' houses
on my walks with them
on the big screen of this phone

on the body inside me
on the secrets we share in the night
on the joy of this child, running towards me

that I will never forsake desolation.



σε γιορτές με γεμάτες αυλές
σε χορούς, σε γάμους
σε αγκαλιές

στα σπίτια των φίλων
στις βόλτες μαζί τους
στο τηλέφωνο με τη μεγάλη οθόνη

στο άλλο σώμα μέσα στο δικό μου
στα μυστικά που μοιραζόμαστε τη νύχτα
στη χαρά του παιδιού όταν τρέχει κοντά μου

ότι δεν θ' αρνηθώ την ερημιά.

The Poet

Lena Kallergi has published two books of poetry: Κήποι στην άμμο/Gardens on sand (Gavrielides, 2010, -'Maria Polydouri' Award for New Poets), and Περισσεύει ένα πλοίο/Α ship to spare (Gavrielides, 2016 - Poets' Circle Award, shortlisted for the National Poetry Award), as well as two volumes of poetry in collaboration with 'Ομάδα Από Ποίηση'/ 'Poetry Team' (Gavrielides, 2010, 2012). Her poems, short stories, essays and translations can be found in literary magazines and anthologies in Greece and other countries. She has translated poetry by Giacomo Leopardi (Gavrielides, 2013), John Keats, William Wordsworth, and Samuel Taylor Coleridge (Kedros, 2021), and others.


Η Λένα Καλλέργη έχει εκδώσει τα βιβλία ποίησης Κήποι στην άμμο (Γαβριηλίδης, 2010 - Βραβείο «Μαρία Πολυδούρη», 2011) και Περισσεύει ένα πλοίο (Γαβριηλίδης, 2016 - Βραβείο Κύκλου Ποιητών, υποψήφιο για Κρατικό Βραβείο Ποίησης). Συμμετείχε στα συλλογικά, πειραματικά βιβλία ποίησης Ομάδα Από Ποίηση (Γαβριηλίδης, 2010) και Ομάδα Από Ποίηση ΙΙ: Υπέρ Ονειρίας (Γαβριηλίδης, 2012). Ποιήματα, μεταφράσεις και δοκίμιά της βρίσκονται σε περιοδικά και ανθολογίες στην Ελλάδα και σε άλλες χώρες. Έχει μεταφράσει ποίηση του Giacomo Leopardi (Η νύχτα απομένει, Γαβριηλίδης, 2013), ποιήματα των Άγγλων Ρομαντικών ποιητών Keats, Coleridge, Wordsworth (Κέδρος, 2021), και άλλων.

Christos Katroutsos, Greece


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