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 (culturebook.gr) 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.

Sincerely,

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

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Thanos Gogos, GREECE

Above the equator

The Poems


Above the equator

The sea has receded

In this desert land
the girl
the injured girl
with her knees
a song

She keeps revolutions in her pockets
She has the lot of the Russia of Love and other countries

My daughter
Lake, with your name clearer than words
You who I have never hit
The soil devotes itself to you

(translate: Lena Kallergi)


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Πιο πάνω από τον ισημερινό

Η θάλασσα έχει υποχωρήσει

Σε αυτή την έρημη γη
το κορίτσι
το χτυπημένο κορίτσι
με τα γόνατά του
τραγούδι

Έχει στις τσέπες επαναστάσεις
Έχει τον κλήρο της Ρωσίας, της Αγάπης και άλλων χωρών

Κόρη μου
Λίμνη με το όνομα σου πιο καθαρό από λέξεις
Εσένα που ποτέ δε χτύπησα
Η γη σου αφιερώνεται


The Poet

Thanos Gogos was born in Larissa in 1985. He is the founder of publishing house and literarymagazine Thraka,and the co-founderand director of the Thessalian Poetry Festival. He has published two poetry collections: Frontier Playground (Farfulas, 2013), Glasgow (Thraka,2014), and Dakar (Melani, 2020). His poems have been published in various electronic and physical literary magazines and have been translated in 8 languages. In 2015,he participated in 2nd Young Writers Festival at the International bookfair of Thessaloniki, organized by Hellenic Foundation of Culture. His works appeared in the New Voices of Greece , anthology, which was published by Hellenic Foundation of Culture and presented in the 67thFrankfurt Book Fair. He is a member of Versopolis network and Poets' Circle

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Ο Θάνος Γώγος γεννήθηκε στη Λάρισα το 1985. Είναι ποιητής, εκδότης του περιοδικού και των εκδόσεων Θράκα και συνιδρυτής και διευθυντής του Πανθεσσαλικού Φεστιβάλ Ποίησης. Έχει εκδώσει 3 ποιητικές συλλογές "Μεταιχμιακή Χαρά" (2013) Γλασκώβη (2014,2019) και Ντακάρ (2020).
Ποιήματά του έχουν δημοσιευτεί σε πολλά λογοτεχνικά περιοδικά και έχουν μεταφραστεί σε 8 γλώσσες. Το 2015 συμμετείχε στο 2ο Φεστιβάλ Νέων Λογοτεχνών στη Διεθνή Έκθεση Βιβλίου Θεσσαλονίκης και στην ανθολογία "New Voices of Greece" που παρουσιάστηκε από το Ελληνικό Ίδρυμα Πολιτισμού στην 67η Διεθνή Έκθεση Βιβλίου της Φρανκφούρτης. Είναι μέλος του Ευρωπαϊκού δικτύου Versopolis και του Κύκλου ποιητών.

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