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”

Gjoko Zdraveski, North Macedonia


Gjoko Zdraveski, North Macedonia

The Poems

the body remembers everything

one should sit still for days.
be quiet with his eyes closed. but
be awake and observe.
for days on end one should, bit by bit,
patiently sharpen up the mind.
not let even a scratch under the nose
fly off, not even a dimple
along the back, a shimmer of the nerve
from the top of the head to the heels.
one should stand on the side and
observe. bereft of passion of a supporter.
free of judgment. no stone cast. no wrath,
but no joy either. free of yearning. just as is.
prostrate. without the space and the time.
and only then can one start.
for the body remembers everything.
even the fear of your mother
as you were turning in
her womb.

(Translated by Lazar Popov)


телото памти сѐ

треба со денови да се седи мирен.
со затворени очи да се молчи. но
да се биде буден и да се набљудува.
треба со денови, малку по малку,
трпеливо да се остри умот.
да не му побегне ниту еден јадеж
под носот, ниту една морница
по грбот, ниту една игра на нервот
од врвот на главата до стапалата.
треба отстрана да се биде и да се
набљудува. без страст на навивач.
без суд. без фрлен камен. без лутина,
но и без радост. без копнеж. тукутака.
простум. од просторот и времето надвор.

и дури тогаш може да се почне.

оти телото памти сѐ.
и стравот на мајка ти дури
додека си ѝ се превртувал
во утробата.

* * * 


my grandad enclosed his courtyard with a fence
and thus won a plot of land,
though he lost the world.
and then he started to partition
that plot of land and
name the gardens.
I was a child and I loved most
the little connecting doors.

we stake in poles – bounds,
we draw maps with some boundaries
and place people there
that scan through our bags
asking us where we are going
as though it really mattered to them.

where are you heading, gojko?
the border guard asks me at five o'clock
in the morning, and I, still not fully awake, say to him: home.
while thinking to myself:
back and forth the earth
or up and down? in space
or in time? now
or always and for eternity?

we are centuries away from freedom.
for we still set ourselves free from
other people's chains. and we do not feel
in the guts the key from the cell
in which we are locked.
we forget that the coffee we drink
to wake up is contained
in the residue at the bottom of the cup.
every day we talk about it. we even dare
sing about it. it's just that,
we do so ill. full with
fear, instead of love.

(Translated by Lazar Popov)



дедо ми со тараби си го омеѓи дворот
и така доби парче земја,
ама го загуби светот.
а потоа почна и тоа свое парче земја
да го преградува и
да им дава имиња на бавчите.
а јас бев дете и најмногу ги сакав
вратничките што ги спојуваа.

забодуваме колци-меѓници,
цртаме карти со некакви граници
и ставаме таму луѓе
што ни буричкаат по торбите
и нѐ прашуваат каде патуваме
како да им е тоа стварно важно.

gdje se putuje, gojko?
ме прашува меѓничарот во пет часот
наутро, а јас, уште неразбуден, му велам: дома.
а си мислам:
по земјава
или угоре-удолу? во просторот
или во времето? сега
или секогаш и во вјеки вјеков?

векови сме далеку од слободата.
затоа што сѐ уште од туѓите синџири
се ослободуваме. и не го чувствуваме
во утробата клучот од ќелијата
во која сме заробени.

забораваме дека кафето што го пиеме
за да се разбудиме е содржано во
талогот на дното од шолјата.

секој ден за неа зборуваме. дури и
да запееме се дрзнуваме. само,
тоа го правиме болни. со страв
полни, наместо со љубов.

The Poet

Gjoko Zdraveski graduated at Blaže Koneski Faculty of Philology in Skopje. He writes poetry, short prose and essays. He has published four books of poetry:
Palindrome with Double 'N' (2010), house for migratory birds (2013), belleove (2016), daedicarus icaral (2017), and one book of short-short stories: Reality
cut-outs (2019). His poetry has been translated into several European languages. He has taken part in poetry festivals in Europe, among which are: Trgni se!
Poezija! (Wake up! Poetry!), Belgrade, 2013; Mlade rime (Young Rhymes), Ljubljana, 2013; Ledbury Poetry Festival, Ledbury, 2015; Festival Voix Vives de
Méditerranée en Méditerranée, Sѐte, 2015; Dnevi poezije in vina (Days of Poetry and Wine), Ptuj, 2015; Europejski Poeta Wolności (The European Poet of
Freedom), Gdańsk, 2016; Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival, Valletta, 2017; Stih u regiji (Verse in the Region), Zagreb, 2019; Dzejas dienas, Riga, 2019; Felix Poetry Festival, Antwerpen, 2020. Since 2015 he is part of Versopolis project.

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