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”

Yiannis Panoussis, Greece


Yiannis Panoussis , GREECE

Αnthem for my lovely Country

The Poems

Αnthem for my lovely Country

My lovely Country
I learned about you
in my school's reading books
on the Kolonos hill

My lovely Country
I loved you
in my grand father's narrations
near the extinguished wood stove

My lovely Country
I discovered you
inside the watchtower
of the foggy Larissa

My lovely Country
I admired you
in the Komotini's expectations

My lovely Country
I forgot you
running from here and there
searching a new identity

My lovely Country
I mislaid you
-fortunely for a while-
lost in faint hopes for a globilised peace

My lovely Country
I hurted you
denying the History and the Heroes

My lovely Country
I betrayed you
holding and waving other flags

My lovely Country-Mother
you must go back
you have to protect all your children
in Greece and abroad
from the dangers of the future

Without you
we keep the forch of a glory
which burns but it never illuminates us.


The Poet

Yiannis Panoussis was born in Athens, in 1949. He is married and has three children. He graduated from Athens University, holds a degree in Law (1972) and in Political Science & Public Administration (1975). He post graduated from the University of Poitiers, in France; he holds a DEA and a Doctorate Degree (PhD) in Criminal Sciences. He had been teaching Criminal and Forensic Sciences at Democritus University of Thrace for nineteen years (1978-1997).He was also elected deputy rector of Democritus University of Thrace (1994-1997). Since 1997, he has been teaching Criminology at the Faculty of Communication and Media Studies (University of Athens). President / member of many Greek and Foreign (European) scientific and social bodies (President of Central Scientific Prison Committee, member of Law Commission for Drugs and Hooliganism, member of Education Committee of OECD, member of UNESCO National Committee, member of National Center for Social Sciences etc).a Author of 20 books and 200 articles (mainly about Criminology). In 2012, he was elected a Member of Parliament, in the first region of Athens, for"Democratic Left". In 2015, he sworn in as Deputy Minister of Public Order and Citizen Protection.



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