Patras World Poetry Festival 2023

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5h “Patras World Poetry Festival”

“From Hippocrates to poetry therapy”




Along with many other important international participations and a rich event programme, this year, the 5th “Patras World Poetry Festival” is going to be held between the 1 and 4 of September, in different cultural locations of Patras and not only.

After two years of online realization of the Festival, Patras is again glad to receive in person 65 important poets from 13 different countries, 20 among them, being poets from abroad. This year’s programme has in store many surprises for the participants and for the audience, with visits and poetry recitations in particular places and in alternative ways.

The subject area of PWPF2022 concerns the healing properties of art and especially of poetry and it is entitled “From Hippocrates to poetry therapy”, so the complete action programme was planned with the purpose of creating a back – to - back interaction of arts, poetry and psychology.

The events are going to take place in the mornings and in the evenings in different locations of Patras every time, such as the Epikentro Theatre, the Foundation of Hellenic Diaspora, Achaia Clauss Winery  and the Villa of Kolla, while the last recitation is going to take place in Ancient Olympia through an all – day excursion of experiential character. The programme includes further guided tours, food and wine tasting and activities of cultural tourism, in order for the visitors to obtain the best possible experience from our land!

Ιmportant guests participate at the events, among them ambassadors of collaborating countries, internationally renowned academics, belletrists and representatives of entities.

Special moments of the Festival are the tribute to the poet Titos Patrikios, the Round Table with the subject “Healing through Poetry”, the visit at the “Foundation of Hellenic Diaspora” with its art exhibitions from important emigrant Greek artists and the set to music poetry event, entitled “Like a Shiver...”, which is going to take place at the Honorable Evening of the Festival.

All the events are open for the audience with FREE entrance.


At the same time. The Festival converses with visual arts and hosts two visual and one photographical project.

  • Art Platform | Lagrange Points

In passing of the collaboration of the contemporary art gallery “Cube Gallery” and Liana Zoza as a curator, with Patras World Poetry Festival, the art platform “Lagrange Points” was created.

The idea came up simultaneously with the proposition for the presentation of the two on going art projects “Open Studio” and “Invisible cities”, during the Festival and under the common title “L3 point”, at the same time with the desire for the continuation of the creative meetings of all forms of art.

Even if the term is a loan from the mechanics of celestial bodies, which discusses the rules of equilibrium and affinity of their relationship and coexistence, it also works with the same equilibrium at the coexistence of different art forms.


  • Peny Delta poet portraits

During the Festival, the photographer Peny Delta is going to create the portraits of the participant at the Festival poets and poetesses, which are going to be used at the archive of the Poetry Office and in the related publishing of the Festival.


The World Patras Poetry Festival is organized by the “Poetry Office” of Patras and the CultureBook (, with the support of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Region of Western Greece, the Regional Union of Municipalities of Western Greece, the the University of Patras, the University of Western Macedonia, the Hellenic Open University, the Poetry Festival of Larnaka, the Embassy of Hungary, the Embassy of Czech Republic and the Athens Czech Center,  the Embassy of Poland, the Greek Library of London, the World Poetry Movement, the Epikentro Theatre, the Cube Gallery and other entities. It is under the evaluation of Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Tourism.


Patras World Poetry Festival forms one of the greatest literature institutions in Greece, the greatest of the Region, and has already stood out amongst the most estimable Festivals all over the world. Each year it receives important names of world literature and it offers an abundant programme of events, including poetry readings, presentations, meetings and cultural galas. Its vision is to promote the Greek literary creation globally and to popularize the capital of West Greece as a European literature center. Through its actions, it communicates with Chairs of Hellenic studies all over the world and it catalogues the recent poetry production.


*The organising of the Festival has a non-profitable character in every aspect and the participation of the people is costless.




“Like a Shiver...”


Like the way a note touches the word,

And oxygen life.

Music fights against verse, in a fight for love, man, society, existence, love, hate, passion and nature.



Yorgos Georgiadis, Mandolin (evikoon melos)

Sani Peta, Mandolin (evikoon melos)

Yannis Anagnostopoulos, Guitar

Thomas Pallas, Guitar

Andreas Zafiropoulos, Piano

Themis Martekas, Percussion



Hristos Konstantopoulos

Dora Mpeleri


Artistic curation

Yannis Anagnostopoulos




Yannis Anagnostopoulos

Yorgos Georgiadis







20.00 // Theatre Epikentro+

Welcome Drink

1st Cycle of Poetic Readings

Presentation L3 point: on going art projects “Open Studio” & amp “Invisible Cities”

Dinner for the participants



11.00 // Theatre Epikentro

2nd Cycle of Poetic Readings

Round Table on the subject “The Healing Properties of Poetry”

Free Programme – Knowing the City


19.00 // Winery Achaia Clauss

Guided tour at the Winecastle

3rd Cycle of Poetic Readings

Dinner for the participants



11.00 // Foundation Greek Diaspora, Kastritsi

Guided Tour at the Exhibition of Greek artists of Diaspora

4th Cycle of Poetic Readings

Lunch for the participants


20.00 // Villa Kolla

Formal Ceremony

Greetings – speeches

5th Cycle of Poetic Readings

Honorable Evening for Titos Patrikios

Concert with Poetry set to Music “Like a Shiver...”

