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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Giorgos Gotis, Greece

Giorgos Gotis, Greece

Giorgos Gotis, Greece

The Poems


Our words are little mirrors
a piece of land from our future
where our image will come to rest
as others hold the words steady.
We'll find a place to be together.

Our words are little mirrors
of water slaking
the thirst of our past
as they hold forgotten images
small lakes, on the soft grass of whose shore
we'll lie down and we'll be two.
Lives caught in the silence, the imprints
of our bodies in the water, imprisoned in the depths.
Lean on my shoulder, I'll fill your lips with secrets
so you can remake
the image of the place that contains us.

You who learned to look behind
the blur of words in the dark
to interpret the mirror's traces, speak
with the prophetic language of the past.

(Μετάφραση Andrew Watson)



Τα λόγια μας μικροί καθρέφτες
ένα κομμάτι γης του μέλλοντός μας
όπου θα γαληνέψει η εικόνα μας καθώς
σταθερά θα τα κρατούν οι άλλοι.
Τόπο θα βρούμε και θα είμαστε μαζί.

Τα λόγια μας μικροί καθρέφτες
από νερό που σβήνει
του παρελθόντος μας τη δίψα
έτσι όπως κρατούν εικόνες ξεχασμένες
λίμνες μικρές, στης όχθης τους το μαλακό χορτάρι
θα ξαπλώσουμε και θα 'μαστε δυό.
Ζωές πιασμένες στη σιωπή, τα αποτυπώματα
του σώματός μας στο νερό, φυλακισμένα στο βυθό.
Γείρε στον ώμο μου, τα χείλη σου
θα τα γεμίσω μυστικά ώστε να ξαναφτιάξεις
την εικόνα του τόπου που μας περιέχει.

Εσύ που έμαθες να βλέπεις πίσω
από τη θαμπάδα των λέξεων της σκοτεινιάς
του καθρέφτη να ερμηνεύεις τα ίχνη, μίλησε
με την προφητική του παρελθόντος γλώσσα.

Από την ποιητική συλλογή: Στοιχειώδη Σωμάτια. Εκδ. στιγμή. Αθήνα *2015

* * * 


The snow is silence upon our lips,
it whispers us sounds, melting
for the beginning of the world.
And in its mirror, your step
splinters my thoughts in rays.
Memories of broken days,

Holding hands.
Our footsteps are traces and script.
As love weights on the snow.

Snow's jingle bell echoes our madness
singing under the colorful blanket
that is our life. Our hearts beat the deep blue sky
and the closed horizon mocks our day in secret silence.

Snow, the harp's chords and white hair
of an elder sky.
The dust of words
will cover us.
Bones once knotted in love.
Snow, manna of the sky.

Snow, sky's light soil we hold,
'till it covers us, like it covers the land
'till it's put to sleep,'till the pixies of our slumber
and wildflowers and life's white lilies
blossom in celestial soil.

(Μετάφραση Andrew Watson)



Σιωπή στα χείλη μας το χιόνι
μας ψιθυρίζει ήχους λιώνοντας
για την αρχή του κόσμου.
Και στον καθρέφτη του ακτινωτά
το βήμα σου τις σκέψεις μου ραγίζει.
Διαλυμένων ημερών
πλέκονται αναμνήσεις.

Πιασμένοι από το χέρι.
Οι πατημασιές μας ίχνη και γραφή.
Της αγάπης το βάρος πάνω στο χιόνι.

Το καμπανάκι του χιονιού ηχεί την τρέλα μας
τραγουδά κάτω από την πολύχρωμη κουβέρτα
της ζωής μας. Στον βαθύ μπλε ουρανό χτυπάνε
οι καρδιές μας και μέσα στη μυστική ησυχία
ο κλειστός ορίζοντας τη μέρα μας σαρκάζει.

Χορδές της άρπας και λευκά μαλλιά
του γέροντα ουρανού.
Στάχτη των λέξεων
θα μας σκεπάσει, χιόνι.
Οστά περιπλεγμένα κάποτε στον έρωτα.
Χιόνι το μάννα του ουρανού.

Χιόνι, του ουρανού το χώμα το ελαφρύ
που πιάνουμε στα χέρια μας μέχρι να μας σκεπάσει
όπως σκεπάζει απαλά τη γη για να κοιμίσει
να ανθίσουνε του ύπνου μας αερικά, ανεμώνες
λευκά κρινάκια της ζωής στου ουρανού το χώμα.

Από την ποιητική συλλογή Στοιχειώδη Σωμάτια. Εκδ. στιγμή. Αθήνα * 2015

The Poet

Giorgos Gotis has published the poetic collections: " At early dawn"(1988), "Natural History" (1991), "Hidden Image" (1999), "Chronography (2007). "Without map" (2011), "Elementary Particles" (2015), " Converging Winds" (2018), "Journey to the Shadows" 44 (2021) and also the novel, "More Veneto" (2013). In 2008, he received the prestigious Poetry Award from the Greek journal "Diavazo" and in 2017 he was honoured by the Academy of Athens.


Ο Γιώργος Γώτης έχει εκδώσει τις ποιητικές συλλογές: "Όρθρου Βαθέος" (1988), "Φυσική Ιστορία" (1991), " Κρυμμένη Εικόνα" (1999), "Χρονογραφία" (2007), "Δίχως Χάρτη" (2011), "Στοιχειώδη Σωμάτια" (2015), "Συγκλίνοντες 'Ανεμοι" (2018), " Ταξίδι στη Σκιά" και το πεζογράφημα "More Veneto" (2013). Τιμήθηκε με το βραβείο ποίησης του περιοδικού "Διαβάζω" το 2008 και το 2017 με το βραβείο Κώστα και Ελένης Ουράνη της Ακαδημίας Αθηνών.

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