Liz Weir
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Liz Weir is a storyteller and writer from Northern Ireland, who tells her stories to children and adults on all five continents. As a children’s librarian for the city of Belfast in the 1970s, she learned about the healing power of storytelling. Weir appears in small storytelling clubs and at major international festivals, such as the National Storytelling Festival in Tennessee and the Australian National Storytelling Festival. She has performed in Israel, at universities in Germany and Wales, on TV between Australia and Canada, in the mighty Vanderbilt Hall of New York’s Grand Central Station, and in quiet hospital rooms. Together with German journalist Winfried Dulisch, Weir has just completed a book about her storytelling experiences.

Weir is also the author of two collections of stories for children: Boom Chicka Boom and Here, There and Everywhere. Having worked extensively in prisons, Weir has written When Dad Was Away, a picture book about a child whose father is in jail (January 2012). She has also presented The Gift of the Gab, a storytelling series for BBC Radio Ulster. Weir has written scripts for television animations aimed at young children in Northern Ireland. This project was created by the Media Initiative for Children, a joint effort by the Early Years Organisation in Northern Ireland and the Peace Initiatives Institute in Colorado.

Weir was the first winner of the International Storybridge Award from the National Storytelling Network, which cited her “exemplary work promoting the art of storytelling within Ireland and between other countries,” and was nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Award. Weir describes CWA as "the best week in my year!"