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180 children from six Barry Primary Schools celebrate the first Global World Storytelling Day     

180 children from six Barry Primary Schools celebrate the first Global World Storytelling Day 180 children from six Barry Primary Schools will be taking part in the first global celebration of storytelling during World Storytelling Day on Thursday 20 March by sharing their stories of what it means to be a good neighbour.

Wales is celebrating with this event which is designed to encourage storytelling skills and help improve literacy with nine and ten year old pupils. It is the culmination of an innovative partnership between the Vale of Glamorgan Council and St Donats Arts Centre’s storytelling education programme called Beyond the Border.

The project also provides Year Five children from the Barry Island, Romilly, St Curig, High Street, Holton and Gladstone Primary Schools with an opportunity to bid for the title of ‘Beyond The Border Young Storyteller of the Year’ on World Storytelling Day which will take place in the Barry Island Primary School Storytelling Garden.

As well as learning about storytelling and developing storytelling skills with master storytellers, Megan Lloyd and David Ambrose, each pupil has worked with the artist, Kate Derbyshire to create story mosaics in the schools including a large mosaic in the Barry Island School Storytelling Garden which will be unveiled on World Storytelling Day. Furthermore, every child has designed their own storytelling cushion to sit on during the day.

World Storytelling Day is a global celebration of the art of oral storytelling. People tell and listen to stories in as many languages and at as many places as possible during the same day and night. Participants learn from each other and create international contacts. It is celebrated every year on the spring equinox in the northern hemisphere, the first day of autumn equinox in the southern. This year’s theme is ‘Neighbours’.
The event has been important in forging links between storytellers often working far apart from each other. It has also been significant in drawing public and media attention to storytelling as an art form

World Storytelling Day has its roots in a national day for storytelling in Sweden, circa 1991-2. An event was organized for March 20 in Sweden called ‘Alla Berättares Dag’ (‘All Storytellers Day’). The Swedish national storytelling network celebrated around the country with different enthusiasts and in 1997, storytellers in Perth, Western Australia coordinated a five-week long Celebration of Story commemorating March 20 as the International Day of Oral Narrators. At the same time, in Mexico and other South American countries, March 20 was already celebrated as the National Day of Storytellers.

When the Scandinavian storytelling web-network, Ratatosk started around 2001, Scandinavian storytellers started talking and in 2002, the event spread from Sweden to Norway, Denmark, Finland and Lithuania. In 2003 the idea spread to Canada and other countries and the event has become known internationally as World Storytelling Day. World Storytelling Day 2005 had a grande finale on Sunday 20 March. There were events from 25 countries on five continents and 2006 saw the program grow further. 2007 was the first time a storytelling concert was held in Newfoundland, Canada.

In 2008 the Netherlands took part in World Storytelling Day with a big event called 'Vertellers in de Aanval' on 20 March for which 3,000 children were surprised by the sudden appearance of storytellers in their classrooms
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