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”

Stella – Louiza Katsampi, Greece

Stella – Louiza Katsampi, Greece

Stella – Louiza Katsampi, Greece



The Poems


in the floor's corridor
a scent of sweetly blackberry pastaflora,
a scent of a child's toys,
a handful of school textbooks
a motherly smell was lingering.
(And do we all know the scent of a mother)

Smuggled up in the dusty midst of a carpet.
I weep, thereby.
The burden of such tenderness
how could my adult self withstand?

(Μετάφραση: Παναγιώτα Μελά, Ελένη Σικαβίτσα - Θεοδωσιάδου)



Στου ορόφου τον διάδρομο
μύριζε φρεσκοψημένη πάστα φλώρα,
με μαρμελάδα βατόμουρο.
Μύριζε παιδικά παιχνίδια,
σχολικά εγχειρίδια,
μύριζε μάνα.
(Κι όλοι ξέρουμε πώς μυρίζει η μάνα.)

Κουλούριασα στο χαλί τα πόδια μου
κι έκλαψα.
Την τόση τρυφερότητα
πώς να αντέξει
ο ενήλικος εαυτός μου;

* * * 


I wanted to live my life to the fullest,
and so, I became myself
that unripe fig
cut in a hurry
so as not to rot by any chance.

If only life were reversed,
growing old by getting younger
as wise as it should be, though,
to eventually achieve,
the ignorance of death.

(Μετάφραση: Παναγιώτα Μελά, Ελένη Σικαβίτσα - Θεοδωσιάδου)


Δεν είμαι είκοσι τριών

Θέλησα να τα ζήσω όλα,
έτσι έγινα κι εγώ
κείνο το άγουρο σύκο
που βιάστηκαν να κόψουνε
μη λάχει και σαπίσει.

Να 'ταν η ζωή ανάποδα,
να γερνούσαμε μικραίνοντας,
να 'χαμε τη γνώση πρώτα
στο τέλος
την άγνοια του θανάτου.

The Poet

Stella – Louiza Katsampi has cypriot-greek origin. She was born in 1995 and raised in Thessaloniki. Her bachelor studies are Preschool Teaching in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and her Master degree is in Business Administration sector, taking place in the University of Macedonia. At the moment, she is working in a kindergarten and her main hobby is electronic music production. Katsampi has published her first poetry collection (Romi publications, 2018) "Sarkini Theoi (Gods out of flesh) which is concluded in a common poetry book named "Anthropina daimonia (Human demons) along with Stavros Girgenis' one. Her second poetry collection named "500mg okytokinis (500mg of oxytocin) is published from Apopeira publications in 2020. Finally, she is one of the editors of "NOHMA" literature-philosophical magazine.


Στέλλα-Λουΐζα Κατσαμπή γεννήθηκε το 1995 στη Θεσσαλονίκη, όπου και ζει, από πατέρα Κύπριο και μητέρα Ελληνίδα. Σπούδασε στο Τμήμα Προσχολικής Αγωγής και Εκπαίδευσης του Αριστοτελείου Πανεπιστημίου Θεσσαλονίκης και ολοκλήρωσε τις μεταπτυχιακές σπουδές της στο Τμήμα Οργάνωσης και Διοίκησης Επιχειρήσεων του Πανεπιστημίου Μακεδονίας. Δραστηριοποιείται επαγγελματικά στον χώρο της προσχολικής αγωγής και ασχολείται με την παραγωγή ηλεκτρονικής μουσικής. Η πρώτη της ποιητική συλλογή Σάρκινοι θεοί (εκδ. Ρώμη, 2018) δημοσιεύτηκε στον τόμο με τον τίτλο Ανθρώπινα δαιμόνια, μαζί με τη συλλογή του Σταύρου Γκιργκένη..H δεύτερη ποιητική συλλογή της είναι τα 500 mg ωκυτοκίνης (εκδ. Απόπειρα, 2020). Τέλος, συμμετέχει στη συντακτική ομάδα του δοκιμιακού-λογοτεχνικού περιοδικού Νόημα, του οποίου είναι και ιδρυτικό μέλος.

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