Liz Weir is a professional storyteller from Northern Ireland who works with all age groups promoting the art for which the Irish are world famous. 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, including the National Storytelling Festival in Tennessee and the Australian National Storytelling Festival. She gives performances in Israel, Germany, Australia, and the United States. 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."
Weir is the author of Boom Chicka Boom, a collection of stories for children. Her new story collection Here, There and Everywhere is due out at the end of April. She has presented The Gift of the Gab, a storytelling series for BBC Radio Ulster and wrote scripts for three animated television commercials aimed at young children in Northern Ireland. The latter 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. These advertisements use mass media and classroom experience to teach young children the value of respecting and including others who are different. Weir firmly believes in the power of storytelling to promote understanding and aid conflict resolution, and she actively works for peace in her native country.
This will be Weir's fifth visit to CWA, which she describes as "the best week in my year."