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”

Valia Tsaita-Tsilimeni, Switzerland

Valia Tsaita-Tsilimeni, Switzerland

Valia Tsaita-Tsilimeni, SWITZERLAND 

The legs


The Poems

The legs

One night you borrowed my legs
I remember; you reached the door of the house
out of breath
Your shirt was torn on the shoulder
It looked like a wound; I wondered -
You told me hurriedly: "your legs, lend me your legs for one night only"
You said you wanted them
To help you
Pressing the grapes
You were alone, you said.

For one day only, you said.

You left me without legs
Nine days and nights
I had half dreams
Incomplete bodies
The sleep, the sheet
they were wrapping me between the hours
as if I was a mould.

On the ninth day, silent, you returned them
They had sprouted purple lilies
around the knees

Years later I learned that you were mourning
Nine days and nights
On my legs
The absence


Τα πόδια

Δανείστηκες ένα βράδυ τα πόδια μου
Θυμάμαι· έφτασες στην πόρτα του σπιτιού
Σκισμένο στον ώμο το πουκάμισό σου
Έμοιαζε με πληγή· αναρωτήθηκα —
Μου 'πες βιαστικά: "τα πόδια σου, δάνεισέ μου τα πόδια σου για μια νύχτα μόνο"
Είπες πως τα 'θελες
Στο πάτημα των σταφυλιών
Να σε βοηθήσουν
Μόνος σου ήσουν, είπες.

Μια μέρα μόνο, είπες.

Μ' άφησες δίχως πόδια
Εννιά μερόνυχτα
Έβλεπα όνειρα μισά
Κορμιά ανολοκλήρωτα
Ο ύπνος, το σεντόνι
με τύλιγαν ανάμεσα στις ώρες
σα να 'μουν εκμαγείο.

Την ένατη μέρα, σιωπηλός, τα επέστρεψες
Γύρω απ' τα γόνατα είχαν φυτρώσει
μωβ κρινάκια

Χρόνια αργότερα έμαθα πως πενθούσες
Εννιά μερόνυχτα
Πάνω στα πόδια μου
Την απουσία

* * * 


That fall, I remember
I was collecting yards ;
Wherever I was, I had my eyes
Focused on the gardens

I was reaching out the hands
And grabbing greedily
Every curve, every line –

And then I was walking
Many hours
I was crossing deserted roads
Without voice, without signs

My hands were hurting
The shoulders were bent
I was becoming a whole
A bird

I was breaking the asphalt all night
With the mouth wet
Welcoming the rose mornings
With broken teeth
With empty hands
And pebbles on the feet


Οι αυλές

Εκείνο το φθινόπωρο, θυμάμαι
Μάζευα αυλές·
Όπου κι αν πήγαινα, είχα τα μάτια μου
Στραμμένα στους κήπους

Άπλωνα τα χέρια
Λαίμαργα άρπαζα
Κάθε καμπύλη, κάθε γραμμή –

Κι ύστερα περπάταγα
Ώρες πολλές
Διέσχιζα δρόμους έρημους
Δίχως φωνή, δίχως σημάδια

Πονούσαν τα χέρια μου
Λυγίζαν οι ώμοι
Γινόμουν ολόκληρη
Ένα πουλί

Την άσφαλτο έσπαζα ολονυχτίς
Με το στόμα υγρό
Υποδεχόμουν τα ροδαλά πρωινά
Με δόντια σπασμένα
Με χέρια αδειανά
Και χαλίκια στα πόδια

The Poet

Valia Tsaita-Tsilimeni teaches literature, language and translation at the University of Geneva where she defunded her Phd on identity, social criticism and literary writing in the so-called "1920s generation" in Greece. In addition to her academic duties, she is involved in photography, and "Wild Herbs" (Kichli Publications, 2017) is her first poetry collection. Contains poems written in 2011-2012.


Η Βάλια Τσάιτα-Τσιλιμένη διδάσκει λογοτεχνία, γλώσσα και μετάφραση στο Πανεπιστήμιο της Γενεύης όπου εκπόνησε τη διδακτορική της διατριβή πάνω σε θέματα ταυτότητας, κοινωνικής κριτικής και λογοτεχνικής γραφής στη λεγόμενη « γενιά του 1920 » στην Ελλάδα. Πέρα από τα ακαδημαϊκά της καθήκοντα, ασχολείται με τη φωτογραφία, και τα « Άγρια Χόρτα » (Εκδόσεις Κίχλη, 2017) είναι η πρώτη της ποιητική συλλογή. Εμπεριέχει ποιήματα που γράφτηκαν το 2011-2012.

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