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”

John Tolias, Greece

John Tolias, Greece

John Tolias, Greece

The Poems

When You Come

When you come
I will stifle the lights and the hours
leave only a mauve aura
illuminating your eyes
I will look at you stone-still
bleeding jasmine and summer

You won't speak
Our glass brimming
with an infirm memory's aroma
us drinking from it endlessly
to the glory of decay

When you leave
I plead with you
do not give me back my eyesight.


Όταν θάρθεις

Όταν θάρθεις
θα σβήσω τα φώτα και τις ώρες
να αφήσω μονάχα το μωβ
να φωτίζει τα μάτια σου
θα σε κοιτάζω ασάλευτος
αιμορραγώντας γιασεμί και θέρος

Δεν θα μιλάς
Θα γεμίζει το ποτήρι μας
το άρωμα μιας άρρωστης μνήμης
να πίνουμε ατελείωτα
στο μεγαλείο της σήψης

Όταν φύγεις
σε παρακαλώ
μη μου επιστρέψεις την όραση.

* * * 

You'll come

You'll come
to the water towers
of my sorrow

Vespertine fog scenery
Lamp-post in crystal essence

Weathervanes will be spinning around
the margin of a lonely
and forbidden word

You will dare to articulate it
with unreachable eyes

Like the blueness of your nostalgia.



στους υδατόπυργους
της λύπης μου

Βραδινό τοπίο ομίχλης
Φανοστάτης σε υφή κρυστάλλινη

Οι ανεμοδείκτες θα γυρίζουν
στο περιθώριο μιας λέξης
μοναχικής κι απαγορευμένης

Θα τολμήσεις την άρθρωσή της
με μάτια ανέφικτα

Σαν το γαλάζιο της νοσταλγίας σου.

The Poet

John Tolias was born in 1956 in the city of Patras where he lives and works, His poetic works have been published in literary magazines and have also been included in anthologies. In 1984 for his poem collection of "Dreamdrama". Βιβλία του: Μωβ Σημαία (1981) Αθήνα, Ονειρόδραμα (1984), (Β΄ έκδοση 2001) Περί τεχνών, Εξίτηλος Χρόνος (1999) Αχαϊκές Εκδόσεις, Ο Πειρασμός της νοσταλγίας (2002) Πάτρα, Αμαρτολόγιο (2007) Πάτρα, Λυσίπονον (2008) Περί τεχνών, Ευλύπη (2011) Εκδόσεις Γαβριηλίδης, Ό,τι άγγιξα κι Ό,τι Θυμάμαι (2011) Εκδόσεις Γαβριηλίδης, Ασκήσεις Συναισθήματος (2013) Πάτρα, he was awarded the Poetry Prize by the school of Fine Arts & Literature, for books published in the provinces of Greece. His poems have been translated into English, French and Spanish. His poem collections include: Purple Flag (1981) Athens, Dream drama (1984), (2nd edition 2001) On the Arts, ExitilosTime (1999) Achaic Editions, The Temptation of Nostalgia (2002) Patras, Amartologio (2007) Patras, Lysiponon (2008) On the Arts, Evlipi (2011) Gavriilides Publications, Everything I Touched and What I Remember (2011) Gavriilides Editions, Emotional Exercises (2013) Patras, Pandemic of oblivion (2021) Patras


Ο Γιάννης Τόλιας γεννήθηκε το 1956 στην Πάτρα. Έργα του έχουν δημοσιευτεί σε λογοτεχνικά περιοδικά και περιλαμβάνονται σε ανθολογίες. Για τη συλλογή του « Ονειρόδραμα ». Τιμήθηκε με το βραβείο ποίησης από τη Στέγη Καλών Τεχνών & Γραμμάτων για βιβλία που εκδόθηκαν το 1984 στην επαρχία. Ποιήματά του έχουν μεταφραστεί στα Αγγλικά και στα Γαλλικά και στα Ισπανικά. Βιβλία του: Μωβ Σημαία (1981) Αθήνα, Ονειρόδραμα (1984), (Β΄ έκδοση 2001) Περί τεχνών, Εξίτηλος Χρόνος (1999) Αχαϊκές Εκδόσεις, Ο Πειρασμός της νοσταλγίας (2002) Πάτρα, Αμαρτολόγιο (2007) Πάτρα, Λυσίπονον (2008) Περί τεχνών
Ευλύπη (2011) Εκδόσεις Γαβριηλίδης, Ό,τι άγγιξα κι Ό,τι Θυμάμαι (2011) Εκδόσεις Γαβριηλίδης, Ασκήσεις Συναισθήματος (2013) Πάτρα, Πανδημία Λήθης (2021) Πάτρα

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