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”

Antonis D. Skiathas, Greece

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Antonis D. Skiathas, Greece

The Poems

The salpinx

There are,
days with sobs like heavers
in nocturnal patrols,
there are,
nights with brothers slaughtered
in blasphemies of consciousness,
there are lives with workers mailing birth pains
and desires bulimic to wives expectant,
for a sunday feast,
laid out on linen tablecloth,
a pitcher of ice-cold water
and beef roast, steeped in thyme.

There are lacerated people,
every day of the year
who decrepit, unrecognizable,
in the deep of night
hear the execution salpinx.


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Η σάλπιγγα

Υπάρχουν,
μέρες με λυγμούς χαμάληδες
στα περίπολα της νύχτας,
υπάρχουν,
νύχτες με σφαγμένους αδερφούς
στα βλάσφημα της συνείδησης,
ζωές με εργάτες που ταχυδρομούν ωδίνες
και επιθυμίες βουλιμικές σε εγκυμονούσες συζύγους,
για ένα κυριακάτικο τραπέζι,
στρωμένο με λινό τραπεζομάντηλο,
μια καράφα παγωμένο νερό
και ένα ταψί κρέας, βουτηγμένο στο θυμάρι.

Υπάρχουν πληγιασμένοι άνθρωποι,
όλες τις μέρες του έτους
π' αγνώριστοι, γερασμένοι,
στα βαθιά μεσάνυχτα
ακούν τη σάλπιγγα της εκτέλεσης.


* * * 


Invocation

In times
then of long fasting
an unfortunate commencement
of memorial services
for the dreadful summertide
an unfortunate
ceasing
too of little home gatherings.

Ever since
loneliness
is ubiquitously read.



*


Δέηση

Σε περιόδους
λοιπόν μεγάλης νηστείας
ατυχώς ξεκίνησαν
τα μνημόσυνα
για το φρικτό θέρος
ατυχώς
σταμάτησαν
κι οι μικρές συγκεντρώσεις στα σπίτια.

Έκτοτε
η μοναξιά
διαβάζεται παντού.


The Poet

Antonis D. Skiathas was born in Athens, 1960, and today lives in Patras, Greece. He studied Chemical Engineering and in Master's programs for Art Work Conservation and also for Creative Writing. He is a poet, anthologist, and literary critic. Thirteen poetry collections, and other works of his, have been published. His poems have been translated into fifteen languages and he has been anthologized both within Greece and abroad. His articles and essays on poetry, history, and education have appeared in newspapers and periodicals. He is a member of the Writers Collaboration and the Circle of Poets. In the '90s he co-edited the literary magazine Ελίτροχος. Subsequently he created and managed the Bureau of Poetry, the Jean Moréas awards, Culture Book (https://www.culturebook.gr/), and he is the chairman of the Greek Library of London. In 2020, the E.U.N.I.C.[1] honored him by appointing him representative poet of Greece in the United Kingdom. He teaches poetry in two different Master's Programs for Creative Writing.[2] [3]

[1] European Union National Institutes for Culture
[2] Interdisciplinary Master's Programs for Creative Writing, University of Western Macedonia and Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.[3] Master's Program in Creative Writing, University of Western Macedonia and Hellenic Open University.

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Ο Αντώνης Δ. Σκιαθάς γεννήθηκε στην Αθήνα το 1960 και σήμερα ζει στην Πάτρα. Σπούδασε Χημικός Μηχανικός με μεταπτυχιακές σπουδές στην Συντήρηση Έργων Τέχνης και στη Δημιουργική Γραφή. Είναι ποιητής, ανθολόγος και κριτικός λογοτεχνίας. Έχουν εκδοθεί 13 ποιητικές συλλογές και άλλα βιβλία του. Ποιήματά του έχουν μεταφραστεί σε 15 γλώσσες ενώ έχουν συμπεριληφθεί σε ανθολογίες στην Ελλάδα και στο εξωτερικό. Άρθρα και δοκίμιά του για την ποίηση, την ιστορία και την εκπαίδευση έχουν δημοσιευτεί σε εφημερίδες και περιοδικά. Είναι μέλος της Εταιρείας Συγγραφέων και του Κύκλου Ποιητών και πρόεδρος της Greek Library Of London. Συνδιηύθυνε το λογοτεχνικό περιοδικό "Ελίτροχος" στη δεκαετία του '90. Στη συνέχεια δημιούργησε και διαχειρίζεται το "Γραφείον Ποιήσεως" , τα Βραβεία Ποίησης "Zαν Mορεάς" το Culture Book https://www.culturebook.gr/ και το Patras World Poetry Festival. Το 2020 τιμήθηκε από τον φορέα πολιτισμού στην Ευρωπαϊκή Ένωση EUNIC, να εκπροσωπήσει την Ελλάδα ως ποιητής στο Ηνωμένο Βασίλειο. Διδάσκει ποίηση στο Διατμηματικό Μεταπτυχιακό Τμήμα Δημιουργικής Γραφής του Πανεπιστημίου Δυτικής Μακεδονίας και του ΑΠΘ.

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