Liz Weir
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Liz Weir is a professional storyteller and writer from Northern Ireland, where she is based at Ballyeamon Barn, a center for storytelling and traditional arts in the Glens of Antrim. Formerly children's librarian for the city of Belfast, she now travels the world telling stories to adults and children. She organizes workshops and appears at major international festivals. Among the countries Weir has performed in are Israel, Germany, Canada, the United States, and Australia.

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." She is the author of two collections of stories for children, Boom Chicka Boom and Here, There and Everywhere, and has recently completed three series of books to enhance the Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities curriculum in Northern Ireland primary schools. Her forthcoming picture book, When Day Went Away, is a story about prisons.

Highlights for Weir in 2010 include being a featured teller at the Riverway Storytelling Festival in New York and a presenter at the Storytellers of Canada conference in Newfoundland. She serves as a tutor for Our Story Our Peace, a new storytelling and peace-building initiative in Northern Ireland. Weir firmly believes in the power of storytelling to promote understanding and aid conflict resolution.

She describes CWA as "the best week in my year!"