Patras World Poetry Festival

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DECEMBER 10th - 13th  2020 

We would like to inform you that due to the implementation of a new lockdown in our country and the increase in the number of coronavirus cases, the organizing and scientific committee of the “Jean Moréas International Awards” and the Patras International Poetry Festival postpones the date of the event on December, 10-13 of 2020.

Digital Event

The Patras World Poetry Festival 2020 this year is entitled "National Poets" and plans to host 60 poets from 15 different countries around the world.

This year the festival  be held online and virtually, as far as COVID-19 impact affects significantly the implementation of this event.

In the four-day online event there will be 6 meetings lasting up to 3 hours, where the guest poets will be presented with readings in 2 languages, via live connection. The events will be attended by invited representatives of institutions and the jury, while the program will include speeches, presentations, tributes, music, etc.

In addition, the following activities will take place within the schedule of the Festival events:

  • online Award of the annual Greek Poetry Awards "Jean Moréas" (Saturday December 12th)
  • Art Exhibition "National Poets" with the participation of 20 Greek artists and 10 artists from different countries (live and digital tour)
  • Collectible trilingual edition of the poems of the participants, in the first language of each artist, in Greek and English

The 3rd Patras World Poetry Festival 2020 is organized by the Poetry Fountation “Grafeion Poiiseos”, the literary website Culture Book ( and the multicultural center Epikentro Plus History & Arts, while every year it is under the auspices of the Ministries of Culture and the Ministry of Tourism*. Supporters of the event are the Greek Library of London, the Cultural Center “Kostis Palamas”, the University of Western Macedonia, the Hellenic Open University and many other important institutions, as claimed under the Aegis of the President of the Hellenic Republic.

Awarding of Poetry Awards "Jean Moréas" for the year 2019

This annual event will be held digitally at one session of the PWPF Poetry Event 2020, with a presentation of the award-winning poets and recitations by them. This is the annual event during which the "Jean Moréas" Prizes are awarded for Greek poetic art and Greek poetic production in its entire range. They are recognizable nationwide and concern the poetry collections that were published throughout the previous calendar year from the year of the award. They refer both to young poets and newcomers and to those who are recognized with their poetic work along time.

The event is highly appreciated by the Greek literary and artistic circle of readers. In this year's event, in addition to the institutionalized awards, a very important foreign poet will be honored, who with his/her lifelong work honors the literature outside Greece.The Award Committee is composed of Greek University professors, as well as very important poets and poetry critics who will evaluate the work of the honorees.


On behalf of the organizing committee.

Kotopoulos H. Triantafyllos, President of the “Patras World Poetry Festival”

Skiathas D. Antonis, President of the Poetry Fountation “Grafeion Poiiseos”

Alaniadi Maria, Event Manager of the “Patras World Poetry Festival”

Elsa Korneti, Greece

Elsa Korneti, Greece

Elsa Korneti, GREECE

An Indoor Man

Doll House

The Poems

An Indoor Man

If a person means something to you

You do not allow him to leave

You plant him in a flowerpot

You water him

You put him in the light

You name him

An Indoor Man

At times a fly

Will spit on him

At times a house pet will nibble on him

At times a child will pluck him

At times indifference will wither him.

(Translated by Patricia Felisa Barbeito)


Άνθρωπος Εσωτερικού Χώρου

Αν κάποιος είναι σημαντικός
Δεν τον αφήνεις να φύγει
Τον φυτεύεις σε μια γλάστρα
Τον ποτίζεις
Τον βάζεις στο φως
Τον ονομάζεις
Άνθρωπο Εσωτερικού Χώρου

Κάποτε μια μύγα θα τον φτύσει
Κάποτε ένα κατοικίδιο θα τον μασήσει
Κάποτε ένα παιδάκι θα τον μαδήσει
Κάποτε η αδιαφορία θα τον μαράνει

* * * 

Doll House

When you were just a young 'un
you played hide and seek with dolls for fun
and that's how one fine day
you ran off and hid away
somewhere where you left no trail
Then, locked in a Lilliputian jail
you found yourself by accident
By accident the cat swallowed the key
By accident no-one noticed your truancy

And by accident one day you grew
Your arms hung out of the windows
Your legs out of the door
Your head poked out of the chimney flue.

And your doll house prison break
by mistake was believed to be
a mutiny.

(Translated by Patricia Felisa Barbeito)


Το κουκλόσπιτο

Όταν ήσουν μικρή
Έπαιζες με τις κούκλες σου κρυφτό
Μια μέρα έτρεξες να κρυφτείς
Εκεί όπου κανείς δεν μπορούσε να σε βρει
Τότε κλειδώθηκες κατά λάθος σε λιλιπούτεια φυλακή
Η γάτα του σπιτιού κατάπιε κατά λάθος το κλειδί
Η απουσία σου κατά λάθος δεν έγινε από κανέναν αντιληπτή

Κάποτε κατά λάθος μεγάλωσες
Τότε τα χέρια σου βγήκαν από τα παράθυρα
Τα πόδια σου από την πόρτα
Και το κεφάλι σου από την καμινάδα

Η απόδρασή σου απ' το κουκλόσπιτο
θεωρήθηκε κατά λάθος επαναστατική

The Poet

Elsa Korneti is a poet and essayist. Her career has been similarly diverse: studies in finance were followed by work as a journalist. She has published thirteen books. Her poems, short stories, book reviews, essays and translations have appeared in numerous domestic well-known literary magazines. Her poetry has been translated into several languages and is also featured in various foreign anthologies and magazines. Two poetry collections of her, were nominated for the Greek National Poetry Award.


Η Έλσα Κορνέτη είναι ποιήτρια και δοκιμιογράφος. Γεννήθηκε στο Μόναχο. Σπούδασε Oικονομικά στην Ελλάδα και στην Γερμανία και εργάστηκε ως δημοσιογράφος. Δημοσιεύει τακτικά ποιήματα, διηγήματα, δοκίμια, κριτικά κείμενα και μεταφράσεις. Ποιήματά της έχουν μεταφραστεί και δημοσιευτεί σε έντεκα γλώσσες. Έχει εκδώσει συνολικά δεκατρία βιβλία εκ των οποίων τα εννιά ποίησης. Δύο ποιητικά βιβλία της ήταν υποψήφια για το Κρατικό Βραβείο Ποίησης.

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