3rd Sand Festival

25-26 August 2017, Koufonissia

Strange Days Books are thrilled to invite you to the 3rd Sand Festival, which will take place on the island of Koufonissia this year on Friday 25/8 and Saturday 26/8.

We invite poets and writers to send us texts with the theme of our online flash fiction competition that took place on the 1st of May through Facebook. The theme is: Little Revolutions.

Our plan is to publish a collection of the best texts from this competition along with the poems and stories you will bring to us to Sand Festival this year!

We accept poems of 2 A4 pages maximum length and short stories of 1000 words maximum.

Like in the two previous Sand Festivals, the selected poets and writers will read their texts on the sand.

This summer, authors will also have a chance to discuss their work and participate in a DIY creative writing workshop with authors published by Strange Days Books.

But Sand Festival means readings, literary discussions and book presentations as well as music, photography, beach parties, even star-gazing after midnight and many more things that will come up on the sand!

Send your poems and short stories from 15 May to 15 June 2017 to info@eyelands.gr or info@paraxenesmeres.gr

Number of texts to be accepted: 20 short stories and 20 poems maximum

Selected writers will be notified within 15 days after their submission so they can prepare for their trip to Koufonissia.

Participation fee is 20 euros, and goes exclusively towards the expenses of the Festival. However, each participant receives 2 books by Strange Days Books in return.

3rd Sand Festival!

Still the most DIY Literary Festival that exists!


Eyelands and Strange Days Books are thrilled to announce the full programme for this year’s Sand Festival, which will take place at Sarakiniko, Gavdos on 22, 23 and 24 of July



19:00 Poetry evening – Poem readings on the sand, at Sarakiniko beach.

21:00  Music  with Kostis Golemis, Tassos Beneas and Strange C


18:00 Strange Days Books: Τhree writers published by Strange Days Books present their books and talk with the public, at the House of Exiles.

The books: “When you least expect it” by Antonis Tsirikoudis, “Tsonglasse has been looking for hair all morning” by Sophia Kalogeridou and “Underage Noirs” by Andriana Minou

20:00 Short story evening – short story readings on the sand, at Sarakiniko beach


19:00 Meeting and feedback about the festival on the sand

21:00 Theatre performance: The fair Athokoutala, performed by ProTasi performance company, Sarakiniko Open Theatre – Free entry with optional donation

23:00 Farewell Party on the sand


Digital art exhibition by Dimitris Toulios at the House of Exiles

Photography Exhibition by the Greek Photography Society of Crete

Open all day, free entry

Looking forward to seeing you on 22, 23, 24  of July in Gavdos!

Sand Festival is absolutely DIY, free to participate or attend and has no sponsors whatsoever. If you would like to support it, click here and find out how!


Strange Days Books and eyelands.gr are happy to invite you to Gavdos again this year for the 2nd DIY literature festival aka Sand Festival! This year the subjects for the texts you can send us are

1. Sea, sand, island

2. Journey, leaving, refugee

Choose a subject and write a short story (up to 700 words) or a poem (up to 50 lines)

Send your texts to info@eyelands.gr or info@paraxenesmeres.gr by the 14th of June! We will let you know whether your text was chosen by the 10th of June. And then, see you in Sarakiniko, Gavdos on 22-24 July!

The festival will last 3 days dedicated to:

Friday 22nd of July: welcome, discussion, digital art exhibition and music concert with Vassilis Floros

Saturday 23rd of July: book presentations, poetry on the sand, music

Sunday 24th of July: short stories, theatre performance of “The beautiful Athokoutala” by proTASI and party on the sand

Meetings will start at 21:00

Every afternoon at 18:00 there will be a DIY creative writing workshop with free participation

Last year we had a photo exhibition on the sand (literally!), this summer we will have a digital art exhibition with works by Dimitris Toulios, an artist who has been collaborating with eyelands and Strange Days Books for many years, another photo exhibition, more music events, a theatre performance at the open theatre of Sarakiniko and some more surprises to be announced soon!

