The City Chapter, the partnership of libraries in Armagh, hosted an evening event to promote the spoken and written word, and celebrate World Book Day, on Thursday 2 March 2017 at 7.30pm in the Irish and Local Studies Library.
This year, storyteller Liz Weir was invited to help the City Chapter to celebrate World Book Day in Armagh. 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 has worked on stages in the mighty Vanderbilt Hall of New York’s Grand Central Station and in the Royal Albert Hall.
Liz has worked for people with very different cultural backgrounds – for children from Israel and Palestine, at universities in Germany and Wales, on television between South Africa and Canada. She has appeared at major events, such as the National Storytelling Festival in Tennessee and the Australian National Storytelling Festival.
Liz’s voice can be heard on CDs like ‘The Wailing Of The Wind’, together with the Mavron String Quartet. She has also written more than twenty books, for example, ‘When Dad Was Away’, which is a picture-book about a child whose father is in jail, and ‘Tales of the Road’, a children’s book about Irish Traveller life.
In 2014 after a commission from the Festival at the Edge Liz wrote ‘All for the Dead Man’s Penny’. Violin player Ciaran Mulholland composed the music for that story of World War One and both performed this work at last year’s John Hewitt International Summer School in the Marketplace Theatre in Armagh.
A spokesperson for the City Chapter said, “We invite people to celebrate World Book Day with us by listening to Liz’s storytelling in one of Armagh’s libraries. What better way to promote the spoken and written word! We are also delighted that, the following morning, Liz has agreed to work with the City Chapter to hold two storytelling sessions for primary schools in the Marketplace Theatre at the start of this year’s St Patrick’s Festival.”
As with all City Chapter events, admission is free, with donations welcome. For further information, please go to the City Chapter’s website, citychapter.org, or telephone 028 82253686.