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”

Sapfo Soutsou, Greece

Sapfo Soutsou, Greece

Sapfo Soutsou, Greece


The Poems


The jellyfish
Was reflected in the glass's white bed
Dancing beautifully within its liquid environment

During the conference commotion
no one listened to anyone
The waves washed up blasting
parched subconsciouses
which are commanding solely storks

And you were late
not by hours
by seashells

(Μετάφραση: Dimitris Mavros)



Η μέδουσα
Καθρεφτίστηκε στον λευκό πάτο του ποτηριού
Χόρευε όμορφα στο υγρό της περιβάλλον

Στην οχλοβοή του συνεδρίου
κανείς δεν άκουσε κανέναν
Τα κύματα ξεβράστηκαν ωστικά
σε ξερά υποσυνείδητα
που μόνο πελαργούς προστάζουν

Κι εσύ καθυστέρησες
όχι ώρες

("Μάρτης αγνώστου μήνα", εκδόσεις Εκάτη, 2021)

* * * 


Romeo lay down dead upon the floor
His blood was squirted from this unheard-of pleasure

Medea ate the right hand of the pupil
of her eyes. The left one she dubbed crab

And Gkionis climbed the suspended heights
of his prison. He felt so freely white

At the season's end, those very stars fell
flowers inside the planters of the yard

How beautifully glistening the domestic soil

(Μετάφραση: Dimitris Mavros)



Ο Ρωμαίος ξάπλωσε νεκρός στο πάτωμα
Έχυσε αίμα απ' την πρωτόγνωρη αυτή ηδονή

Η Μήδεια έφαγε το δεξί χέρι της κόρης
των οφθαλμών της. Το αριστερό το έχρισε καβούρι

Κι ο Γκιώνης σκαρφάλωσε ψηλά στα μετέωρα
της φυλακής του. Ένιωθε τόσο ελεύθερα λευκός

Στο τέλος της εποχής, τα αστέρια αυτά έπεσαν
λουλούδια στις γλάστρες της αυλής

Τι όμορφα που άστραψε το κατοικίδιο χώμα

("Μάρτης αγνώστου μήνα", εκδόσεις Εκάτη, 2021)

The Poet

Η Σαπφώ  Σούτσου γεννήθηκε το 1993 στην Αθήνα. Σπούδασε Γαλλική Φιλολογία στην Αθήνα και το Παρίσι και Γνωσιακή Επιστήμη στο Δουβλίνο. Ποιήματά της απέσπασαν το πρώτο βραβείο στον 2ο Πανελλήνιο Διαγωνισμό Ποίησης "Γιώργος Ν. Κάρτερ" του Ιδρύματος Αικατερίνης Λασκαρίδη (2017). Η πρώτη ποιητική της συλλογή με τίτλο "Μάρτης αγνώστου μήνα" κυκλοφόρησε από τις εκδόσεις Εκάτη, τον Απρίλιο του ΄21. 

Penelope Zardoukα, Greece
Βραβεία Jean Moréas 2021 - Βραχείες λίστες


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