Everyone loves a good story but it takes really good storyteller to tell a really good story.
Here in Northern Ireland we are lucky to have Liz Weir – a storyteller and writer who has travelled the world to tell her tales.
Based in the Glens of Antrim in a small town called Cushendall, Liz tells stories to people of all ages.
She was the first winner of the International Story Bridge Award from the National Storytelling Network, USA, which cited her ‘exemplary work promoting the art of storytelling’.
Liz Weir has told her stories to people of all ages on five continents. She has performed in pubs and prisons and hospital rooms. She worked on stages in the mighty Vanderbilt Hall of New York’s Grand Central Station and in the Royal Albert Hall.
She has worked with people from very different cultural backgrounds including children from Israel and Palestine, she has worked with universities in Germany and Wales and she’s appeared on TV in South Africa and Canada. Not only that but she has also appeared at major events, such as the National Storytelling Festival in Tennessee and the Australian National Storytelling Festival.
Her voice can be heard on CDs like ‘The Wailing Of The Wind’, together with the Mavron String Quartet. Liz Weir has also written more than 20 books. She is the author of ‘When Dad Was Away’ which is a picture book about a child whose father is in jail and also ‘Tales of the Road’, a children’s book about Irish Traveller life.
In 2014, after a commission from the Festival at the Edge she wrote “All for the Dead Man’s Penny”. Violin player Ciaran Mulholland composed the music for that story of World War One.
Liz Weir does not only work as an artist. Advertising agencies ask her for concepts and she leads corporate training sessions, as storytelling has become more and more accepted as a marketing instrument. And for those working with Alzheimer’s patients, Liz Weir’s talks demonstrate that we can revitalize people by helping them remember and tell their stories.
She likes nothing more than to share Irish stories with visitors who come to her hostel in the Glens of Antrim, the cultural heart of the Causeway Coastal Route. Guests staying at the Ballyeamon Barn, which is a hostel owned by Liz, can hear her stories at the Saturday Night Sessions. Also, she brings stories to life in her role as creator and festival director of the Glens Storytelling Festival event. And so good is her storytelling that she has also captured the ears of the corporate world. She has facilitated many a conference within corporate and industrial sectors to help improve staff development and communication.
As storytellers ourselves, we are very proud to be working with this very special lady.
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