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”

Alexandre Mexis, France


Alexandre Mexis, FRANCE

When Death Takes You

Under Helen's Eyes

The Poems

When Death Takes You

When death takes you
I'll come to your grave
but not to cry…
I'll come to your grave
to talk with you…
We will chat,
change the world again
as usual
as at every moment
and every new day
the gods give us
from here to the hereafter…
I'll come to your grave
to keep you company
to give you news
and confide in you
to tell you my sorrows
those that do not vanish
and my secrets too
to whom else could I tell them
without being judged too low?
When you're not here anymore
when death takes you
I'll come to your grave
to whisper to you
and to laugh too
to simply pass the time
and to live
with you…

Quand la mort t'aura pris

Quand la mort t'aura pris
je viendrai sur ta tombe
mais pas pour y pleurer…
Je viendrai sur ta tombe
pour parler avec toi…
On pourra bavarder,
refaire le monde encore
comme à notre habitude
comme à chaque moment
et chaque nouveau jour
que nous donnent les dieux
d'ici à l'au-delà…
Je viendrai sur ta tombe
te tenir compagnie
te donner des nouvelles
et me confier à toi
te raconter mes peines
celles qui ne passent pas
et mes secrets aussi
à qui d'autre les dire
sans être jugé trop bas ?
Quand tu ne seras plus là
quand la mort t'aura pris
je viendrai sur ta tombe
pour te parler tout bas
et pour y rire aussi
pour y passer le temps
pour y vivre
avec toi…


Under Helen's Eyes

or Melina's
cigarette butts...
It's the same sun
that burns the summer and warms the winter
the same sea
that takes the sailors and amuses the children
the same cicadas
that sing in the olive trees…
the same Greece
that I want you to love…

Sous les yeux d'Hélène

Sous les yeux
les batailles
de Bouboulina
ou les mégots
de Mélina…
C'est le même soleil
qui brûle l'été et réchauffe l'hiver
la même mer
qui prend les marins et amuse les enfants
les mêmes cigales
qui crissent aux oliviers…
la même Grèce
que je veux te faire aimer…

The Poet

Born in 1971 in Saint-Etienne, Alexandre Mexis is a French author of poems, plays, short-stories and short-films. He is also a painter and an English teacher and lecturer, specialised in English literature. His collections of poetry include Eros & Thanatos (2015) in reference to Freud, Un été grec (2017), a trip to Greece through poems, drawings and watercolours and Chimère.s (2019), words that sway and capsize to the rhythm of life, carefully touching every moment to better grasp its beauty. In 2020, he has a charcoal and pastel exhibition, Mythos, on Greek mythology and releases his new short-film Mustang.s.

Γιώργος Δουατζής - Ο δικός μου ιός


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