Fairy Folk and Family History

A couple of local gents are drinking a pint in a pub near Cushendall, County Antrim, one evening when a redhead comes through the door. “Ah, there’s that Liz Weir who believes in fairies,” one says. Weir, an Irish storyteller with an international reputation, stops. “And you don’t?” He smiles and shakes his head. “So now, tell me, will you be cutting down that fairy tree on your place any time soon?” She means an old Hawthorne...

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Stories Used To Be An Event! Still are?

Some Native American cultures saved storytelling for the winter months when people had time to gather together, repeat myths, share histories and create a common cultural bond. It was an event; something to look forward to. In my town, the only thing that comes close is when children gather for Story Hour at the public library or when Irish storyteller, Liz Weir, makes her annual appearance in Boulder. Aditi Worcester, a video biographer, makes...

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2009 Conference on World Affairs

100 speakers, 200 panels, 5 days, the 61st annual Conference on World Affairs offered some great quotes about story. No one ever marched on Washington because of a pie chart. You need a good story. —Terry McNally (radio commentator) You need to know where you came from to know who you are. Ask your family for the stories. –Liz Weir (Irish storyteller Boom Chicka Boom) We need a poetic response to reality. –Peter Thabit Jones...

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