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”

Spyros Goulas, Greece

Spyros Goulas, Greece

Spyros Goulas, Greece



The Poems


At night the train passes by
and some stations are -you know- empty
no one is getting on
and you drag them stitched on the temples
like beads
and if the beads crack
like frosted glass
without meaning
the hat is still funny
no matter how you wear it
and if you whistle
to pause
to burn
to unpick the stations
to brake somewhere with a bit of light
you don't stop
and how could you
when you are validated for the terminal?



Τη νύχτα το τρένο περνά
και κάποιοι σταθμοί είναι –ξέρεις– άδειοι
δεν ανεβαίνει κανείς
κι εσύ τους σέρνεις ραμμένους στους κροτάφους
σαν χάντρες
και αν ραγίσουν οι χάντρες
σαν γυαλί θαμπό
χωρίς νόημα
το καπέλο παραμένει αστείο
όπως και να το φοράς
και αν σφυράς
για στάση
ξήλωμα σταθμών
κάπου με λίγο φως να σε φρενάρεις
δεν σταματάς
και πώς να σταματήσεις
όταν είσαι τρυπημένος για τέρμα;

* * * 


Βουίζω ανάσκελα πλάι στα σκαθάρια
η γάτα ξεκοιλιάζει τα αλεξανδρινά
σφήκες βαφτίζουν το κεντρί στ' απόνερα της βρύσης.
Σπαρμένη η αυλή αντίκτυπο και προδοσία
και ο έρμος ο τοίχος
που τρία καλοκαίρια στη σειρά ψευδίζει τον σοβά του
πήρε να γέρνει τόσο
που σκιάζει τα φυτά.
Μονάχα ο κάκτος συνθηκολογεί
και ανθίζει επιτέλους
μα πώς να τον εμπιστευτώ που έναν χρόνο με τσιμπάει;
Φόρα τα αγκάθια σου σφιχτά
τα κοίλα κρύψε
γιατί γυρνώ απ' την καλή
και άι σιχτίρ
με τις εκεχειρίες.



On my back, buzzing next to the beetles
the cat disembowels the poinsettias
wasps baptize their needles in the faucet's puddle
this yard is sown with impact and treachery
and the good ol' wall
that for three straight summers was lisping to its plaster
is now leaning so much
that shadows the flowers.
Only the cactus makes a treaty
and finally blooms
but how could I trust it, when it's been stinging me for a year?

Wear your needles tight
hide your hollows
for I am standing up
and piss off
with truces

The Poet

Spyros Goulas was born in Athens in 1991. He studied Computer Engineering & Informatics at University of Patras and is currently working as a software developer. His work has been published at The Book's Journal, Diastixo, culturebook and frapress magazines. He has participated in two poetry anthologies published by the University of Patras' literature team and in one published by Grafeion Poihseos / Culture Book. His first collection of poems has been published by POLIS publication.


Ο Σπύρος Γούλας γεννήθηκε το 1991 στην Αθήνα. Σπούδασε στο Τμήμα Μηχανικών Ηλεκτρονικών Υπολογιστών & Πληροφορικής στο Πανεπιστήμιο Πατρών
και εργάζεται ως προγραμματιστής. Κείμενά του έχουν δημοσιευθεί στα περιοδικά The Books' Journal, Διάστιχο, culturebook και frapress. Έχει συμμετάσχει σε δύο ποιητικές ανθολογίες της λογοτεχνικής ομάδας του Πανεπιστημίου Πατρών και σε μία του Γραφείου ποιήσεως / Culture Book. Από τις εκδόσεις ΠΟΛΙΣ κυκλοφορεί η πρώτη του ποιητική συλλογή με τίτλο "Τα περσινά τους βάζουν για καλά".

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