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”

Vladimir Martinovski, Republic of North Macedonia


Vladimir Martinovski, Republic of North Macedonia

The Poems


Inspired by a black 
and white photograph
from the Museum of
Photography in Paris

The Father
is missing

He probably never
liked to have his picture taken
(or maybe he's hiding
behind the camera)

The Mother
is also missing

She probably got tired
of posing without her husband
(or maybe she's in the kitchen
or in front of a mirror)

The children
are also missing

The son could be in the army
or lives with his in-laws,
the daughter could be
living somewhere overseas

The grandfather
is also missing

(He has, probably, long ago
departed from this world)

that's why the grandmother
holds the old
family portrait
just like mothers
hold their baby
or kids hold
their doll

(Translation from Macedonian
by Milan Damjanoski)



Според една црно-бела
од Музејот на
во Париз

Таткото го нема

Веројатно не сака
никогаш да го сликаат
(а можеби е засолнет
зад фотоапаратот)

Ни мајката ја нема

Веројатно ѝ здодеало
да се слика без сопругот
(а можеби е во кујната
или пред огледалото)

Ни децата ги нема

Веројатно синот е
во војска или е домазет
а можеби ќерката е
замината јабана

Ни дедото го нема

(Веројатно веќе одамна
заминал од овој свет)

Можеби затоа бабата
го држи стариот семеен портрет
како што мајките држат бебе
или децата кукла

* * * 


like pumpkins
about to burst
the two suitcases
stand in the middle
of the lobby

No room
for so many
pieces of clothes
books and

(We put them back
in the closets
on the shelves)

All of them
in an instance
are infused
with a silent
emotion: perhaps

that very sorrow felt
by all those for whom
there was no room
in Noah's big suitcase

(Translation from Macedonian
by Milan Damjanoski)



Подуени како тикви
пред пукањедвата куфера
чекаат среде ходникот

За многу алишта
книги и дреболии
немаше место

(Ги враќаме
во плакарите
по витрините)

Во сите нив како за миг
да се всели некое немо
неискажливо чувство:

можеби тагата на сите оние
за кои немало место
во големиот куфер на Ное

The Poet

Vladimir Martinovski (b. 1974) is a poet, short story writer, essayist, literary critic, translator, musician. He teaches General and Comparative Literature at Sts Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje. He completed his PhD at University Paris III – Sorbonne Nouvelle at 2007. He is member of the Executive Board of the International Association for Semiotic Studies. He is a member of the International Comparative Literature Association and Executive Board member of the European Network for Comparative Literary Studies. He is member of the board of the Struga Poetry Evenings Festival and member of the European network for poetry Versopolis. He has won a number of literary awards: Brother's Miladinovci Award; Dimitar Mitrev Award for literary criticism, The Orpheus Lyre, Ante's Golden coin. His poetry has been translated into more than 20 languages.

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