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”

Victoria Gerontasiou, Greece

Victoria Gerontasiou, Greece

Victoria Gerontasiou, Greece

Storm 9

Storm 20

The Poems

Storm 9

Small body
Wanderer
In a world
Where you only sing
Fossilized language
In the short night, violence
And at the dawn of the winter
Broken border
You are being reborn
A life course
Grasps the time
In its hand, the tail
It tames him
Frozen

(From the book Little Storms, Thraca editions 2018)


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ΚΑΤΑΙΓΙΔΑ 9

Μικρό κορμί
Περπατητής
Σ' έναν κόσμο
Όπου μόνο τραγουδάς
Γλώσσα απολιθωμένη
Στη σύντομη νύχτα, βία
Και στην αυγή του χειμώνα
Σπασμένο σύνορο
Ξαναγεννιέσαι
Πορεία ζωής
Αρπάζει τον χρόνο
Στο χέρι, η ουρά
Τον εξημερώνει
Παγωμένος

(Από την Ποιητική συλλογή Μικρές Καταιγίδες, Θράκα 2018)


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Storm 20

The flame
An eye spilled on the floor
Νon-stop wheel
A year in a green desert
The dance of the soul in the street,
The enemies seem to be leaving
The future does not bother anymore
Moment of balance
Empty of any suspicion
Unbound light
My house aloft

(From the book Little Storms, Thraca editions 2018)


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ΚΑΤΑΙΓΙΔΑ 20

Η φλόγα
Ένα μάτι χυμένο στο πάτωμα
Ρόδα ασταμάτητη
Χρονιά σε πράσινη έρημο
Ο χορός της ψυχής στο δρόμο,
Οι εχθροί μοιάζουν να φεύγουν
Το μέλλον δεν ενοχλεί πια
Στιγμή ισορροπίας
Άδεια από κάθε υποψία
Ελεύθερο φως
Το σπίτι μου ψηλά

(Από την Ποιητική συλλογή Μικρές Καταιγίδες, Θράκα 2018)


The Poet


Victoria Gerontasiou was born in Athens, followed her undergraduate studies in the Department of Communication and Mass Media at the University of Athens and has a master's degree in "Literature and Arts" at the University of Poitiers in France. Her poems have been published in the French poetry magazines "Poésie Première", "Comme en Poésie" and "Les Carnets d'Eucharis", while she has collaborated as a journalist with the scientific magazine "L'actualité Nouvelle-Aquitaine". In Greece, she has collaborated with the magazines Thraca, Apoplous and Ta Poiitika. She was nominated for two awards of emerging poet, the first one from the literature magazine O Anagnostis and the second one from the Greek Writers' Society, for her book Little Storms, Thraca editions 2018.

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Η Βικτωρία Γεροντάσιου γεννήθηκε στην Αθήνα, έκανε προπτυχιακές σπουδές στο τμήμα Επικοινωνίας και Μέσων Μαζικής Ενημέρωσης του Πανεπιστημίου Αθηνών και μεταπτυχιακό με τίτλο «Λογοτεχνία και τέχνη » στο Πανεπιστήμιο του Poitiers της Γαλλίας. Ποιήματά της έχουν δημοσιευτεί στα γαλλικά περιοδικά ποίησης«Poésie Première», «Comme en Poésie» και «Les Carnets d'Eucharis», ενώ έχει συνεργαστεί ως δημοσιογράφος με το επιστημονικό περιοδικό« L'actualité Nouvelle-Aquitaine ». Στην Ελλάδα, έχει συνεργαστεί με τα περιοδικά Θράκα, Απόπλους και Τα Ποιητικά. Ήταν προτεινόμενη για το βραβείο πρωτοεμφανιζόμενου ποιητή του περιοδικού Αναγνώστης και της Εταιρείας Συγγραφέων για το βιβλίο Μικρές Καταιγίδες, εκδόσεις Θράκα 2018.

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