Every year, many of the individual storytelling events that take place around the globe are linked by a common theme. The selection of the theme is a global event in itself: themes are suggested by storytellers from around the world through the worldstorytellingday listserv and the World Storytelling Day Facebook page.
This year, Dutch storyteller Melanie Plag and Canadian storyteller Dale Jarvis collected the various suggestions into a list, and an online poll was created and shared. Close to 400 storytellers and story lovers from far and wide voted for their top two favourite themes, to set the topics for both 2013 and 2014.
The votes have been cast, the numbers have been crunched, and the themes have been selected!
2013 - Fortune and Fate
2014 - Monsters and Dragons
The voting results for the top ten theme choices are presented below. For more information about World Storytelling Day, visit the website at http://www.freewebs.com/worldstorytellingday/