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”

Thanos Gogos, Greece


Poems by Thanos Gogos from the book Dakar (2020)
Translated to English by Lena Kallergi

You held the little girl by the hand
And me by the other hand

And I held
the trees
the lake
the animals

All through that Winter

Κρατούσες το κοριτσάκι από το χέρι
Κι εμένα από το άλλο χέρι

Κι εγώ κρατούσα
τα δέντρα
τη λίμνη
τα ζώα

Όλον εκείνον τον Χειμώνα

We now have so much to say
We all hold a stone

And we drive among the crowd
Lost road, you play tricks

You are everything that stands now
You hold I speak I throw I laugh

And I keep on laughing
Though you leave for another place

Έχουμε τόσα πια να πούμε
Κρατάμε όλοι μία πέτρα

Και οδηγούμε μες στο πλήθος
Χαμένε δρόμε κάνεις κόλπα

Είσ' όλα όσα τώρα στέκουν
Κρατάς μιλώ πετώ γελάω

Και συνεχίζω να γελάω
Όσο κι αν φεύγεις σ' άλλο τόπο

The hardest breast of all
was made from a small flower

Whatever you break on it now
it will exude

Το πιο σκληρό απ'ολα στήθος
φτιάχτηκε από μικρό λουλούδι

Και ότι και αν σπάσεις τώρα πάνω
αυτό θα βγάζει

The Poet

Thanos Gogos was born in Larissa in 1985. He is the founder of publishing house Thraka, and the main editor of Thraka Magazine, one of the partners of the international literary residencies project Ulysses Shelter, the co-founder and director of the Thessalian Poetry Festival (Πανθεσσαλικό Φεστιβάλ Ποίησης), and director of the Larissa's house of literature Logotechniki Gonia.
He has published three poetry collections: Frontier Playground (Farfulas, 2013), Glasgow (Thraka, 2014), and Dakar (Melani, 2020). His poems have been published in various printed and online magazines, and have been translated into over fifteen languages. His book Glasgow was translated into Croatian and published by Sandorf in 2021, and a selection of his poems was published in Turkey (2022).
His poetry appeared in the New Voices of Greece anthology, published by the Hellenic Foundation of Culture, and presented in the 67th Frankfurt Book Fair. His poems were included in many anthologies and he presented his work in numerous festivals and book fairs in Greece and abroad. He is a board member at the Poets' Circle and a member of the Greek PEN Centre.

Katerina Liatzoura, Greece
Elias Melios, Greece


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