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”

Demetra Christodoulou, Greece

Demetra Christodoulou, Greece

Demetra Christodoulou, Greece

The Poems


Terrified the night knocked on my door
As if hunted by thieves.
I had no reason to deny refuge
To a defenseless creature.
She entered. The dawn cracked violently outside
In a white, operating-room light.

Thus I was taught to play hostess to the end.
As a coexistence, as an act of kindness
To a hunted woman.
She stands on the verge of the life left for me
Wrapped in her heavy quilts.
She does not demand, or impeach, or confess.
More often she takes from my hands
Instead of food a bouquet of daisies.
When I wash my windows I find them
Sketched in the air of breath.
They sparkle, the woman rejoices,
I, of course, remain silent.

Snowed on with slaughter and science
The city outside is still growing.
The middle wall faintly cracks
Like the bones of a child growing up
Deprived of the right to mourn love
Deprived of hope in the darkness of a hug.




Έντρομη χτύπησε την πόρτα μου η νύχτα
Σαν να την κυνηγούσαν ληστές.
Δεν είχα λόγο να αρνηθώ καταφύγιο
Σ' ένα ανυπεράσπιστο πλάσμα.
Μπήκε. Ξημέρωσε έξω βίαια
Μ' ένα άσπρο φως χειρουργείου.

Έτσι διδάχτηκα να δεξιώνομαι το τέλος.
Ως μια συνύπαρξη, ως πράξη καλοσύνης
Προς μια κυνηγημένη γυναίκα.
Στέκει στην άκρη της ζωής που μου μένει
Τυλιγμένη στα βαριά της παπλώματα.
Δεν απαιτεί, δεν καταγγέλλει, δεν ομολογεί.
Πιο συχνά δέχεται από τα χέρια μου
Αντί τροφής ένα μπουκέτο μαργαρίτες.
Όταν πλένω τα τζάμια μου τις βρίσκω
Σχεδιασμένες από την άχνα της πνοής.
Εκείνα αστράφτουν, η γυναίκα χαίρεται,
Εγώ, όπως είναι λογικό, σωπαίνω.

Χιονισμένη από σφαγή κι επιστήμη
Η πόλη έξω συνεχίζει να αναπτύσσεται.
Τρίζει η μεσοτοιχία ανεπαίσθητα
Σαν τα οστά παιδιού που μεγαλώνει
Χωρίς δικαίωμα στον θρήνο της αγάπης
Χωρίς ελπίδα σε σκοτάδι αγκαλιάς.

The Poet

Demetra Christodoulou was born in Athens in 1953. She studied Law and Philology. She has published 15 books of poetry, one of prose and an anthology of translated ancient Greek lyric poetry. She has been awarded the State Poetry Prize in 2008, the prize of the literary magazine NAGNOSTIS in 2015 and the prize "Zean Moreas" of the Poetry Bureau in 2018. Her poetry has been translated into various languages.


Η Δήμητρα Χ. Χριστοδούλου γεννήθηκε στην Αθήνα το 1953 , σπούδασε Νομικά και Φιλολογία και εργάστηκε στη Μέση Εκπαίδευση. Έχει εκδώσει 15 βιβλία ποίησης , ένα με πεζά κείμενα και μεταφράσεις αρχαίας λυρικής ποίησης. Της απονεμήθηκαν το Κρατικό Βραβείο Ποίησης 2008, το Βραβείο Ποίησης 2015 του" ΑΝΑΓΝΩΣΤΗ" και το Βραβείο Ποίησης 2017 "Ζαν Μορεάς" του Γραφείου Ποίησης.

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