Where cultures come together through storytelling, writing, theatre and discussion.
World of Words is an area of the Mela where your imagination can run wild. Whether it be globally inspired stories for young people, inspirational and conversation and discussion or creative thinking, we are sure you will love our line up of local and international artists and speakers.
Liz Weir is a passionate storyteller and writer from Northern Ireland who has told her stories to people of all ages, on five continents. Liz Weir has worked for people with very different cultural backgrounds, and 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”.
Donna Washington was born in Colorado, USA and has made storytelling a central part of her performance life by learning about different people, places and of course, their stories and how to tell them. As well as being a published and celebrated Author, Donna is also a multiple award-winning recording artist and has been featured at numerous storytelling festivals around the world.
Japanese-born Storyteller Masako Carey tells stories of traditional Japanese tales and tales from around the world in schools, libraries, and community venues with people of all ages and abilities. With a strong influence from the world of animation combined with her experience as a kindergarten teacher Masako has developed a unique and mesmerising style of telling.