Under the high patronage of Mrs. Melia Mercouri, Culture and Science Minister of the Greek Republic, the 8th WCP was held in Corfu (Kerkyra), Greece, September 28- October, 1985. Once again the Congress was presided over by the former President of the Republic of Senegal, the great poet Dr. Leopold Sedar Senghor.  This was requested by the host country as well as by the poets of the world. 

 

The topics of the Corfu Congress were: (1) Mediterranean Poetry and Civilization, (2) The Poet in Contemporary Society-Living Condition and Social Position, and (3) The Poet vis-à-vis Book Industry and the Mass Media.  The three topics for discussion interested the participants greatly. 

 

More than 300 eminent poets took part in the Corfu Congress.  All of them were in high spirit to discuss the topics and to chant their own poems.  They visited the beautiful scenic spots around the island.  Among them about one-third were local poets and two-thirds coming from other countries. 

 

The touch of the WCP movement was passed on one after another throughout the world and now it arrived in Greece, the home of the Muses.