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”

Anna Griva, Greece


Anna Griva, Greece

The Poems

Artemisia Gentileschi in her atelier

The walls tables and floors
filled with Holofernes' head
sometimes cradled by Judith
and sometimes
in the arms of a maidservant

She looks at the heads
and feels deep inside
the weight of futility:
"Judith, many nights I've thought
of you contemplating murder
a swarm of angels
ancient Cherubs
placing your hand on the sword's hilt
luring you
and you not being able to resist
this suspension in time
I could not either
and now I'm burning up
in mud and paint
I who when my hands
anxiously move hold still
the fate of all women
like an old wound that opens up and
oozes even if no one is touching it".

At that moment
all the paints started flowing
a colourful waterfall
and her form
with stark black hair
appeared in front of her
and the blood flowed
from her hands
into the room and
then onto the street
painting the town
until everyone believed
that god had finally
bestowed his royal purple
on his kingdom on earth that day.

(Demons, Melani, 2020)



Οι τοίχοι τα τραπέζια τα πατώματα
γεμάτα με το κεφάλι του Ολοφέρνη
κάποτε να το κρατά η Ιουδήθ
κι άλλοτε στα χέρια μιας δούλας

Μα εκείνη κοιτά τα κεφάλια
και νιώθει μες στα σπλάχνα της
βαριά τη ματαιότητα:
«Ιουδήθ, πόσες βραδιές
σε συλλογίστηκα
να σκέφτεσαι τον φόνο
κι ύστερα να έρχονται σμήνη αγγέλων
πανάρχαια Χερουβείμ
να σου ακουμπούν στο χέρι το σπαθί
θέλγητρα να ραίνουν στη μορφή σου
κι εσύ να μην μπορείς ν' αντισταθείς
σ' αυτό το πάγωμα του χρόνου
όπως δεν μπόρεσα κι εγώ
που τώρα φλέγομαι
μέσα στις λάσπες και τα χρώματα
εγώ που όταν τα χέρια μου
ανήσυχα κινούνται
κρατώ ακίνητη
των γυναικών τη μοίρα
σαν μια πληγή παλιά
που σκίζεται και ρέει
ακόμη κι αν κανείς δεν την αγγίζει».

Και τότε άνοιξαν τα χρώματα
σαν καταρράκτης
και η μορφή της
με τα μαλλιά ολόμαυρα
στάθηκε μπρος της
χωρίς φωνή
Και το αίμα έρεε
από τα χέρια της
στο δωμάτιο
κι ύστερα στον δρόμο
κι ανέμιζε η πόλη κατακόκκινη
μέχρι που όλοι πίστεψαν
πως ο θεός τη μέρα εκείνη
πρόσφερε επιτέλους την πορφύρα του
το βασίλειό του στη γη.

Συλλογή: Δαιμόνιοι (Μελάνι, 2020)

The Poet

Anna Griva was born in Athens in 1985 and studied Greek in Athens and History of Literature in Rome. She teaches creative writing at the Hellenc Open University and she works as a translator and editor. She has published five books of poetry (her last book with the title "Demons", Melani, 2020), a book of short stories and a historical novel. Her poetry appeared in many languages.


H Άννα Γρίβα σπούδασε Φιλολογία στην Αθήνα και Ιστορία της Λογοτεχνίας στη Ρώμη. Διδάσκει Δημιουργική Γραφή στο Ελληνικό Ανοιχτό Πανεπιστήμιο, ενώ παράλληλα εργάζεται ως μεταφράστρια και επιμελήτρια κειμένων. Έχει εκδώσει πέντε ποιητικές συλλογές, ένα βιβλίο με διηγήματα και ένα ιστορικό μυθιστόρημα. Ποιήματά της έχουν μεταφραστεί σε πολλές γλώσσες.

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