Celebrating World Poetry Day

A series of events in Athens and Thessaloniki celebrate World Poetry Day on Monday, March 21.

One of the day?s highlights is an event taking place at the Public bookstore in the capital?s Syntagma Square, starting at 7 p.m. Jointly organized by the National Book Center of Greece (EKEBI) and the Hellenic Authors? Society, the event brings together well-known local literary folk — among the participants are Katerina Anghelaki-Rooke, Vassilis Vasilikos, Kiki Dimoula, Andreas Mitsou, Stratis Paschalis, Lydia Stefanou and Evgenia Fakinou — who will read poems by Odysseas Elytis, given that the current year is dedicated to the Nobel-winning Greek poet.

A similar event will also take place in Thessaloniki, at the Hirsch Arcade, while the city?s Entevktirio magazine is organizing a tribute to C.P. Cavafy on the same day.

Back in Athens, poet Nanos Valaoritis presents a new theory regarding Homer?s ?Iliad? and ?Odyssey? at the Hellenic American Union (22 Massalias, Kolonaki) at 8 p.m., while over at the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation, World Poetry Day will be celebrated through poetry, music and stand-up poetry.

Finally, in Exarchia Square, young poets and members of the Hellenic Authors? Society will conduct poetry readings at the Floral cafe, beginning at 8 p.m.

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