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”

Yiannis Patilis, Greece

Yiannis Patilis, Greece

Yiannis Patilis, Greece

Agamemnon's Epifany

The Poems

Agamemnon's Epifany

It's better this way, without power
So many channels, from Palestine
All the way to Ilium and beyond
To Yerivan, Armenia, all those wretched souls
Searching around in ruins, in the cold
Now, ruins I know well
The violence of Thyestis
The terrifying cries of the little boys
The refugee life in Sparta
And that was only the beginning
The other things, the fortunes
Brought me from the unholy hunt
(There's a future for ecology in yesterday)
Which levelled so many homes besides
Not only mine
And all the other fortunes, the wretched Trojans
On the plain
And those severed heads all in a row
On the front pages of hexameters
The poets have said it so much better
See Loeb, 1978
A bilingual edition
Down to this point when my punished
Soul descends at last
(Yet, from something strange forgiven and forgotten)
Into the empty Hades, this apartment
On a cross-street off Patission
Better this way caressing nipples
Small buttons
And switching channels.

(Translated from the Greek by Stathis Gourgouris)


Ἀγαμέμνονος ἐπιφάνια

Καλύτερα εἶναι ἔτσι δίχως ἐξουσία
Τόσα κανάλια ἀπὸ τὴν Παλαιστίνη
Ὣς τὸ Ἴλιον ἀπάνω καὶ πιὸ πάνω
Τὸ Ἐριβὰν τῆς Ἀρμενίας καὶ τόσους δυστυχεῖς
Μὲς στὰ ἐρείπια νὰ ψάχνουν καὶ τὸ κρύο
Ἀπὸ ἐρείπια τὰ γνώρισα καλὰ
Τὴν βία τοῦ Θυέστη
Τῶν ἀγοριῶν τὸ τρομαγμένο κλάμα
Τὴν προσφυγιὰ στὴ Σπάρτη
Κι αὐτὰ ἦταν μόνο ἡ ἀρχὴ
Τ' ἄλλα τὰ τυχερὰ
Ὅσα μοῦ φέραν τ' ἀνόσια κυνήγια
(Ἔχει μέλλον στὸ χθὲς ἡ οἰκολογία)
Ποὺ ξεπατῶσαν τόσα σπιτικὰ
Κι ὄχι μονάχα τὸ δικό μου
Καὶ τ' ἄλλα τῶν δύστυχων τῶν Τρώων
Μὲς στὸν κάμπο
Καὶ τὰ κομμένα τὰ κεφάλια στὴ σειρὰ
Στὰ πρωτοσέλιδα τῶν ἑξαμέτρων
Τά 'παν καλύτερα οἱ ποιητὲς
Βλέπε καὶ Loeb τοῦ ἑβδομήντα ὀχτὼ
Δίγλωσση ἔκδοση
Ἕως ἐδῶ ποὺ κατεβαίνει πιὰ τιμωρημένη
Ἡ ψυχή μου
(Κι ὅμως σὰν ἀπὸ κάτι παράξενο συγχωρεμένη ξεχασμένη)
Σ' αὐτὸν τὸν Ἅδη τοῦ διαμερίσματος τὸν ἄδειο
Πάροδος Πατησίων
Καλύτερα ἔτσι χαϊδεύοντας θηλὲς
Μικρὰ κουμπάκια
Κι ἀλλάζοντας κανάλια.

* * * 

End Titles

Title: Hellas
Producer: History
Screenplay: Zambelios Korais
Paparrigopoulos Kordatos
Directors (quite a few):
Trikoupis Kapodistrias
El. Venizelos Papandreou & sons
Starring: Karaiskakis Solomos
Thanasis Diakos
Zachariadis Aris Karyotakis
Melina Bouboulina
tail coats from Munich-Paris
Lighting: Black and whites from the West
Makriyannis's bastard
And outside the modern rain cold
a lot of European traffic
and everything is like a dream
in a dream's projection
where we have just reached
the end titles
and have all stood up
coats in hand
as the room slowly
lights up
delaying the exit
a bit more
sceptical for a last time
before we go
to remember
the film's

(Τranslated from the Greek by: Vassilis Manoussakis)


Τίτλοι τέλους

Τίτλος: Ἑλλάς
Παραγωγή: Ἱστορία
Σενάριο: Ζαμπέλιος Κοραῆς
Παπαρρηγόπουλος Κορδάτος
Σκηνοθεσία (πολλοί):
Τρικούπης Καποδίστριας
Ἒλ Βενιζέλος Παπανδρέου & υἱοὶ
Παίζουν: Καραϊσκάκης Σολωμὸς
Θανάσης Διάκος
Ζαχαριάδης Ἄρης Καρυωτάκης
Μελίνα Μπουμπουλίνα
ψαλιδόκωλα ἀπὸ Μόναχο-Παρίσι
Φωτισμοί: Ἀσπρόμαυροι ἀπὸ Δύση
τὸ μπάσταρδο τοῦ Μακρυγιάννη
Κι ἔξω βροχὴ μοντέρνα κρύο
καὶ κίνηση εὐρωπαϊκὴ πολλὴ
κι ὅλα σὰν ὄνειρο
σ' ὀνείρου προβολὴ
ποὺ μόλις ἄρχισαν
νὰ πέφτουνε οἱ τίτλοι τέλους
κι ἔχουμε ὅλοι σηκωθεῖ
μὲ τὰ παλτὰ στὰ χέρια
καθὼς ἀνάβουνε σιγὰ-σιγὰ
στὴν αἴθουσα τὰ φῶτα
τὴν ἔξοδο καθυστερώντας
λίγο ἀκόμη σκεπτικοὶ
γιὰ τελευταία φορὰ
πρὶν φύγουμε
νὰ θυμηθοῦμε
τοῦ ἔργου
τοὺς συντελεστές

The Poet

Yiannis Patilis (Athens, 1947). Poet, critic, editor and publisher of Planodion (1986-2012), a journal of literature and the politics of culture, and of a Greek online review for the short short story named Bonsai Stories. He published nine volumes of poetry, two volumes of collected poems. Also six volumes with essays and a hybrid essay-narrative. Many poems translated into various languages, notably English: Camel of Darkness. Selected Poems (translated by Stathis Gourgouris, Quarterly Review of Literature, Princeton 1997) and Spanish: Lo Roto Es Más Persistente (translated by Antonio José Moreno Jurado, Renacimiento, 2018). See more in WiKi: Yiannis Patilis & Planodion.


Γιάννης Πατίλης (Αθήνα, 1947). Σπούδασε Νομικά και Νεοελληνική Φιλολογία στο Πανεπιστήμιο Αθηνών. Εργάστηκε ως φιλόλογος στη Μέση Εκπαίδευση. Δημοσίευσε εννέα συλλογές ποιημάτων και δύο συγκεντρωτικές. Επίσης έξι τόμους με δοκιμιακή του εργασία καθώς και ένα υβριδικό δοκιμιακό-αφήγημα. Υπήρξε εκδότης του περιοδικού Πλανόδιον (1986-2012). Τον Απρίλιο του 2010 ιδρυσε τον ιστότοπο για το μικρό διήγημα Ιστορίες Μπονζάι τον οποίο συνδιευθύνει με την Ηρώ Νικοπούλου.

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