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”

George Veis, Greece

George Veis, Greece

George Veis, Greece

The Poems

Time's (Simple) Reversal

«Through the orange tree's leaves
the day passes, cleaning its wings
silver words suspended: midday.
With your right hand you indicate the sea,
an absence of matter, tomorrow you 'll call it
departure. It's windy,
my ears filled with dust, truth's filter.»

I wrote and remained there.
Let me recall still more recall:

«My ears filled with truth, sand's filter
it's windy, return
a presence, matter, tomorrow you 'll call it
sea (again and again)
with my left hand I indicate
my silver seconds –
how they roll, how they return here where I am,
breakfast in Cairo or Folegandros in mind –
always the same hawk passes
cleaning its wings in the rain's wake

I write and remain here

Yorgos Veis, From: N, as Nostalgia, Athens: Ypsilon Books 2008.

(Translated by David Connolly)



Στην Θεώνη Κοτίνη

«Μέσα από τα φύλλα της πορτοκαλιάς
περνά η μέρα, καθαρίζει τα φτερά της
ασημένια λόγια αιωρούνται: μεσημέρι.
Με το δεξί χέρι δείχνεις τη θάλασσα,
μια απουσία ύλης, αύριο θα την πεις
αναχώρηση. Φυσάει,
τ' αυτιά μου γέμισαν χώμα, φίλτρο αλήθειας.»

Έγραψα κι έμεινα εκεί.
Να θυμηθώ ακόμη να θυμηθώ:

«Τ' αυτιά μου γέμισαν αλήθεια, φίλτρο άμμου
φυσάει, επιστροφή
μια παρουσία, η ύλη, αύριο θα την πεις
θάλασσα (πάλι και πάλι)
με το αριστερό χέρι δείχνω
τ' ασημένια μου δευτερόλεπτα –
πώς κατρακυλούν, πώς επιστρέφουν εδώ που είμαι,
πρωινό στο Κάιρο, ή σκέψη Φολέγανδρος –
περνά το ίδιο γεράκι πάντα
καθαρίζει τα φτερά του στο απόβροχο

Γράφω και μένω εδώ

The Poet

The life of previous Greek Ambassador to UNESCO and prolific writer George Veis (Athens, Greece 1955-) revolves around making connections between Greece and other countries, mainly P. R. of China, where he served twice as diplomat, totally for 8 years. In addition to his 35-year career in diplomacy, he is also a reputable Greek writer who has written 28 books, including 14 collections of poems. Some of his works have been translated into nine languages. Georgios Veis won three times Greece's most distinguished literary honor, the State Literary Award, for his travel memoirs. Also the Academy of Athens awarded twice his poetry in the years 2008 and 2014. He is member of the Society of Greek Writers.


Ο Γιώργος Βέης γεννήθηκε στην Αθήνα το 1955. Πρέσβυς επί τιμή. Σπούδασε νομικά. Ποιήματά του έχουν μεταφραστεί σε επτά ευρωπαϊκές γλώσσες, ινδονησιακά και κινεζικά. Από το 1976 ασχολείται με την κριτική της λογοτεχνίας. Μέλος της Εταιρείας Συγγραφέων. Υπηρέτησε στο Διπλωματικό Κλάδο του Υπουργείου Εξωτερικών. Έχουν εκδοθεί 28 έργα του, 14 εκ των οποίων ποίησης και 5 βιβλία μεταφράσεων. Έχει τιμηθεί τρεις φορές με το Κρατικό Βραβείο Λογοτεχνίας στον τομέα της Μαρτυρίας-Χρονικού-Ταξιδιωτικών εντυπώσεων. Η ποιητική του συλλογή "Λεπτομέρειες κόσμων" απέσπασε το Βραβείο Λάμπρος Πορφύρας της Ακαδημίας Αθηνών το 2007. Το 2012 του απονεμήθηκε ο Ανώτερος Ταξιάρχης του Φοίνικος για τις υπηρεσίες του στον διπλωματικό κλάδο. Το 2014 τιμήθηκε με το Βραβείο Ποίησης του Ιδρύματος Πέτρου Χάρη της Ακαδημίας Αθηνών, για το σύνολο του έργου του.

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