Liz Weir is a professional storyteller and writer from Northern Ireland. 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). Weir has performed in Israel, Germany, Australia, and the United States. She 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.” This year Weir has been nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Award.
Weir is the author of two collections of stories for children, Boom Chicka Boom and Here, There and Everywhere. She has worked extensively in prisons and has just completed a picture book about a child whose father is in jail. She has presented The Gift of the Gab, a storytelling series for BBC Radio Ulster, and has recently written scripts for three television animations 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. Both groups 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.