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”

Konstantinos Bouras, Greece


Konstantinos Bouras, GREECE

The Universe

Ecopoetry 1/2019

The Poems

The Universe

We are all a tiny pebble
In the world's mosaic
No one magnificent, no one great
Yet important
For the inner miracle
For the outer image
That transforms
Into something accessible, sustainable
And tangible…
As long as we realize
With modesty
And awareness of The ridiculous
That resides in every human pettiness.
The existence, yes, the existence is
Something different, much wider, much stronger
Than the flimsy soap bubbles
Of our flesh.
We are pustules
On the body of the universe.
Voracious cockroaches,
Greedy ants,
Arrogant cicadas…
But some of us
Become blackbirds
That sing like nightingales
Imitating the Harmony of the Universe
Making up melodies
In the perpetuity
Of this very moment
Which might AS WELL be a century
As long as you manage to forget yourself
For a little while
To subdue your ego,
To leave the shirt
Of your personality
On the hanger, in the closet
Of the house
And let yourself roam around
Naked, free and innocent…
This is the only way to add some
Weight to our poems and to our art
The lowborn one…

(translated by Eleni Karapa)


Το Σύμπαν

Όλοι ένα πετραδάκι είμαστε
Στο μωσαϊκό τού κόσμου
Κανείς σπουδαίος, κανείς τρανός,
Σημαντικοί όμως
Για το μέσα θαύμα
Για την έξω εικόνα
Που μετασχηματίζει
Την πραγματικότητα
Σε κάτι βατό, βιώσιμο
Κι απτό…
Φτάνει να συνειδητοποιούμε
Την ταπεινότητα
Με σεμνότητα
Κι επίγνωση Τού γελοίου
Κάθε ανθρώπινης μικρότητας.
Η ύπαρξη, ναι, η ύπαρξη είναι
Κάτι άλλο, πιο πλατύ, πιο γερό
Από τις σαθρές σαπουνόφουσκες
Τού σαρκίου μας.
Φλύκταινες είμαστε
Στο σώμα τού σύμπαντος,
Αχόρταγες κατσαρίδες,
Πλεονεκτικά μυρμήγκια,
Αλαζόνες τζίτζικες…
Όμως κάποιοι από εμάς
Γινόμαστε κοτσύφια
Που τραγουδούν ως αηδόνια
Μιμούμενα την Παγκόσμια Αρμονία
Μελωδίες υλοποιώντας
Εις το διηνεκές
Τής στιγμής
Που μπορεί να γίνει ΚΑΙ αιώνας
Φτάνει για λίγο να λησμονήσεις
Τον εαυτό σου,
Να καθυποτάξεις το εγώ σου,
Να αφήσεις το πουκάμισο
Τής προσωπικότητάς σου
Στην κρεμάστρα, στην ντουλάπα
Τού σπιτιού
Και να αφεθείς να κυκλοφορείς
Γυμνός, ελεύθερος κι αθώος…
Μόνον έτσι ζυγίζουν κάτι
Τα ποιήματα κι η τέχνη μας
Η χθαμαλή…

* * * 

Ecopoetry 1/2019

The day started by killing
A scorpion in the sink
Of the mountain hut
Where I summer.
I don't know whether these little
Poisonous animals are
More toxic
Than some people
In the office. At least, these ones
Do not defend themselves if you don't hurt them.
A bit later in the outdoor
Sink I saw a bunch of
Wasps drowned in
Their effort for some water.
I am thinking that three things
Kill people:
The thirst for money, for power,
For love … which is a
Deep-rooted need of theirs:
To identify and exorcize
Death (these ones, each one
Of them better than all
The others)…

(translated by Eleni Karapa)


Ecopoetry 1/2019

Ξεκίνησε η μέρα σκοτώνοντας
Έναν σκορπιό στον νιπτήρα
Τής ορεινής καλύβης
Όπου ξεκαλοκαιριάζω.
Δεν ξέρω αν αυτά τα ζωάκια
Τα δηλητηριώδη είναι
Περισσότερον τοξικά
Από μερικούς ανθρώπους
Στο γραφείο. Ετούτα τουλάχιστον
Δεν αμύνονται αν δεν τα πειράξεις.
Αργότερα στον υπαίθριο
Νεροχύτη είδα πλήθος
Σφήκες πνιγμένες στην
Προσπάθειά τους για λίγο νερό.
Σκέφτομαι πως τρία πράγματα
Σκοτώνουν τούς ανθρώπους:
Η δίψα για χρήμα, για εξουσία,
Για έρωτα… που είναι μία
Βαθύρριζη ανάγκη τους:
Να ξεχωρίσουν και να ξορκίσουν
Τον θάνατο (αυτοί, ο κάθε ένας
Εξ αυτών καλύτερος απ' όλους
Τούς άλλους)…

The Poet

Dr Konstantinos BOURAS was born in Kalamata, a town in the Peloponnese region of Greece, in 1962. He has studied mechanical engineering at the National Metsovio Institute of Technology in Athens, and has been working in this field since 1985. K. B. has also graduated with honours in theatrical studies in the School of Philosophy at Athens University. Post graduate studies in theatre (D.E.A.) at Paris III (La nouvelle Sorbonne), in Paris. In 2019 he obtained his PhD (with honours) in Literature, Foreign Languages, Translation and Theatrology from the Ionion University in Corfu. Visiting Professor at the University of Athens. 40 volumes of his poetic works have been published as well one novel. 


Ο Δρ Κωνσταντίνος ΜΠΟΥΡΑΣ γεννήθηκε στην Καλαμάτα το 1962. Σπούδασε μηχανολόγος μηχανικός στο Εθνικό Μετσόβιο Πολυτεχνείο στην Αθήνα κι εργάζεται σε αυτόν τον τομέα από το 1985. Αποφοίτησε επίσης με άριστα από το Τμήμα Θεατρικών Σπουδών του Πανεπιστημίου Αθηνών. Μεταπτυχιακές σπουδές θεάτρου (D.E.A.) στο Paris III (La nouvelle Sorbonne), στο Παρίσι. Το 2019 υποστήριξε και του απονεμήθηκε διδακτορικός τίτλος σπουδών από το Τμήμα Ξένων Γλωσσών, Μετάφρασης και Διερμηνείας του Ιόνιου Πανεπιστημίου στην Κέρκυρα. Επισκέπτης Καθηγητής στο ΕΚΠΑ. 40 τόμοι του ποιητικού του έργου έχουν εκδοθεί, καθώς επίσης και ένα μυθιστόρημα.

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