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”

Maria Christodoulou, Cyprus


Ενέδρες σε ταξίδι

Συννεφιασμένος ο ορίζοντας
αυτός ο έρωτας
ελέγχει τη ζωή μου.

Υποψία φόβου.
Δεν είναι καιρός για πειράματα.
με ύπνο γερμένο στα γόνατα.

Απομνημονεύω τις συντεταγμένες:
Παρίσι, Ρώμη, Λονδίνο, Πράγα
τόποι με κραδασμούς της νιότης.

Επίμονη η ανατολή
χαρίζει τα χρώματά της.
Κοιμάμαι , ξυπνώ
ανάμεσα στην πραγματικότητα
και το όνειρο.

Ιστορία ή μύθος;

με καρδιά να κτυπά
στο κεφάλι.

Ενεδρεύει συμφωνία μουσική
με ανεξάρτητο ρεφραίν
στη δική μου ευαισθησία.

Ο ορίζοντας
γαρδένια λευκή
χωρίς ακρωτηριασμούς.

Ambushes on a journey

Cloudy horizon
this love
controls my life.

Suspicion of fear.
This is no time for experiments.
I lie awake
with sleep leaning on the knees.

I memorize the
Paris, Rome, London, Prague
places with vibrations of youth.

Persistent sunrise
gives away its colors.
I sleep, I wake up
between reality
and the dream.

History or myth?

with a beating heart
on the head.

Lurking symphony music
with independent chorus
to my own sensitivity.

The horizon
gardenia white
without mutilations.

Translation: Andry Christofidou-Antoniadou


Μπουγάδα στα ανοικτά
της θάλασσας
να στεγνώσει τ' αλάτι
στις χαραμάδες ήλιο ψάχνω
να εξατμίσω τις πατρίδες
του μίσους.

Κύματα ραγίζουν
τον αμφιβληστροειδή
σαν φίδια με τυλίγουν.

Στου νερού τα πάθη
ποια μοίρα σάς μοίρανε;
Θηρευτές τής αγάπης
πού πήγαν τα άστρα απόψε;

Αλυχτάει η ψυχή μου.

Στο καλάθι σωρός
τα αυγά της χελώνας.
Ο τοίχος αντίκρυ
βαμμένος με σύννεφα.

Αναλώσιμα αγαθά
οι άνθρωποι.

Ένα πράσινο σαπούνι
φάρμακο για κάθε λεκέ.


Laundry in the open
for the salt to dry
I am searching for sun in the crevices
to evaporate the homelands
of hatred.

Waves are cracking
the retina
like snakes wrapping around me.

In the passions of water
what destiny came down on you?
Predators of love
where have the stars gone tonight?

My soul is howling.

In the basket a pile
of turtle eggs.
The opposite wall
painted with clouds.

are consumable.

A green soap
is being sought
a medicine for every stain.

Translation: Andry Christofidou-Antoniadou

The Poetess

Maria Christodoulou is from Famagusta and lives in Larnaca. She studied pedagogy at the Cyprus Pedagogical Academy and at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Following that, preceded with her postgraduate studies at the University of Reading, UK, where she majored in organization, planning and management of education. She currently works as an assistant principal of Primary Education. She is engaged in poetry, prose, dancing and painting as well as in actions which aim to promote mental health and contribute to the overall well-being of young people. Her poems and short stories were included in literary magazines and anthologies in Cyprus and abroad. Currently, she has her first poetry collection forthcoming and it's named "Hand gestures in the light", which was in the shortlist of the Thraka award of 2023. She is a member of the Organizing Committee of the Larnaca's World Poetry Festival and the Cultural Movement of Larnaca.

Nikos Erinakis, Greece
Maria Koursi, Greece


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