Liz Weir
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Liz Weir is a storyteller and writer from Northern Ireland, who has told her stories to children and adults on 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.

Weir is the author of more than 20 children's books including When Dad Was Away about a child whose father is in jail. She has also written scripts for television animations. During 2014, her travels will take her to the Moscow Book Festival.

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," Weir has once again been nominated for this year's Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. Having participated for 14 years, she describes CWA as "the best week in my year!"