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”

Michalis Papadopoulos, Cyprus


Michalis Papadopoulos, Cyprus

The Poems

The disagreement

For Cavafy, for Seferis
we are more or less in agreement
  even with
what they said that you didn't say
with words you put into their mouth
   that they didn't speak
you have drained them so thoroughly
  so thoroughly distilled them
that they'll surely say something different
Sachtouris, Karouzos —
  there's our disagreement.
There you get off your high horse
  there you hold your peace
over those that deploy verses
  as though in retaliation
of their self,
those steering a viewpoint
  from sunless

(Translated by Despina Pirketti)


Η διαφωνία

Για τον Kαβάφη, τον Σεφέρη
πάνω - κάτω συμφωνούμε
μ' ό,τι είπαν και δεν είπατε
μ' ό,τι βάλατε στα χείλη τους
 και δεν το είπαν
  Αν και
τόσο τους εξαντλήσατε
  τόσο τους αποστάξατε
που, σίγουρα, κάτι αλλιώτικο σήμερα
  θα πούνε
Για τον Σαχτούρη, τον Kαρούζο
  είναι η διαφωνία μας
Εκεί κόβεται η φόρα σας
Για όσους μετέρχονται στίχους
  ωσάν αντίποινα
 του εαυτού τους
Όσους χειρίζονται οπτική
  από ανήλιαγο

* * * 

Ode to Diego Armando Maradona

You didn't die of heroin
    an epidemic, pills
the ransomless lament of longevity
nor what it is customary for people
    to die of
sniffing the stench
of a high-yield immortality —
  that mistily devious
consumption of their myth
  which one day goes to dull them.
You never died in the moment
    they all expected.
Nor like mortals do, with the knowledge
 that one day they will die.
Nor even like a twilight
   leaning idly against the back
of a long day
   brandishing the veil
   of glimmering stars.
 No, you didn't die
Diego Armando Maradona.
The generosity of the gods
to make off like mere men
  is not death, is it?

(Translated by Despina Pirketti)


Ωδή στον Ντιέγο Αρμάντο Μαραδόνα

Δεν πέθανες από ηρωίνη
    επιδημίες, χάπια
το άλυτρο πένθος της μακροβιότητας
Ούτε απ' ό,τι πεθαίνουν συνήθως
    οι άνθρωποι
  μυρίζοντας τη λίγδα
μιας υψηλότοκης αθανασίας
    εκείνη την ανεξιχνίαστα δολερή
κατανάλωση του μύθου τους
    που μια μέρα τούς στομώνει
Δεν πέθανες ποτέ την ώρα
  που όλοι περίμεναν
Κι ούτε όπως οι βροτοί γνωρίζουν
 πως, μια μέρα, θα πεθάνουν
Μήτε σαν ένα λυκόφως
    γέρνει νωχελικά στην πλάτη
της κουρασμένης μέρας
    ανεμίζοντας το πέπλο
   των φεγγοβόλων άστρων
  Όχι, δεν πέθανες
Ντιέγο Αρμάντο Μαραδόνα
Η γενναιοδωρία των θεών
να την κάνουν σαν άνθρωποι
  δεν είναι θάνατος

The Poet

Michalis Papadopoulos was born in Nicosia. He studied philosophy at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He has published six collections of poetry (Ammolithos, 1997, Within the Borders, State Poetry Award, 2000, Helicopter of a Fantastic Helicopter, 2010, Versions of a Poem, 2016, One in White and Two in Black, Sonata for Abstraction, in collaboration with the poet Nikolaidis, 2017, First Words, 2021). He has participated in various poetry festivals and poetic-artistic meetings in Cyprus, Greece and abroad, while his poems have been translated into various languages. He was a co-founder and collaborator of the Cypriot cultural magazine "Anev". Until recently, he worked as a journalist, copywriter and text editor in the print and electronic press, while he was responsible for publishing the cultural insert "Idydono" of the newspaper "I Simerini".


Ο Μιχάλης Παπαδόπουλος γεννήθηκε στη Λευκωσία. Σπούδασε φιλοσοφία στο Αριστοτέλειο Πανεπιστήμιο Θεσσαλονίκης. Έχει εκδώσει πέντε ποιητικές συλλογές (Αμμόλιθος, 1997, Εντός Συνόρων, 2000 (Κρατικό Βραβείο Ποίησης Κύπρου), Έλικας Φανταστικού Ελικοπτέρου, 2010, Εκδοχές ενός Ποιήματος, 2016, Μια στο Λευκό και δυο στο Μαύρο, Σονάτα για την Αφαίρεση, σε σύμπραξη με τον ποιητή Παναγιώτη Νικολαΐδη, 2017).Έχει συμμετάσχει σε διάφορα φεστιβάλ ποίησης και ποιητικές-καλλιτεχνικές συναντήσεις στην Κύπρο, στην Ελλάδα και στο εξωτερικό, ενώ ποιήματά του έχουν μεταφραστεί σε διάφορες γλώσσες. Εργάζεται ως δημοσιογράφος, κειμενογράφος και επιμελητής κειμένων στον έντυπο και ηλεκτρονικό Τύπο, ενώ είχε την ευθύνη έκδοσης του πολιτιστικού ενθέτου «Ηδύφωνο» της εφημερίδας «Η Σημερινή».

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