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”

Lina Fitili, Greece

Lina Fitili, Greece

Lina Fitili, Greece

The Poems


With the wound of quiescence
Straight in the heart
I walked on borders
Until I arrived
Not like the passers-by
And all the dangerous creatures
Of the night
But with my fingers yellowish
Because of too much of moon.
The rest of the cracks
The empty orbits
(are) eating.

Later, more and more silently
The fog
Like a white day
While words
Are present
And I am absent.

(Μετάφραση: Τζούτζη Ματζουράνη)


Tέλος εποχής

Με το τραύμα της ησυχίας
πάτησα σύνορο
ώσπου να έρθω
-όχι σαν τους περαστικούς
κι όλα τα επίφοβα πλάσματα
της νύχτας-
μα με κιτρινισμένα δάχτυλα
απ΄ το πολύ φεγγάρι.

Τ΄ άλλα ραγίσματα
τις άδειες κόγχες

Μετά βουβά και πιο βουβά
εκείνη η ομίχλη,
σαν άσπρη μέρα δείχνει

όσο οι λέξεις
δίνουν το παρόν

κι εγώ λείπω

* * * 


Such a pity that the beautiful island fade away
Behind cement slums
Just when we were waiting
For something to happen

It was not for our teeth
So much of death

There were children in the fort

Neither were the knives a solution

(Just like) every arrow
that hits you

it is not an Iliad.

(Μετάφραση: Τζούτζη Ματζουράνη)


Welcome to Greece

Κρίμα που έσβησε το ωραίο νησί
πίσω από Ελενίτ παράγκες

την ώρα που περιμέναμε

κάτι να συμβεί.

∆εν ήταν για τα δόντια μας
τόσος θάνατος,
στην ντάπια υπήρχανε παιδιά,
ούτε τα μαχαίρια
η λύση,
(όπως) και κάθε βέλος
που μπήγεται
δεν είναι Ιλιάδα.

The Poet

Lina Fitili was born in Larissa. She studied at the Pedagogical Department of Primary Education of University of Patras. She lives and works in Volos. Her works: The nights of colorless chalk, novella, Kastaniotis, 1997; Now it's late, Apopeira, 2011. Mythical day, poems, Endymion - nominated book for the award for 'Debut Poet Yiannis Varveris'. In 2014, her book Paraxeno Kalokairi, short stories, Estia bookstore, 2016, was published. In 2018, her poetry collection, Lifetime Face, was published by Melani. Within the next period, her novel, Golden Garden, will be published by Estia. Her reviews and translations have been published online and in print. She is a member of the organizing committee of the Panthessalic Poetry Festival.


Η Λίνα Φυτιλή γεννήθηκε στη Λάρισα. Σπούδασε στο Παιδαγωγικό Τμήμα Δημοτικής Εκπαίδευσης Πατρών. Ζει κι εργάζεται στον Βόλο. Έργα της: Οι νύχτες της άχρωμης κιμωλίας, νουβέλα, Καστανιώτης, 1997. Τώρα είναι αργά, Απόπειρα, 2011. Μυθική μέρα, ποιήματα, Ενδυμίων- υποψήφιο βιβλίο για το βραβείο Πρωτοεμφανιζόμενου ποιητή Γιάννη Βαρβέρη. Το 2014 κυκλοφόρησε το βιβλίο της Παράξενο Καλοκαίρι, διηγήματα, βιβλιοπωλείο της Εστίας, 2016. Το 2018 κυκλοφόρησε η ποιητική συλλογή της, Ισόβιο Πρόσωπο, εκδόσεις Μελάνι. Μέσα στο επόμενο διάστημα θα κυκλοφορήσει από τις εκδόσεις της Εστίας, το μυθιστόρημά της, Χρυσός κήπος. Kριτικές και μεταφράσεις της έχουν δημοσιευτεί σε ηλεκτρονικά κι έντυπα μέσα. Είναι μέλος στην οργανωτική επιτροπή του Πανθεσσαλικού φεστιβάλ ποίησης.

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