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”

Triantafyllos H. Kotopoulos, Greece


 Ο Σκακιστής πρύτανης
Στον Θεόδωρο Θεοδουλίδη

Δεν είναι ασθενικός ο Βασιλιάς ετούτος
Είναι διαφορετικές οι κινήσεις του
Η αλλαγή στο χρώμα θάρρος βορειοδυτικό
Μια Βασίλισσα
,ένα μικρό κορίτσι από τη Βαϊμάρη του Χόφμαν, αυτή περιμένει

Και πώς τα καταφέρνει τα πρώτα Πιόνια να κάνει δεύτερα κομμάτια
σε τρισδιάστατες μαυρόασπρες οθόνες
Καρτερούν να τα μυήσει σε όλα τα εγκλήματα της ζωής
με Τρελών υπεροψίες και Αλόγων χλιμιντρίσματα
Στρατηγικά υπηρετεί το μέγιστο τετράγωνο
των ελάχιστων μετα-κινήσεων σε Πύργους

Μάστερ, το κορμί καθηλώνεται και το βλέμμα πλαταίνει
αυτό το ποίημα δεν έχει όρους σκακιστικούς
,όρια ακαδημαϊκά
,χρόνους και θυσίες
Περιμένει να διαβάσεις το πρώτο του ανορθόδοξο άνοιγμα

The Chess-Player rector                                                                 

To Theodoros Theodoulidis

This Κing is not sickly
His movements are different
The change in color implies courage northwest
A Queen
,a little girl from Hoffmann's Weimar, she waits

How does he manage to transform the first Pawns into second pieces
on three-dimension black-and-white screens
They wait to be initiated by him into all crimes of life
with the arrogance of Fool Bishops and with the neighing of Knights
Strategically he facilitates the maximum Square
of minimum moves regarding Rooks

Master, the body freezes and the gaze widens

this poem has no chess terms
,neither limits of academic patterns
,nor times and Sacrifices
He's waiting for you to read his first unorthodox Opening

Ο Ιούλιος Αύγουστος

Τις ζεστές μέρες του Ιουλίου
Μου λείπουν οι φίλοι μου
,τα κορίτσια που γράφανε ποιήματα
Κάποιοι πεθάναν, άλλοι σφυρίζουνε φάλτσα
Μερικά φρονιμέψανε, άλλα ξεχάσανε
Οι φίλοι λιγοστεύουν
Τα κορίτσια απομακρύνονται
Τα πάντα καίγονται
Ο Αύγουστος είναι των «ποιητών»
,αδιάφορος για μένα, μικρόνοος, με λιγοστό καλοκαιρινό φως
Για τον Ιούλη δεν έγραψα ποτέ
,τόσο δικό μου τον ήθελα.

Ένα στριφτό μέχρι τα φυσικά αίτια

The July August

The hot days of July
I miss my friends
,the girls who wrote poems
Some friends died, others are full of false whistling
Some girls got mature enough, others were forgotten
Friends are few and far between
Girls walk away
Everything is burning
August belongs to "poets"
,bland, tiny, with little summer light
I never wrote about July
, I wanted him so mine

A twisted cigarette to the natural causes

The Poet

Triantafyllos H. Kotopoulos is a Professor of Creative Writing & Modern Greek Literature (University of Western Macedonia - Greece) and the Scientific Director of two Postgraduate Programmes in Creative Writing. He has published nine (9) scientific books. More than one hundred and fifty (150) of his articles have been published in collective volumes, Greek and foreign scientific journals and international conference proceedings. He has coordinated five (5) international "Creative Writing" conferences. He is the supervisor of the writing of the New Curricula of the subject of Literature for the high school (2020) and the relevant training of PE02 teachers. He is also an official partner of the International Network Memità: "Memory, Identity, Integration to Identify Analysis Models in Media Communication", composed by members of other 16 Universities around the World and the instigator and presenter of the television programmes on the art of writing ("Digamma" - ERT3 18 episodes and "Clear Wrtiting" - ERT2-12 episodes). He is the scientific director of the "World Poetry Festival of Patras" and of the website "Culture Book", as well as chairman of the committee for the "Jean Moréas" poetry prize.
His work includes six (6) poetry collections: Portolanos (Paratiritis 1999), Edwards and Alfreds (Mandragoras 2012), Semi Colons and the like (Mandragoras 2013), Buoys (Digamma 2015), The Forty, Olden, Churches (Mandragoras 20202), 4x4 (Pikramenos 2021) His work includes six (6) poetry collections: Portolanos (Paratiritis 1999), Edwards and Alfreds (Mandragoras 2012), Semi Colons and the like (Mandragoras 2013), Buoys (Digamma 2015), The Forty, Olden, Churches (Mandragoras 20202), 4x4 (Pikramenos 2021) and a collection of short stories: A novel through 11 Short and major stories (Grafomichani 2015). He wrote the lyrics, and his poems have been versivied in Clear Writing and The unseen CD (Metronomos 2016 and 2020).

Christina Lambousi, Greece
Tassoula Tsilimeni, Greece


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