Liz Weir
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Liz Weir is a storyteller and writer from Northern Ireland, who tells her stories to children and adults on all 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, the most recent being When Dad Was Away, a picture book about a child whose father is in jail, and Tales of the Road, a children's book about Irish Traveller life. During 2013, she will tour a new production in collaboration with the Mavron String Quartet. Weir will also be a featured teller at the Timpanogos Festival in Utah.

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 been nominated for the 2013 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. She describes CWA as "the best week in my year!"

www.lizweir.net