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 Wise Up and Think, a series of five books for the Northern Ireland primary school curriculum.

Highlights for Weir in 2007 included her first visit to South Africa, where she spoke at the IFLA conference, and a residency at the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, Tennessee. She has presented The Gift of the Gab, a storytelling series for BBC Radio Ulster, and has recently written scripts for five 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 Organization in Northern Ireland and the Peace Initiatives Institute in Colorado. The project’s goal is 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.

She describes CWA as “the best week in my year!”