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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Lina Fitili, Greece

Lina Fitili, Greece

Lina Fitili, Greece

The Poems


With the wound of quiescence
Straight in the heart
I walked on borders
Until I arrived
Not like the passers-by
And all the dangerous creatures
Of the night
But with my fingers yellowish
Because of too much of moon.
The rest of the cracks
The empty orbits
(are) eating.

Later, more and more silently
The fog
Like a white day
While words
Are present
And I am absent.

(Μετάφραση: Τζούτζη Ματζουράνη)


Tέλος εποχής

Με το τραύμα της ησυχίας
πάτησα σύνορο
ώσπου να έρθω
-όχι σαν τους περαστικούς
κι όλα τα επίφοβα πλάσματα
της νύχτας-
μα με κιτρινισμένα δάχτυλα
απ΄ το πολύ φεγγάρι.

Τ΄ άλλα ραγίσματα
τις άδειες κόγχες

Μετά βουβά και πιο βουβά
εκείνη η ομίχλη,
σαν άσπρη μέρα δείχνει

όσο οι λέξεις
δίνουν το παρόν

κι εγώ λείπω

* * * 


Such a pity that the beautiful island fade away
Behind cement slums
Just when we were waiting
For something to happen

It was not for our teeth
So much of death

There were children in the fort

Neither were the knives a solution

(Just like) every arrow
that hits you

it is not an Iliad.

(Μετάφραση: Τζούτζη Ματζουράνη)


Welcome to Greece

Κρίμα που έσβησε το ωραίο νησί
πίσω από Ελενίτ παράγκες

την ώρα που περιμέναμε

κάτι να συμβεί.

∆εν ήταν για τα δόντια μας
τόσος θάνατος,
στην ντάπια υπήρχανε παιδιά,
ούτε τα μαχαίρια
η λύση,
(όπως) και κάθε βέλος
που μπήγεται
δεν είναι Ιλιάδα.

The Poet

Lina Fitili was born in Larissa. She studied at the Pedagogical Department of Primary Education of University of Patras. She lives and works in Volos. Her works: The nights of colorless chalk, novella, Kastaniotis, 1997; Now it's late, Apopeira, 2011. Mythical day, poems, Endymion - nominated book for the award for 'Debut Poet Yiannis Varveris'. In 2014, her book Paraxeno Kalokairi, short stories, Estia bookstore, 2016, was published. In 2018, her poetry collection, Lifetime Face, was published by Melani. Within the next period, her novel, Golden Garden, will be published by Estia. Her reviews and translations have been published online and in print. She is a member of the organizing committee of the Panthessalic Poetry Festival.


Η Λίνα Φυτιλή γεννήθηκε στη Λάρισα. Σπούδασε στο Παιδαγωγικό Τμήμα Δημοτικής Εκπαίδευσης Πατρών. Ζει κι εργάζεται στον Βόλο. Έργα της: Οι νύχτες της άχρωμης κιμωλίας, νουβέλα, Καστανιώτης, 1997. Τώρα είναι αργά, Απόπειρα, 2011. Μυθική μέρα, ποιήματα, Ενδυμίων- υποψήφιο βιβλίο για το βραβείο Πρωτοεμφανιζόμενου ποιητή Γιάννη Βαρβέρη. Το 2014 κυκλοφόρησε το βιβλίο της Παράξενο Καλοκαίρι, διηγήματα, βιβλιοπωλείο της Εστίας, 2016. Το 2018 κυκλοφόρησε η ποιητική συλλογή της, Ισόβιο Πρόσωπο, εκδόσεις Μελάνι. Μέσα στο επόμενο διάστημα θα κυκλοφορήσει από τις εκδόσεις της Εστίας, το μυθιστόρημά της, Χρυσός κήπος. Kριτικές και μεταφράσεις της έχουν δημοσιευτεί σε ηλεκτρονικά κι έντυπα μέσα. Είναι μέλος στην οργανωτική επιτροπή του Πανθεσσαλικού φεστιβάλ ποίησης.

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