Official Reception at Achaia Clauss



09.00-20.00 // Ancient Olympia

Excursion to Ancient Olympia

Guided Tour at the archaeological site

Visit of the Digital Museum 1821 – Krestena

15.00 // Lunch for the Participants

17.30 // 6th Cycle of Poetic Readings


The programme also includes:


- Tribute “meet the poets” from presentation of the participants and diffusion in social networks

- Anthology of the Festival. Offspring of the organization and a literature consignment constitutes the collective trilingual Edition (and e- book) with the poems of the participants, in each one’s language, in Greek and in English.

- Art Platform | Lagrange Points / simultaneously with the presentation of the participants at the the art platform Lagrange Points is created

- Peny Delta poet portaits / During the Festival, the photographer Peny Delta is going to create the portraits of the participant poets and poetesses, which are also going to be used at the relevant publication of the Festival





ALBANIA     Alma Braja

BULGARY    Roman Kissiov, Nadya Radulova

ITALY            Matthias Tarantino

CZECH REPUBLIC Josef Hrdlička, Jan Škrob, Tim Postovit

CROATIAN   Marija Dejanović

CYPRUS        Eleni Artemiou-Fotiadou

HUNGARY    Weiner Sennyei Tibor, Izsó Zita, Bek Timur

NORTH MACEDONIA  Michailo Svidersky, Andrej Al Asadi, Gjoko Zdraveski

POLAND        Anna Adamowicz, Antonina Tosiek

SERBIA          Ana Marija Grbić

SLOVENIA    Petra Kolmancic

USA                Don Schofield



Kyriaki-Koula Adaloglou, Giannis Alexandropoulos, Popi Aroniada, Anna Afentoulidou, Spyros L. Vrettos, Thanos Gogos, Yiannis Doukas, Lena Kallergi,, Dimitris Kalokiris , Kostas Kanavouris, Menelaos Karalis, Christos Katroutsos, Nikos Katsalidas, Giorgos Kozias,, Alexandros Kordas, Elsa Korneti, Dimitris Kosmopoulos, Giorgos Koutouvelas, Chloe Koutsoumpeli, Kostas A. Kremmydas, Triantafyllos H. Kotopoulos, Vasilis Ladas, Konstantinos Ch. Loukopoulos, Alexandra Bakonika, Theocharis Bikiropoulos, Konstantinos Bouras, Vasilis Pandis, Theofanis Papageorgiou, Sotirios Pastakas, Titos Patrikios, Aggeliki Pechlivani, Eleni Sigalou, Angeliki Sidira Papakosta, Antonis D. Skiathas, Yannis Stefanakis, Manos Stefanidis, Vangelis Tasiopoulos, John Tolias, Lina Fitili, Thanassis Hatzopoulos




Statement of Antonis Skiathas (President of the Poetry Office)

The Patras World Poetry Festival has created an international institution of literature that honors Greek letters, promotes Greek poetry and brings in contact Greek poets and poetesses with related poets and poetesses from all over the world.

Along its way, poets and poetesses from fifty countries have conversed at the Patras World Poetry Festival.

It is extremely important for all of us at the Poetry Office that the Festival is a matter of the whole town, as panhellenic, regional, local, institutions, businesses, citizens stand for the organising by every means.

The Ministry of Culture, the Region of Western Greece and the University of Patras are some of the institutions that support it.

The publishing that is been organized and the events at emblematic locations of the wider area like Achaia Clauss, the museum Diaspora, form the Festival’s identity.

At the same time, the synergism with cultural institutions and the connection of Poetry with other arts like music, visual arts, photography create all things that make the Festival unique.


Gokcenur Celebioglu, Turkey


 Ülkenden Uzaktasın, Ülkendeyim

Ülkenden uzaktasın, ülkendeyim
giderek, postada kaybolan mektuplara
benziyor şiirlerim:
Uyuyakalmışsın uzun, muz sarısı koltuğunda
topuzun dağılmış, gözlüğün düşüyor elinden yere
yenmiş tabağında beş elmadan dördü
arasına tarak sıkıştırılmış bir kitap
dizlerinin üstünde prusya mavisi bir örtü
düşünde eski seslerin piyesinden
bir sahne görüyorsun belki
bizdesin, annen çıldırmamış daha,
kardeşimi askere almamışlar
"Şimdi Uzaklardasın" ı söylüyor
Zeki Müren radyoda
birazdan şarkıyı kesip silahlı kuvvetlerin
ülkenin selameti için
yönetime el koyduğunu söyleyecekler
birazdan "gitmem gerek" diyeceksin
"ben gelemem, çünkü Türkçe..."
Binlerce kez izledin bu oyunu
sırılsıklam ter içinde uyanmak üzereyken ama,
ilk defa, buruşturulmuş bir
telgraf ilişecek gözüne
gramafon dolabında :
../'uyanma sakın../'rüzgâr../'
benden haber gibi../'göğsüne kuru
/'bir yaprak düşürecek../'

