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”

M. Seppola Simonsen, Norway


Neither poem has a title, and both were first published in the collection "Hjerteskog/Syđänmettä" in 2022, by Flamme Forlag.

Poem 1:

i en annen tid

staker jeg en elvebåt

så lett, den raser opp

Raisinjoki som en gud

urelva hvor steinen ligger

like under strømmen

og jeg er så lett

og det samme er båten

vi har alltid gjort dette, på grunna

vi ble laget til dette formålet alene

English version, for translation purposes only:

in another time
I punt* a river boat
so light, it rages up
Raisinjoki** like a god
The primeval river where stone lies
just beneath the current
and I'm so light
and so is the boat
we have always done this, in the shallows
we were made for only this

*The river boat was traditionally pushed, or punted, rather than rowed, up the stream. That said, row or launch can also work.

**this is the name of a river and should be in italics

Poem 2:

vinteren kommer så raskt

grønne blader støpes i is

dette er Arktis, varmt på innsiden

svarte bølger hamrer mot stranda

måken skriker, stemmen sprekker

på deg vil jeg vente

på laksen som kommer tilbake i juli
med sølvskjell som funkler forvrengt

English version, for translation purposes only:

winter comes so fast
green leaves are forged in ice
this is the Arctic, warm on the inside
black waves hammer the beach
seagulls shriek, my voice breaks
for you I'll wait
for the salmon that returns in July
with silver scales that gleam contortedly

The Poet

M. Seppola Simonsen is a queer Kven poet and artist from the arctic region of Northern Norway. In 2022, they debuted with the collection 'Syđänmettä // Hjerteskog' (Heartforest); an investigation of Kven identity and loss of language in contemporary Norway. This collection was well received, winning both the Tariej Vesaas debut prize, and the Havmann price. In 2023, Seppola Simonsen's published their second poetry collection, titled "Den tredje" (The Third), which seeks to develop its own language in order to find - and embrace - a third position, one between male and female. Concerned with questions of identity and language, nature and power, the young poet writes in dialog with an everchanging political climate. Seppola Simonsen currently lives in Oslo, where they study environment and development at the University of Oslo.

Panagiotis Kerasidis,Greece
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