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”

Sotirios Pastakas, Greece


Sotirios Pastakas, Greece

The Poems


A passenger sitting on the rear seat
of the bus with the proper wrinkle of thought
behind the glass looking at me. I'm looking at him
slantwise from Alexandroupolis to Sparta
and from Heraklion to Lixouri, I'm looking at him
he is still looking at me with that lateral gaze
performed by those who have a past not in order
and a future accomplished; he isa fossilized

hero of a slantwise declined remembrance

(Translation bυ Joseph S. Josephides)



Ένας επιβάτης στο τελευταίο κάθισμα
του λεωφορείου με τη σωστή ρυτίδα της σκέψης
πίσω από το τζάμι να με κοιτάζει να τον κοιτάζω
λοξά από Αλεξανδρούπολη στη Σπάρτη
και από Ηράκλειο Ληξούρι, τον κοιτάζω
να με κοιτάζει με το λοξό βλέμμα
όσων έχουν ατακτοποίητο παρελθόν
και τετελεσμένο μέλλοντα, απολιθωμένος

ήρωας μια λοξοδρομημένης ανάμνησης

* * * 


Before the visit comes to an end
Let the scholastic chronographer record
The cloud of tobacco smoke that wrapped the room
Its extent and its various tints:
How was it above the lampshade,
How did itshow up in front of the mirror,
How did it expand with slight shifts
And it became a compact mass displacing
The previous debate, and so nowtriumphantly
Everyone has to deal with that cloud,
A subject that closes nicely a gathering,
Eliminating dissents and disputes,
At the very time when all stand upright
And shake hands,

And the host is eager to open up the window.



Πριν πάρει τέλος η επίσκεψη
Ας καταγράψει ο σχολαστικός χρονογράφος
Το σύγνεφο του καπνού που τύλιξε το δωμάτιο
Την έκταση και τις αποχρώσεις του:
Πώς ήταν πάνω από το αμπαζούρ,
Πώς πρόβαλε μπροστά στον καθρέφτη,
Πώς επεκτάθηκε με ανάλαφρες μετατοπίσεις
Κι έγινε μάζα συμπαγής εκτοπίζοντας
Την προηγούμενη συζήτηση, ώστε θριαμβευτικά
Όλοι πλέον να ασχοληθούν μαζί του,
Θέμα που κλίνει συμπαθητικά μια συνάθροιση,
Απαλύνοντας διχογνωμίες και έριδες,
Όταν όλοι πλέον στέκονται όρθιοι
Και ανταλλάσσουν χειραψίες,

Και ο οικοδεσπότης ανυπομονεί να ανοίξει το παράθυρο.

The Poet

Sotirios Pastakas (Larissa, 1954), poet. He studied Medicine in Rome and Psychiatry in Athens. He has published 17 poetry collections. It has been translated into 17 languages and has taken part in international poetry festivals (San Francisco, Sarajevo, Izmir, Rome, Naples, Siena, Cairo, Istanbul, Medellin). Three poetry collections (Corpo a corpo, Jorge, Monte Egaleo) are published in Italy, where he won the NordSud Prize in 2016, one in the USA (Food Line), and one in Spain (Cuerpo a cuerpo). In 2019 he donated his library to the Municipal Library of Rapsani. He is a member since 1994 of the Greek Writers' Society and National Coordinator of the World Poetry Movement (WPM) for Greece.


Σωτήρης Παστάκας (Λάρισα, 1954), ποιητής. Σπούδασε Ιατρική στη Ρώμη και Ψυχιατρική στην Αθήνα. Έχει εκδώσει 17 ποιητικές συλλογές. Έχει μεταφραστεί σε 17 γλώσσες και έχει λάβει μέρος σε διεθνή φεστιβάλ ποίησης (Σαν Φρανσίσκο, Σαράγιεβο, Σμύρνη, Ρώμη, Νάπολη, Σιένα, Κάιρο, Κωνσταντινούπολη, Μεδεγίν). Τρεις ποιητικές συλλογές (Corpo a corpo, Jorge, Monte Egaleo) κυκλοφορούν στην Ιταλία, όπου απέσπασε το Βραβείο NordSud το 2016, μία στις ΗΠΑ (Food Line), και μία στην Ισπανία (Cuerpo a cuerpo). Το 2019 δώρισε τη βιβλιοθήκη του στη Δημοτική Βιβλιοθήκη Ραψάνης. Είναι μέλος της Εταιρείας Συγγραφέων από το 1994, κι εθνικός συντονιστής στο Παγκόσμιο Ποιητικό Κίνημα (WPM) για την Ελλάδα.

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