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 (culturebook.gr) 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.

Sincerely,

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”

Alma Braja, Albania

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Alma Braja, Albania

The Poems


SELECTED MEMORY

In the dim light
of the almost full moon
the streets look paved shadows.
Forgotten are the words of a poem,
only the essence is left here
and I, forgotten too
between verses
who knew how to lock me inside them.
Meanwhile others
say that life is hidden somewhere
and all that left behind
is selected memory.


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ΕΠΙΛΕΓΜΕΝΗ ΜΝΗΜΗ

Στο λιγοστό φως
της σχεδόν γεμάτης σελήνης
οι δρόμοι φαίνονται στρωμένοι σκιές.
Ξεχασμένα έχω τα λόγια ενός ποιήματος
μόνο η ουσία έχει μείνει εδώ
και ο εαυτός μου ξεχασμένος είναι
ανάμεσα σε στίχους
που ήξεραν να με κλείσουν μέσα τους.
Εν τω μεταξύ άλλοι
λένε ότι η ζωή είναι κάπου κρυμμένη
και το μόνο που άφησε πίσω
είναι επιλεγμένη μνήμη.


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TASTE OF RUINS

In the recently discovered ruins
a kneeling archaeologist
something is trying to clean up.

Somewhere further, next to a table
a skeleton dressed in rags
seems to be watching him.

From the dim light of the ruins
another archaeologist sounds:
"Time was merciless with the poet!"

The one kneeling next to the skeleton
continuing cleaning, he says:
"Yes, but his words still have taste ..."


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ΓΕΥΣΙΣ ΕΡΕΙΠΙΩΝ

Στα προσφάτως ανακαλυφθέντα ερείπια
ένας γονατισμένος αρχαιολόγος
κάτι προσπαθεί να καθαρίσει.

Κάπου πιό πέρα, δίπλα σε ένα τραπέζι
ένας σκελετός ντυμένος κουρέλια
μοιάζει να τον παρακολουθεί.

Από το ημίφως των ερειπίων
ένας άλλος αρχαιολόγος ακούγεται:
"Ανελέητος ο χρόνος με τον ποιητή!"

Ο γονατισμένος δίπλα στο σκελετό
συνεχίζοντας να καθαρίζει, λέει:
Ναι, όμως οι λέξεις του, έχουν ακόμα γεύση ..."


The Poet

Alma Braja (Gjirokaster 1974). Since 1993 she lives and works in Athens. She studied tourism. Her poems and prose have been published in anthologies, in newspapers and literary magazines in Albania and Kosovo, as well as in Greece at Poiein.gr and Frear.gr, where her anthology "15 + 1 Albanian poets" was also published. Her first poetry collection Sand in a fist was recently published in Albanian.

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Alma Braja (Αργυρόκαστρο 1974). Από το 1993 ζει και εργάζεται στην Αθήνα. Σπούδασε τουριστικά επαγγέλματα. Ποιήματα και πεζά της έχουν δημοσιευτεί σε ανθολογίες, σε εφημερίδες και λογοτεχνικά περιοδικά στην Αλβανία και το Κοσσυφοπέδιο, καθώς και στην Ελλάδα στο Poiein.gr και στο Φρέαρ, όπου δημοσιεύτηκε και η ανθολογία της «15 + 1 Αλβανοί ποιητές». Η πρώτη της ποιητική συλλογή Άμμος στη χούφτα, εκδόθηκε πρόσφατα στα αλβανικά.

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