Ülkenden uzaktasın, ülken çok karışık
şimdilik hayattayım
maşuk, kuşkulu, ayrılığa bağışık 

You're Far Away From Your Country Where I Am

You're far away from your country where I am
day by day my poems
begin to resemble letters lost in the post:

You've fallen asleep on your long, banana-colored couch,
your bun is undone, your glasses are about to fall from your fingers,
four of five apples in your plate have been eaten,
a book has a hair brush between pages to mark where you were,
a baltic-blue blanket over your knees,
maybe you are dreaming a scene from a play with old voices:

You're in our apartment, your mother
hasn't gone mad yet, my brother hasn't been conscripted
Zeki Müren sings "You're far away now" on the radio
in a minute they will cut off the song and announce
that military forces are taking control
for the safety and security of the country,
in a minute you will say "I have to go away"
"I can't come, because the Turkish is..."

You have seen this play a thousand times,
but as you are about to wake up
for the first time you will notice a telegram
on the gramophone:

../don't wake up../wind../
will drop a dry leaf../on your chest
/like news from me./

You're far away from your country which is in a chaos
I'm alive for now
in love, in doubt and immune to being parted.

Translated by Gökçenur Ç. and Robyn Marsack

Kril Harfleriyle Geyik Sesidir Adın

Kril harfleriyle geyik sesidir adın
karlı bir iskandinav ovası gibi açılan kâğıtta,
gömülüp kaldığımız,
atlarımızın geçemediği altı haftada
Usta der
diken yayı gerer,
mavi bir güle dönüşür
havada vınlayan ok
geyik sıçrar, zaman durur
Aşk ki usta nişancıdır, zalimdir; yoktur
yaralayacaksa kalbinden
öldürecekse kalkanından vurur
Çocuk, flüt oyar ormanda ustasından habersiz,
göğüslerini bulgar gülleriyle örterek gelir kız,
gelir toplayarak kuşburnu
dikenli çalılardan
Usta der
diken yayı gerer
aşk ki bundan başkadır ve düpedüz budur
tek kollu üstelik kör bir okçudur
bulur her kabuğun en yumuşak yerini
Çocuk, uyur atının altında
uyur ustası, atlar, kamp
geyik iner nilüferlerin kar tuttuğu göle
iner geçerek arasından çadırların
Kril harfleriyle geyik sesidir adın
karlı bir iskandinav ovası gibi açılır kâğıt
çoktan gitmişler, küller, yolunmuş bulgar gülleri,
koklar durur kurt, geyiğin ayak izlerini

Your Name is a Deer Howling Written in The Cyrillic Alphabet

Your name is a deer howling written in the cyrillic alphabet
a paper unfolds like a snow-clad scandinavian plain
which we sank into
for six weeks couldn't cross on horseback

Master says
the thorn draws the bow
the whirling arrow becomes
a blue rose
deer springs, time stops

Love is a sharpshooter, cruel and nonexistent
hits the heart to wound
hits the shield to kill

The boy carves a flute in the forest his master unaware
the girl comes covering her breasts with bulgarian roses
she comes picking rosehips
from the barbed bushes

Master says
the thorn draws the bow
Love is something else or just this
a one armed, even blind archer
finds the softest point of every shell

Boy sleeps under his horse
Master sleeps, horses sleep, camp sleeps
deer comes down by the lake, waterlilies covered with snow
comes down passing between tents

Your name is a deer howling written in the cyrillic alphabet
a paper unfolds like a snow-clad scandinavian plain
they have already gone, ashes, plucked bulgarian roses
the wolf keeps sniffing the deer's hoof prints

Translated by Gökçenur Ç. and Robyn Marsack 

The Poet

Gökçenur Ç. is a poet, translator, editor, and poetry activist based in Istanbul.

As poet
With seven Turkish poetry books to his name in Turkish, he has received prestigious prizes such as the Arkadaş Z. Özger Best Debut Poetry Book Prize for his first publication, and the Sabahattin Kudret Aksal Literature Prize and Metin Altıok Poetry Prize for his latest work. His Selected Poetry books has been published in English, German, Italian, Serbian, Romanian, Bulgarian.

As editor
He is the co-editor of the Turkish domain in Poetry International portal and is on the editorial board of Macedonian-based international literary magazine Blesok. He is the editor of renowned literature Magazine Offline Istanbul. He also edited many of literature magazines, poetry, and poetry in translation books in Turkish.

As translator
He has translated and published selected poetry books of Wallace Stevens, Paul Auster, Ursula Le Guin, Ocean Vuong, Anne Carson and many other exceptional world poets into Turkish and some of the best Turkish poets into English.

As poetry activist
He has participated and/or organized poetry translation workshops and festivals in many countries. He is the curator and co-director of Word Express; co-director of international poetry festivals Offline Istanbul, Poesium Istanbul, Mosaic of Metaphors Gaziantep, and Turkish American Poetry Days; and have been board member of Nilüfer International Poetry Festival, Crete International Poetry Festival and Kritya International Poetry Movement.

Henning Bergsvag, Norway
Fernando Pensa, Italy


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