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”

Marina Michael Christaki, Greece


Λέξεις που δεν καίγονται

Οι λέξεις καίγονται
μες στο μυαλό
σαν μένουν μόνες.
και δίνουν τη θέση τους
σε άλλες λέξεις.

Υπάρχουν λέξεις που δεν καίγονται.
Γιατί εκείνο το μυαλό
αρνείται να τις κάψει.
Μα κι εκείνες
αρνούνται την πυρά.
Λέξεις που ξέρουν να γλιστρούν
μες στο μυαλό με τέχνη.
Άκαφτες λέξεις.

Μαρίνα Μιχαήλ Χρηστάκη, αρμενόπετρα, Μανδραγόρας, 2021, σ. 28, 29

(Extracts from the collection of poems under the title: "Armenopetra")

Words are getting burnt
into the mind
when left alone.
They are getting burnt
conceding their place
to other words.

There are though words which
are not getting burnt.
For the mind
refuses to burn them.
But they also refuse the pyre.
Words that know how to slip
elaborately into the brain.
Unburnt words.

Marina Michael Christaki, armenopetra , Mandragoras, 2021, p. 28, 29
Translation into English: Marina H. Spanaki

Ηλιοτυπία (απόσπασμα από την ποιητική σύνθεση ηλιοτυπία)

Τον έδιωξες.
Τον μέντορα.
Πού καιρός να ξεκινήσεις τώρα νέες συμμαχίες,
καινούργιες έχθρες.
Πού αντοχές να αφεθείς ξανά
σε εκείνα τα απαιτητικά ταξίδια
της μεταμόρφωσης.
Να αντέξεις τη μεταβολή.
Ίσως ακόμα και τον θάνατο.
Της ταυτότητας.
Κι αυτή η επιστροφή;
Θέλει κότσια.
Έτσι ολοκαίνουργια όπως θα καταφτάνεις
φέρνοντας το δώρο σου
για τον καινούργιο κόσμο.

Άστρο ολόφωτο
τις παράξενες καμήλες
της ζωής σου

Πετάς τα περιττά.
Περικόπτεις τα βαρετά.
Επιλέγεις, συμπυκνώνεις, διατάσσεις.
Στην ακριβή τους θέση.
Όλα όσα υπηρετούν πιστά τον πυρήνα.

Ερμηνεύεις εξασθενημένα αινίγματα.
Τολμάς προσθήκες ομορφιάς.
Δημιουργείς καινούργιες σχέσεις αιτιότητας.
Εστιάζεις στη γραμμή πλοκής.
Μπορείς να υπαινίσσεσαι.
Δική σου η ιστορία.

Μαρίνα Μιχαήλ Χρηστάκη, ηλιοτυπία, Μανδραγόρας, 2022, σ. 31, 32

(Extracts from the composition of poems under the title: "Heliogravure")

You've sent the mentor away.
No time to start
new alliances now,
new rivalries.
No stamina to
let yourself loose to those
demanding journeys of metamorphosis.
No more endurance for change.
Perhaps not even for death.
Of identity.
And the returning?
Needs guts.
Arriving brand new
Bringing your gift
to the new world.

Bright-shining star.
You are leading
the bizarre camels
of your life.
Throwing away the unnecessary.
Cutting off the boring.
Choosing, condensing, arranging.
At their exact place.
All that serves loyally the core.

Deciphering weakened enigmas.
You dare additions of beauty.
Creating new causality relations
Focusing at the plot line.
At last.
You can imply.
Yours is the story.

Marina Michael Christaki, heliogravure, Mandragoras, 2022, p. 31,32
Translation into English: Marina H. Spanaki

The Poetess

Marina Michael's Christaki was born in Vachos, a village in the Region of Vianos, and lives in Heraklion of Crete. She has graduated from Technology of Agronomy, Pedagogical Science and European Civilization. She has an MSc specializing in Creative writing. She is a teacher of Technology in the High School of Archanes, Crete. She publishes in various literary electronic as well as printed journals poems as well as prose. Her writing work is included in various collective publishing books and journals and has received many awards from public and private sectors. She has published the poetry collection armenopetra (Mandragoras, 2021), the poetic composition: heliotypia (Mandragoras, 2022) and the poetic comrosition hartographia (Mandragoras, 2023). She won the Prize of «Debutant poet/ess» for her poetry collection Armenopetra/ Mandragoras publications, 2021. She is a Municipal Councilor candidate for the municipal elections of October 2023, for the Municipality of Heraclion Crete, Greece, under the Alexis Kalokairinos' group named «Dikaioma stin Poli» (Right to the City).

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