Sand Festival is absolutely free, it is not funded by anyone and it is run exclusively by volunteers. The festival has no income whatsoever yet it has lots of expenses. In order to cover some of the festival’s basic expenses, this year we’re selling T-shirts and the book with last year’s festival’s texts! If you would like to support us visit this page and follow the instructions 🙂

Also, don’t forget to follow us on facebook and instagram!


Sand Festival is searching for its sound and invites poets, writers, musicians, songwriters (or whatever you are) to send us their own recordings of the “sounds of the sand”. You may find inspiration in the photos you can find here or in the themes we propose above and record your own sounds, texts, music, soundscapes, songs etc which will be uploaded here, on our facebook page and our soundcloud. Send us your ideas via email or facebook!


Open call for musicians of all genres, soloists or ensembles, who would like to perform at Sand Festival, the 1st DIY Writing Festival that will take place on 24-25 of July in the island of Gavdos. This is a DIY Festival, there are no participation fees, no sponsors and no funding, which of course means that we cannot pay any performance fees for any participating musicians. The Festival will include readings, writing workshops, creative games and talks, with writers and poets coming from all over Greece. We would like each day of the Festival to end with live concerts by bands or solo musicians who would like to share their work with the attendants of the Festival in a relaxed atmosphere on the sand of the Ai-Giannis beach. If you find this intriguing, if you happen to be at Gavdos that specific weekend and you’ve got your musical instruments (acoustic ones, as there is no possibility for microphones etc) send us a few words about you and a small sample of your work (video or recording in any format) by the 1st of July at info@eyelands.gr or info@paraxenesmeres.gr . The Sand Festival organising team will let you know whether your music could be included in the programme of the Festival. We are open to all musical styles and genres, to professionals and amateurs, in other words, to all musicians who would simply like their music to be heard at Sand Festival, so don’t think twice! We are looking forward to listening to your music and until then you can keep an eye on what’s going on with Sand Festival here or at our facebook page. All the participating musicians will be featured on a special page in our blog!


How many grains of sand does it take to build an island? If each one of us brings a few grains could we build our own island? And what if we used words instead of sand? What sort of an island would that be then? Bring your words to the Sand Festival this summer in Gavdos on the 24th and 25th of July. Sign up by sending us your text by the 20th of June!

If you write literature or poetry, in public or strictly in the shower, or if you would just like to exchange ideas about the adventure of writing on the sand, send us your text or simply let us know that you are joining us at the first DIY writing festival, taking place in the island of Gavdos this summer. Participation is absolutely free of charge and as far as accommodation is concerned, we recommend free camping on the sand. You can send us any text that you find appropriate for a festival happening on an island in the summer.  But you could also consider writing something according to our guidelines below.

1. Message in a bottle (up to 500 words)

Write a message you would put in a bottle you would throw in the sea hoping it would reach someone

2. Days on the sand (up to 700 words)

Write a short story beginning with the following sentence

I was walking on the sand for hours

3. Sand Image

Write a story (up to 700 words) or a poem (up to 2 A4 pages) inspired by the photos you can find in the 2nd or 3rd slideshows here

In any case let us know you would like to attend or send your texts by 20/6 to info@eyelands.gr or info@paraxenesmeres.gr and you will hear from our team by 30/6.

The festival is organised by Strange Days Books and Eyelands. Our ambition is to try and create a book out of the work that will be presented at the Festival. Also, musicians or performers who would like to perform, feel free to contact us! The festival is still a work in progress and we are happy to consider everyone’s ideas!

Please note that we expect most participants to be Greek so the language used at the events will be Greek. However, we also accept texts in English and we promise we will try to find a way to include English speakers in the events of the Festival as much as possible (although you probably know how hard it is to make Greeks speak in English when they get together and have a good time…).


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