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”

Kleoniki Drougka, Greece


Επείγουσα παραγγελία

―Πλήρωσα κάτι παραπάνω και
δυο τρεις μέρες μου είπατε
πια και θα 'ναι εδώ
στον φάκελο έγραψα «επείγον»
ξεφλούδισα τον χρόνο
–ο πατέρας βίδωνε
ρόδες βοηθητικές του ποδηλάτου.
―Δεν ήρθε ακόμα.
―Τι παραγγείλατε, λοιπόν;
―Τα καλοκαίρια που ήμουνα παιδί.
―Λυπούμεθα. Αργήσατε.
Εξαντλημένο απ' τον εκδότη.

Priority order

―I did pay some extra money
It takes two or three days
you've told me
to arrive.
I've written "urgent" on the envelope
peeled off the day.
In the meantime, father was bolting
training wheels to my bicycle.
―It hasn't arrived yet.
―So what did you order?
―My childhood summertimes.
―Sorry, too late.
It's out of print by the publisher.


Στην αρχή θρηνείς την άνοιξη που αγάπησες

ύστερα σου επιστρέφεται η χαρά
χάδια στα στάρια που σηκώνουν κεφάλι
θάρρος στη σκιά
τραγούδι στα κύματα
κάνεις κότσο τα μαλλιά
φυτεύεις την αλμύρα μέσα
να μη στεγνώσει
κανονίζεις μεγεθυμένο καλοκαίρι
Ζωγραφίζεις στην άμμο
σχήματα ελευθερίας
Ανοίγεις τους μεντεσέδες της ψυχής
με δυο φωνήεντα χαράς
Φοράς το περιδέραιο του μπλε
στο ηλιόφως
Ζέστανε ο καιρός τα όνειρα
Άνοιξες το πουκάμισο

Τίποτε δεν μπορεί να πάει στραβά το καλοκαίρι.

Sense of saltiness

At first you mourn the spring you loved

but then joy restores when
you kindly touch the wheat that raise their heads
brace yourself in the shade
sing to the waves
do your hair up in a salty bun
pray not to dry
plan an endless summer
drawing upon the sand you sit on
shapes of freedom
unlatch your soul
with two vowels of joy
wear the necklace of the blue sea
under the sunlight.
The weather has warmed the dreams you've made
should you now unbutton the shirt.

Nothing can go wrong in summertime.

The Poetess

Kleoniki Drougka is a graduate of AUTH in Philosophy, holds a master's and a doctoral degree. Her ideological orientations focus on scriptwriting – cinema, poetry, prose and education. She has published scientific books, two poetry collections and participated in other Collective works. Her scientific articles have been published in Greek and foreign journals, in proceedings of Greek and international conferences and her poems / novels in various literary journals. She has written short fiction film scripts and participated in the creation of documentary films, winning awards in Greek and international competitions. She teaches Screenwriting at the Department of Cinema, School of Fine Arts, AUTH and at the Inter-Institutional master's Program "Creative Writing" (University of Western Macedonia - Aristotle University of Thessaloniki).

Kostas Kremmydas, Greece
Katerina Liatzoura, Greece


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