Wednesday 2 May 2012

Announcing the themes for World Storytelling Day 2013 and 2014

World Storytelling Day is a global celebration of the art of oral storytelling. It is celebrated every year on the spring equinox in the northern hemisphere, the first day of autumn equinox in the southern. On World Storytelling Day, as many people as possible tell and listen to stories in as many languages and at as many places as possible, during the same day and night.

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


Mary Grace said...

Good work, Dale and Melanie!

Anonymous said...

I never do seem to vote for a winner in any election -- political or otherwise. ;-( So, F&F and then Monsters/Dragons and then maybe ships/boats.... I'll start getting my campaign team together now. ;-) And now on to announcing this to groups in Illinois USA and hoping to get some events planned!

Camille Born Storyteller
Could Be Worse!
Mahomet, East Central Illinois, US