20th January 2017
21st Ex Tempore Salon.
The 21st Ex Tempore soirée was held on Friday 20th January 54 persons attending and 17 persons reading poetry, essays and short stories in English, French, Spanish, Norwegian and Albanian. Besides our gifted UN staffers and veterans we had guests from the Société génevoise des écrivains and the Centre PEN Suisse romand and Aline Dedeyan did her orginal sketch to general applause --
See some photos of the event, click here
To see the full invitation click here
Ex Tempore is the literary journal published annually by the United Nations Society of Writers (UNSW)/ Societé des écrivains des Nations Unies (SENU) in Geneva.
The Society of Writers was founded on Friday, 14 August 1989 by Sergio Chaves (Argentina, 1931-2015+), Leonor Sampaio (Brazil) and Alfred de Zayas (USA).
Over a capuccino (renversé) at the Press Bar of the Palais des Nations, Alfred suggested naming the proposed journal "Ex Tempore", since staff contributions should be crisp, uncomplicated, impromptu, and as far away as possible from the stale UN jargon of resolutions and reports.
We wanted to prove that we could write literature - not just bureaucratic pseudo-intellectual stuff. The most boring part of our endeavour was the drafting and amending the statutes, and getting our own issn number: ISSN 1020-6604.
Contact: Alfred de Zayas
and/or Marko Stanovic