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”

Anna Afentoulidou, Greece

Anna Afentoulidou, Greece

 Anna Afentoulidou, Greece

Hide and seek

Double play

The Poems

Hide and seek

While days pass by the edge of the sky
under the ever-turning sun
and the wind howling at the skylight

My throat out of breath
I send messages and I hurry
leaning against the wall before they find me
listening with my palm

every experience I missed
every opportunity I passed over

everything you wished was left unsaid
and, with sweat and fear,

Fingers crossed
Death's dice
Wouldn't weigh too heavily on my hands.



Οι μέρες ξηλώνουν την άκρη τ' ουρανού
ο ήλιος συστρέφεται
κι ο άνεμος βογκάει στον φωταγωγό

Πιπιλάω μικρές καραμέλες του λαιμού
στέλνω μηνύματα και τρέχω
Ακουμπάω στον τοίχο πριν με βρουν
με την παλάμη αφουγκράζομαι

όσα δεν έζησα κι επέστρεψαν
όσα προσπέρασα και φύγαν

όσα δεν θέλησες να πεις
κι εγώ ιδρώνοντας

Καρφώνω σε διπλό σταυρό
Ζυγίζοντας στη χούφτα
το ζάρι του θανάτου.

* * * 

Double play

Feeling the code of your words
what do they mean?

raised marks
dots, dashes and spaces
throbbing veins
and twitching eyebrows

From the pale neck
To the chest that dared come out
The dual body that played
and got lost

Dust that flew
before it found
a shady corner for protection.


Διπλό παιχνίδι

Ψηλαφίζω τον κώδικα των λόγων σου
τι να σημαίνουν

τα φουσκωμένα σημαδάκια
κουκκίδες παύλες και κενά
η φλέβα που χτύπησε αριστερά
και το δεξί σου φρύδι

Λευκό χρώμα του λαιμού
στήθος που δέχτηκε να βγει
κορμί διπλό που έπαιξε
και χάθηκε

Σκόνη που πέταξε
προτού βρεθεί
σκιερή γωνιά να την φυλάξει.

The Poet

Anna Afentoulidou is a philologist. She is a holder of a Master's Degree in Creative Writing (postgraduate studies in Surrealism and in Cypriot literature). She is a poet (Short List of State Poetry Award 2014 of the Ministry of Culture) and a literary critic. She is the author of 6 books and participated in many collective volumes. She has also written many essays and articles in literary magazines, and participated in Greek and international conferences and scientific seminars. She is a member of work groups on educational materials such as the curriculum of Literary Education, reception classes for refugees, special education and differentiated instruction, as well as on actions to prevent addiction in youth.


Η Άννα Αφεντουλίδου είναι φιλόλογος με μεταπτυχιακό τίτλο στη Δημιουργική Γραφή (μεταπτυχιακές σπουδές στον υπερρεαλισμό και την κυπριακή λογοτεχνία). Είναι ποιήτρια (Βραχεία Λίστα Κρατικού Βραβείου Ποίησης 2014 του Υπουργείου Πολιτισμού) και κριτικός λογοτεχνίας. Είναι συγγραφέας 6 ατομικών βιβλίων, έχει συμμετάσχει σε πολλούς συλλογικούς τόμους, είναι συντάκτης πολλών δοκιμίων και άρθρων σε περιοδικά κι εφημερίδες και έχει παρουσία σε ελληνικά, διεθνή συνέδρια και επιστημονικές ημερίδες. Υπήρξε ή/και είναι μέλος ομάδων εργασίας για εκπαιδευτικά υλικά, το πρόγραμμα σπουδών της Λογοτεχνικής εκπαίδευσης, τις τάξεις υποδοχής προσφύγων, την ειδική αγωγή και την διαφοροποιημένη διδασκαλία, καθώς και δράσεων πρόληψης των νέων από τις εξαρτήσεις.

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