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”

Eleftheria Thanoglou, Greece

Eleftheria Thanoglou, Greece

Eleftheria Thanoglou, Greece


The Poems

In days won

He built houses,
bought more land
he sowed fruit and planted crosses
on three continents.
He married twice
had five children in total,
a couple of steady paramours
in furnished apartments.

All possessions cars and houses
given away in inheritance.
He tried to salvage something of his memory
in states of immigrants
to anyone willing to listen.

He passed away full of years.

The casket's shape
identical to that of so many others
and memory becomes a bone;
toy for the dogs.

(The Death of Birds / ΑΩ publications, 2021)

(translated by Manos Apostolidis)


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Κερδισμένες εποχές

Έχτισε σπίτια,
αγόρασε κι άλλη γη
έσπειρε καρπούς και φύτεψε σταυρούς
σε τρεις ηπείρους.

Έκανε δυο γάμους
πέντε παιδιά το σύνολο,
με δυο τρεις ερωμένες σταθερές
σ' επιπλωμένα διαμερίσματα.

Κινητά κι ακίνητα
όλα δοσμένα με διαθήκη.
Προσπάθησε να περισώσει κάτι από τη μνήμη του
σε πολιτείες μεταναστών
σ' όσους ήταν πρόθυμοι ν' ακούσουν.

Απεβίωσε πλήρης ημερών.

Της κάσας το καλούπι
ίδιο κι απαράλλαχτο με τόσων άλλων
κι η μνήμη κόκαλο ∙
παιχνίδι για σκύλους.

(Ο θάνατος των πτηνών/Εκδόσεις ΑΩ, 2021)


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Making of impressions

There was a man
who could swim amidst the ocean
yet upon reaching the shallows
would call for help, he was drowning.
In the end they built him an island with palm trees
to shipwreck there
for they'd grown tired of his pretend drownings.

Ever since, the man comes up with gallows on the trees.

( The five ages of red / Publ. Pikramenos, 2017)

(translated by Manos Apostolidis)


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Δημιουργίες εντυπώσεων

Ήταν ένας άνθρωπος
που ενώ ήξερε να κολυμπάει μεσοπέλαγα
όταν έφτανε στα ρηχά
ζητούσε βοήθεια γιατί πνιγόταν.
Στο τέλος του έφτιαξαν ένα νησί με φοινικιές
να ναυαγήσει εκεί
γιατί είχαν βαρεθεί τους ψεύτικους πνιγμούς του.

Από τότε αυτός σκαρφίζεται κρεμάλες πάνω στα δέντρα.

(Οι πέντε εποχές του κόκκινου/Εκδ. Πικραμένος, 2017)


The Poet

Eleftheria Thanoglou was born in 1978, is from Olimpiada Halkidikis and lives in Thessaloniki. She is a member of the editorial team of the online magazine culturebook.gr and Grafeion Poiiseos. She has published 3 poetry collections: The five ages of red/2017, representation/2019, The Death of Birds/2021. Her poems and short stories have been published in collective editions, in print and electronic literary magazines.She has written theatrical monologues that were included in the musical performance Maria Polydouri ONLY WHY DID YOU LOVE ME by the composer Giorgos Diplas. Her poems have been translated in English, Italian, Spanish, Albanian and German. She is a member of the Writers Association of Thessaloniki.

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Η Ελευθερία Θάνογλου γεννήθηκε το 1978, κατάγεται από την Ολυμπιάδα Χαλκιδικής και διαμένει στην Θεσσαλονίκη. Είναι μέλος της συντακτικής ομάδας του διαδικτυακού περιοδικού culturebook.gr και του Γραφείου Ποιήσεως. Έχει εκδώσει τις ποιητικές συλλογές. Οι πέντε εποχές του κόκκινου (εκδ. Πικραμένος, 2017), α ν α π α ρ ά σ τ α σ η (εκδ. Πικραμένος, 2019) και Ο θάνατος των πτηνών (εκδ. ΑΩ, 2021). Ποιήματά και διηγήματά της έχουν δημοσιευθεί σε συλλογικές εκδόσειςσε έντυπα και ηλεκτρονικά λογοτεχνικά περιοδικά. Θεατρικοί της μονόλογοι συμπεριλήφθηκαν στην μουσική παράσταση Μαρία Πολυδούρη ΜΟΝΟ ΓΙΑΤΙ Μ' ΑΓΑΠΗΣΕΣ του συνθέτη Γιώργου Δίπλα. Ποιήματά της έχουν μεταφραστεί στην αγγλική, την ιταλική, ισπανική, αλβανική και γερμανική γλώσσα. Είναι μέλος της Εταιρίας Λογοτεχνών Θεσσαλονίκης. 

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