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”

Aristea Papalexandrou, Greece



μούσα πολύτροπον…

Την ξέρω αυτήν την άγνωστη
Από το φως που άπλωνε
το μαύρο φόρεμά της.

Θά 'λεγα απ' την ανάποδη
κι εκείνη πως με ξέρει
Νιώθω σαν να με παρακολουθεί
απ' τον καιρό που ασθμαίνουσα
τριγύριζα στην πόλη
Κι άκουγα λες και από μακριά
στο αφτί μου την σιωπή της:
«Άλαλη αντίζηλος γλιστρά
με φόρα στην Σταδίου»

Άλαλη αντίζηλος εγώ
Κι ορθώνεται μπροστά μου

Ωραία η νεαρά σιωπή
Με ξέρει και την ξέρω.
Εγώ κι εκείνη
στο μαύρο μου φουστάνι
Σαν κάτι θέλει να μου πει
Με τρώει για να με τρέφει
Γλυκά εισχωρεί στο είναι μου

Την τρέφω και με τρέφει.

[Μας προσπερνά, Κέδρος 2015, σ. 9-10]

The Fugitive
(Stadiou St.)

I know this stranger
By the light spread by
her black dress

I should put it the other way round
it's she who knows me
I feel like she's been following me
since the time when gasping
I wandered about the city
And I heard as if from afar
her silence in my ear:
"Speechless rival slip
into Stadiou swiftly"

I the speechless rival
And it rises before me

Lovely this youthful silence
It knows me and I know it
I and her
in my black dress
As if she wants to tell me something
Consuming me to feed me
Sweetly permeating my being

I feed her and she feeds me.

[Aristea Papalexandrou, It's Overtaken Us, bilingual edition
translated by Philip Ramp, Fomite Press, Burlington, Vermont 2020, p. 9]

Περνούν οι μέρες
μικραíνει η ζωń
και ποιο φως
ποιο σκοτάδι θ' αντέξει

[Μας προσπερνά, Κέδρος 2015, σ. 5]

The days go by
life gets shorter
and which light
which darkness will endure

[Aristea Papalexandrou, It's Overtaken Us, Bilingual edition
translated by Philip Ramp, Fomite Press, Burlington, Vermont 2020, p. 3]

The Poetess

Aristea Papalexandrou was born in Hamburg in 1970. She has published six books of poetry: Dio onira prin (Two Dreams Ago, 2000), Allote allou (Once, Elsewhere, 2004), Odika ptina (Songbirds, 2008), Ypogeios (Underground, 2012), Mas propserna (It's Passing Us By, 2015) Nychterini Vivliothiki (Night Library, 2020). She has studied music and Medieval and Modern Greek Literature. She works as an editor. For her last book, It's Passing Us By, she had honored by the Academy of Athens, in December 2017.

Αλέξανδρος Βαναργιώτης(ΙΙΙ)
Antonia Botonaki, Greece


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