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”

Nikos Katsalidas, Greece

Nikos Katsalidas, Greece

Nikos Katsalidas, Greece

The Poems

Τhe Double

A tree i am, a shady tree, a hard trunk, a pregnant womb within me is 
always swollen in summers and winters. Some are the twigs that struggle
in the wind and endure, some are the twigs that crack in the nights and
jolt my trunk, some are my sleeping buds. I creak all over caught by my
roots on the rocks in the tornadoes and beat the weeping. I tremble at the
squeaks of the sleeping eyes scratching and tickling, my sap circulates,
the skin softens, they slip away like the helpless birds where they emerge
from their shell and take to flight.

Athens, May 2020



Ένα δεντρί είμαι, ένα δέντρο σκιερό, σκληρός κορμός, μία εγκυμονούσα
μήτρα εντός μου είναι πάντα φουσκωμένη καλοκαίρια και χειμώνες.
Άλλα είναι τα κλωνάρια που παλεύουν στον αέρα και αντέχουν, άλλα 
που τσακίζονται τις νύχτες και τραντάζεται ο κορμός μου, άλλοι είναι οι 
κοιμώμενοι οφθαλμοί μου. Τρίζω σύγκορμα πιασμένος απ' τις ρίζες μου
στα βράχια στους ανεμοστρόβιλους και δέρνονται οι κλάρες. Τρέμω στα
τριξίματα των κοιμωμένων οφθαλμών που ξύνονται και γαργαλίζομαι, 
κυκλοφορεί ο χυμός μου, μαλακώνει η φλούδα, ξεμυτίζουνε σαν τα αβρά
πουλάκια όπου βγαίνουνε από το τσόφλι τους και παίρνουν να πετάξουν.

Αθήνα, Μάης 2020

* * * 

The Scarf

To YannisKontos

I am a city boy, he says, away from blackbirds and trees. Friend John,
I say, leave the blackbirds and the trees to me, let's at least do something
good for our mulberry trees. You don't see them pruned and stumped,
bodies decapitated, they will soon wake up, the sleeping buds will bloom,
take off your curled up scarf of tree shrub winter summer scarf around
your neck, untwist it to wrap them. But, he says, these are not mulberry
trees on the sidewalks, they are decapitated statues, and they have no 
neck to wrap a tree plant over my scarf. They'll be snatched up by the 
north winds and carried around in the city sky in a shirttail. And then I
can't get my neck out. Winter has trawled yet, I'm not a mulberry stump
and not a decapitated statue, I have both a head and a neck and for where
I've moved, it's limited the cold, it stings. And I'm not learned. Better
with a scarf in winter summer, than with a naked neck of a bare-necked
ferruginous turtle.

Athens, January 2014



Στον Γιάννη Κοντό

Παιδί της πόλης, είμαι, λέει, μακριά από κοτσύφια κι από δέντρα. Φίλε
Γιάννη, λέω, άσε τα σε μένα τα κοτσύφια και τα δέντρα, κάμε ένα καλό
κι εσύ τουλάχιστον για τις μουριές μας. Δεν τις βλέπεις κλαδεμένες και
κουτσουρεμένες, κορμιά αποκεφαλισμένα, θα ξυπνήσουν σύντομα, οι
κοιμώμενοι οφθαλμοί θ' ανθοφορήσουν, βγάλε το κουλουριασμένο σου
κασκόλ φιδοπουκάμισο δεντρογαλιάς χειμώνα καλοκαίρι στο λαιμό σου,
ξεκουλούριασε το για να τις τυλίξεις. Μα, δεν είναι, λέει, αυτές μουριές 
στα πεζοδρόμια, είναι αποκεφαλισμένοι ανδριάντες και δεν έχουνε λαιμό 
να κουλουριαστεί δεντρογαλιά απάνω το κασκόλ μου. Θα τ' αρπάξουν
βοριάδες να το γυροφέρνουνε φιδοπουκάμισο στον ουρανό της πόλης. Κι 
ύστερα δε γίνεται να ξεκουλουριάσω το λαιμό. Ο χειμώνας έχει τράτο
ακόμα, δεν είμαι μουριά κουτσουρεμένη κι ούτε ένας αποκεφαλισμένος 
ανδριάντας, έχω και κεφάλι και λαιμό και για εκεί που κίνησα, περιόρισε 
το κρύο, τσούζει. Και δεν είμαι μαθημένος. Κάλιο με κασκόλ χειμώνα
καλοκαίρι, παρά με λαιμό γυμνό φερέοικη χελώνα.

Αθήνα, Γενάρης 2014

(Το ξύπνημα των κοιμωμένων οφθαλμών, εκδόσεις Νίκας, 2020)

The Poet

Nikos Katsalidas was born in Ano Lesinitsa of Theologos, Agioi Saranda. He lives in Athens. He read Literature in Tirana and is a poet, prose writer, essayist and translator. He is a member and honorary member of literary unions and organizations. He has worked as a professor of Literature and as a literary editor for the National Greek Minority Press after the Dictatorship. A fair sample of his poems is included in various world anthologies. He has translated thirty Greek poets and writers in Albanian and is one of the founders of the Organization of the National Greek Minority "Omonoia". He has served Minister for Human Rights in Albania during 2001-2002, and as Cultural Counselor of the Albanian Embassy in Athens during 2004-2008. He was awarded the highest distinction of Letters "Great Artist" by the President of Albania in 2012.He is a member of Greek Authors' Society.


Ο Νίκος Κατσαλίδας γεννήθηκε στην Άνω Λεσινίτσα, Αγίων Σαράντα. Ποιητής, πεζογράφος, μεταφραστής, με ανώτατες φιλολογικές σπουδές. Ποιήματά του συμπεριλαμβάνονται σε παγκόσμιες Ανθολογίες. Μετέφρασε 50 Έλληνες ποιητές και πεζογράφους. Χρημάτισε Υπουργός Ανθρωπίνων Δικαιωμάτων στην Αλβανία. Διετέλεσε Μορφωτικός Σύμβουλος στην Αλβανική Πρεσβεία, Αθήνα. Απέσπασε το Βαλκανικό βραβείο «Αίμος». Του απονεμήθηκε «Ασημένια πένα» για μετάφραση του Ελύτη. Συμπεριλαμβάνεται στο Λεξικό της Αλβανικής Ακαδημίας. Παρασημοφορήθηκε από τον Πρόεδρο της Αλβανίας με το ανώτατο μετάλλιο τάξης γραμμάτων «Μεγάλος καλλιτέχνης». Είναι τακτικό μέλος της Εταιρείας Συγγραφέων.

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