From Northern Ireland, Liz Weir is a professional storyteller who works with all age groups promoting that 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 and organizing workshops and festivals. She has been a featured teller at major festivals including the National Storytelling Festival in Tennessee, and at the Tejas, Bay Area, St. Louis, and Northern Appalachian storytelling festivals. She has presented papers at the National Storytelling Conferences in both San Diego and Tennessee and has worked in Israel, Russia, Australia, Germany, and Canada.
Liz is the author of Boom Chicka Boom, a collection of stories for children published by the O'Brien Press and her work is available on CD (“Crosskeys Inn: Tales Across the Ocean” and “ Tthe Worst of Weir and Teare”). She was the presenter of the BBC Radio Ulster's series “The Gift of the Gab.” As a storyteller, Weir has performed in venues as varied as prisons, hospitals, day care, schools, and libraries and has told her wide range of stories to audiences from one year old to 106. She firmly believes in the power of storytelling to aid conflict resolution and actively works for peace in her native country.