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”

Antonini Smyrilli, Cyprus


Antonini Smyrilli, Cyprus

Me and my Cat

Clinical Case

The Poems

Me and my Cat

Today we have the blues
and no makeup on

Me and my cat
have this queer relation
A perverse communication

We refuse to compromise
to normalize

We carry our grief
and like magnets
the grief of others

In a maze
we disengage
as we look for
our thoughts

impossible to get out
There is no Ariadne
nor a thread

Only so do we wander
with our blues
without makeup

(Translated by Despina Pirketti)


Εγώ και η Γάτα μου

Σήμερα είμαστε μελαγχολικές
Και άβαφες

Εγώ και η γάτα μου
Έχουμε μια παρά φύσιν σχέση
Μια διαστροφική επικοινωνία

Αρνούμαστε να συμβιβαστούμε
Να κανονικοποιηθούμε

Κουβαλούμε τη θλίψη μας
Και σα μαγνήτες
Τη θλίψη των άλλων

Σ' έναν λαβύρινθο
Στις αναζητήσεις
Των σκέψεών μας

Αδύνατο να βγούμε
Δεν υπάρχει Αριάδνη
Ούτε μίτος

Έτσι μόνο περιφερόμαστε
Και άβαφες

* * * 

Clinical Case
-What's that on your head?
The doctor asked me

-It's magic
Whenever I feel down
I shrink
and it soars

I cave in

-Weird girl

-It scares me
In there, it's never dawn
I have no one near
Me and myself

-Selfishly absurd, he said

The doctor got into his hat
and I into mine

(Translated by Despina Pirketti)


Κλινική Περίπτωση

-Τι είναι αυτό στο κεφάλι σου;
Με ρώτησε ο γιατρός μου

-Είναι μαγικό
Όποτε έχω τις μαύρες μου
Εγώ συρρικνώνομαι
Και αυτό ψηλώνει


-Παράξενο κορίτσι

-Με τρομάζει
Εκεί μέσα δεν ξημερώνει ποτέ
Δεν έχω κοντά κανέναν
Εγώ κι ο εαυτός μου

-Εγωιστικά παράλογο, είπε

Ο γιατρός μπήκε στο καπέλο του
Κι εγώ στο δικό μου

The Poet

Antonini Smyrilli was born in Cyprus in 1987. She studied Philosophy, Pedagogy and Psychology at the University of Athens. She pursued postgraduate studies at the University of Cyprus, where she is currently working on a PhD on the Theory and Philosophy of Education. Her poetry collection Βλέπω Ακόμα Παιδικά [Still in the kids zone] came out by Thraka Publications in 2017. She has also published the poetry collection Κάτω απ' το πάπλωμα (Sexpirikon Publications, 2020). Poems by her are featured in Anthologies and literary journals and also have been translated into English, German, Turkish and Arabic.


H Αντωνίνη Σμυρίλλη γεννήθηκε στην Κύπρο, το 1987. Σπούδασε Φιλοσοφία, Παιδαγωγική και Ψυχολογία στο Πανεπιστήμιο Αθηνών και συνέχισε μεταπτυχιακές σπουδές στο Πανεπιστήμιο Κύπρου, όπου εκπονεί διδακτορικό γύρω από τη Θεωρία και τη Φιλοσοφία της Εκπαίδευσης. Εξέδωσε τις ποιητικές συλλογές Βλέπω Ακόμα Παιδικά (Θράκα, 2017) και Κάτω απ' το πάπλωμα (Σαιξπηρικόν, 2020). Ποιήματά της δημοσιεύτηκαν σε Ανθολογίες και λογοτεχνικά περιοδικά και έχουν μεταφραστεί σε Αγγλικά, Γερμανικά, Τουρκικά και Αραβικά.

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