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”

Christos Katroutsos, Greece

Christos Katroutsos, Greece

Christos Katroutsos, Greece

The Poems


Coming back from work again
after the day's wages of my unemployed thought,
I' m looking for keys I've been collecting
for home, the car, for the anxiety of the closet.
I had learned all the teeth
of a key that opens everything,
unlocking my yes
because I heard no
with vigor in the cries of the dawn
from a throat that shines pain and silence,
maybe I'll be hired as the last one
in the melting of the erevus.



Γυρνώντας πάλι απ' τη δουλειά
μετά το μεροκάματο της άνεργής μου σκέψης,
κλειδιά να ψάχνω που συνέλεγα
για σπίτι, τ' αυτοκίνητο, της αγωνίας το ερμάρι.
Τις οδοντώσεις όλες είχα μάθει
μη φτιάξω ένα κλειδί που όλα να τ' ανοίγει,
το ναι μου ξεκλειδώνοντας
γιατί το όχι μου ακούστηκε
με σθένος στις κραυγές του ξημερώματος
από λαρύγγι που διαλάμπει πόνος και σιωπή,
μήπως και προσληφθώ σαν έσχατος
στην τήξη του ερέβους.

* * * 

Into my loneliness swamp

Here and there a heron
Visits her to feed himself;
The loneliness becomes thick.

Fish in the marsh
They are cubic in shape
They don't swim
They don't need a tail.

I' m fishing the cubes
And I'm building a wall
Don't make loneliness visible
Don't be an unprotected reed in the wind.
With every mastery I alphad my omega
After all, I was the builder's homeless son
But luckily, the fish were very few
Leaving a gap in the wall
Like I hung a window on him.


Η μοναξιά μου έλος,
Πού και πού ένας ερωδιός
Την επισκέπτεται για να τραφεί·
Η μοναξιά

Στο έλος τα ψάρια
Έχουν σχήμα κυβικό
Δεν κολυμπούν
Δεν τους χρειάζεται ουρά.

Τους κύβους αλιεύω
Και χτίζω έναν τοίχο
Η μοναξιά περίβλεπτη μη γίνει
Και μείνω απροστάτευτο σε άνεμο καλάμι.
Με κάθε μαεστρία το ωμέγα μου αλφάδιαζα
Αφού, του οικοδόμου ήμουν ανέστιος γιος
Μα ευτυχώς, τα ψάρια ήταν λιγοστά
Αφήνοντας στον τοίχο ένα κενό
Σαν να του κρέμασα παράθυρο.

The Poet

Christos Katroutsos was born and lives in Athens, having had two solo exhibitions (Lisbon and Vault), while he participated in several group exhibitions with his works appearing in well-known publications and high-traffic websites. He has published two poetry collections. His poems and essays were hosted in local publications and websites known to the artistic public (culturebook, Frear, diastixo, Mandragoras, etc.). He has worked as an advertiser, columnist and director in print media, among others.


Ο Χρήστος Κατρούτσος γεννήθηκε και ζει στην Αθήνα έχοντας κάνει δυο ατομικές εκθέσεις (Λισαβόνα και Vault) ενώ, συμμετείχε σε αρκετές ομαδικές με έργα του να διακρίνονται σε γνωστά έντυπα και ιστότοπους υψηλής επισκεψιμότητας. Έχει εκδώσει δυο ποιητικές συλλογές. Ποιήματά του και δοκίμια φιλοξενήθηκαν σε έντυπα του χώρου και γνωστούς στο καλλιτεχνικό κοινό ιστότοπους (culturebook, Φρέαρ, diastixo, Μανδραγόρας κ.α.). Έχει απασχοληθεί μεταξύ άλλων ως διαφημιστής, αρθρογράφος και διευθυντής σε έντυπα μέσα.

Χλόη Κουτσουμπέλη - Το Παιχνίδι
Roman Kissiov, Bulgaria


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