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”

Jen Webb, Australia



The science of kindness

A history of speech

The Poems

The science of kindness [1]

It's one minute before the scheduled  departure time and she  is running  up
the stairs and up the stairs, across the bridge and down, and as her left foot 
hits the  platform  the train  is there. Someone helps her on board, someone 
moves up to make room, the doors close. She'll be home within a few hours,
fires permitting, and no clear idea of what is  waiting  for her there. The  train
rolls   through  the  suburbs  and  out  into the  wilds. The  cat  in  her  bag is
working its way  free and  the  sun is  going down,  a  silhouette  against  the
flames, and the moon is coming  up, red  on red. Her  phone  turns  itself  off
and she places it gently in her pocket, leans back in her seat, closes her eyes. 

[1] Published in Messages from the Embers 2020


A history of speech

I like  a  door  that  sounds decisive when you  close it a child who knows
precisely when to hang up the phone the historian who discourses on the
use  of "hang up" for  the phones  we  now use my  rusting   memories of
lying on the floor of my parents' bedroom spiral wired phone  against  my
head listening to you breathe while you listened to me breathe as though
we were rehearsing for a future we would not live to see.

Leaving love behind, you place the phone back in its cradle. Leaving love
behind, you close the door. So gently it might have been a breath.

The Poet

Jen Webb is a Canberra-based poet, who arrived here via South Africa, New Zealand, Canada, the Western Australian Outback, and Central Queensland.She is a distinguished professor at the University of Canberra, researching poetry, cultural theory, and creative practice. Her poems have been publishedin many local and international journals, and have been anthologised and translated; she is also the author of 5 collections of poetry, and 7 poetry pamphlets. Jen is co-editor of the bilingual volumes Open Windows: Contemporary Australian Poetry (2016) and Writing the Pacific (2007), and of the journals Meniscus, and Axon: Creative Explorations.
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