Patras World Poetry Festival 2021

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4th “Patras World Poetry Festival 2021

13th - 19th of December


This year, the 4th “Patras World Poetry Festival” boasts a variety of original literary events taking place between the 13th and 19th of December 2021, hosting a total of 70 poets from 20 different countries.

The occasion of a calendar year combining on one hand the memory of the Greek people’s fight for freedom, and on the other hand the contemporary experience of confinement, led us to this year’s thematic center: “CONFINEMENT-FREEDOM-HUMAN REVOLUTIONS”. We bring novel aims and ideas, along with a greater and more essential need for expression, synergy and communication.

For 2021, the festival’s programme will be extended from 4 days to 7, hosting a multitude of events for audiences and participants both Greek and foreign, raising the bar and aiming to establish a tradition of cultural celebration.

This year too, for its most part, the Festival will be held online, a blended programme combining physical and online activities as adjusted to Covid-19 regulations, in a shifting terrain of cultural events during the pandemic.

The events of the week’s programme will take place in three (3) different places in Patras, each one of them a space for hosting cultural events. The events will be broadcasted ONLINE on the website including both main and side events:

Main Events:

  • 15th-18th December 2021

Five (5) Online Poetry Meetings including Readings and Roundtables: There will be lecterns where the guest poets will be presented; their works will be read (in 2 languages). The guest poets will also participate in the roundtables and discuss topics revolving around poetry and criticism.

  • 18th December 2021

Online Award Ceremony for the Greek “Jean Moréas” Poetry Award for 2021: The annual ceremony for the “Jean Moréas” Awards for Greek poetic art and production in its entire spectrum.

  • 16th December 2021

Newcomer Poet Marathon: A night of presentations and readings of new poets, combining physical and online presence.

Parallel Events: (11th -19th of December 2021)

  • Festival Anthology: Limited trilingual book edition plus eBook.
  • Online shows:
  • #meet_the_poets: tributes and interviews online at the channel.
  • #videopoetry: presentation of video-poetry online.
  • Poetry Set to Singing: music radio tributes to poetry set to singing.
  • Exhibitions:
  • Poetry exhibition: presenting the works of poetry
  • Book exhibition of Newcomer Poets: presenting poetry collection books from new poets; participation from established poets and publishing houses.
  • Poetry Alley: Presentation of poets and poems (the ones participating in the festival) on a central pedestrian precinct of Patras.

During both the physical and the online events, there will be participation from internationally acclaimed academics, novelists, critics, and representatives of institutions.

The Patras World Poetry Festival 2021 is organized by the “Grafeion Poiiseos” Poetry Foundation, the literary website Culture Book (, while it is annually held under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Tourism*. The festival’s events are supported by the Greek Library of London, the University of Western Macedonia, the Hellenic Open University and many other esteemed institutions, since the festival takes place under the aegis of the Hellenic Republic’s President.

The Patras World Poetry Festival is one of the largest literary institutions in Greece, certainly the largest of its whole region, and it has already drawn attention amongst esteemed festivals internationally. Every year, the city of Patras hosts important figures of world literature and offers a richness of events, including poetry readings, seminars and cultural activities. The festival’s vision is to promote Greek literary expression worldwide and turn this capital of Western Greece into a European center for literary studies. Through its actions, the festival communicates with various departments of Greek literary studies all over the world and it chronicles contemporary poetic expression.

A detailed programme will soon be posted on the festival’s website


On behalf of the Scholarly Representatives

Kotopoulos H. Triantafyllos

Chair of the “Patras World Poetry Festival”

Skiathas D. Antonis

Chair of the “Grafeion Poiiseos” Poetry Fountation



Maria Alaniadi


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Anna Griva, Greece


Anna Griva, Greece

The Poems

Artemisia Gentileschi in her atelier

The walls tables and floors
filled with Holofernes' head
sometimes cradled by Judith
and sometimes
in the arms of a maidservant

She looks at the heads
and feels deep inside
the weight of futility:
"Judith, many nights I've thought
of you contemplating murder
a swarm of angels
ancient Cherubs
placing your hand on the sword's hilt
luring you
and you not being able to resist
this suspension in time
I could not either
and now I'm burning up
in mud and paint
I who when my hands
anxiously move hold still
the fate of all women
like an old wound that opens up and
oozes even if no one is touching it".

At that moment
all the paints started flowing
a colourful waterfall
and her form
with stark black hair
appeared in front of her
and the blood flowed
from her hands
into the room and
then onto the street
painting the town
until everyone believed
that god had finally
bestowed his royal purple
on his kingdom on earth that day.

(Demons, Melani, 2020)



Οι τοίχοι τα τραπέζια τα πατώματα
γεμάτα με το κεφάλι του Ολοφέρνη
κάποτε να το κρατά η Ιουδήθ
κι άλλοτε στα χέρια μιας δούλας

Μα εκείνη κοιτά τα κεφάλια
και νιώθει μες στα σπλάχνα της
βαριά τη ματαιότητα:
«Ιουδήθ, πόσες βραδιές
σε συλλογίστηκα
να σκέφτεσαι τον φόνο
κι ύστερα να έρχονται σμήνη αγγέλων
πανάρχαια Χερουβείμ
να σου ακουμπούν στο χέρι το σπαθί
θέλγητρα να ραίνουν στη μορφή σου
κι εσύ να μην μπορείς ν' αντισταθείς
σ' αυτό το πάγωμα του χρόνου
όπως δεν μπόρεσα κι εγώ
που τώρα φλέγομαι
μέσα στις λάσπες και τα χρώματα
εγώ που όταν τα χέρια μου
ανήσυχα κινούνται
κρατώ ακίνητη
των γυναικών τη μοίρα
σαν μια πληγή παλιά
που σκίζεται και ρέει
ακόμη κι αν κανείς δεν την αγγίζει».

Και τότε άνοιξαν τα χρώματα
σαν καταρράκτης
και η μορφή της
με τα μαλλιά ολόμαυρα
στάθηκε μπρος της
χωρίς φωνή
Και το αίμα έρεε
από τα χέρια της
στο δωμάτιο
κι ύστερα στον δρόμο
κι ανέμιζε η πόλη κατακόκκινη
μέχρι που όλοι πίστεψαν
πως ο θεός τη μέρα εκείνη
πρόσφερε επιτέλους την πορφύρα του
το βασίλειό του στη γη.

Συλλογή: Δαιμόνιοι (Μελάνι, 2020)

The Poet

Anna Griva was born in Athens in 1985 and studied Greek in Athens and History of Literature in Rome. She teaches creative writing at the Hellenc Open University and she works as a translator and editor. She has published five books of poetry (her last book with the title "Demons", Melani, 2020), a book of short stories and a historical novel. Her poetry appeared in many languages.


H Άννα Γρίβα σπούδασε Φιλολογία στην Αθήνα και Ιστορία της Λογοτεχνίας στη Ρώμη. Διδάσκει Δημιουργική Γραφή στο Ελληνικό Ανοιχτό Πανεπιστήμιο, ενώ παράλληλα εργάζεται ως μεταφράστρια και επιμελήτρια κειμένων. Έχει εκδώσει πέντε ποιητικές συλλογές, ένα βιβλίο με διηγήματα και ένα ιστορικό μυθιστόρημα. Ποιήματά της έχουν μεταφραστεί σε πολλές γλώσσες.

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