Niall de Burca
Niall de Búrca is one of Ireland’s finest traditional storytellers. He was raised in Galway and displayed a talent for narrative from a young age. At home he has featured in theatre, radio and at many festivals including Féile Earraai, the CS Lewis Festival, and The National Children’s Book Festival. Abroad he has performed and held workshops in countries as diverse as Poland, Argentina, Italy and The Netherlands.
Niall also spent many years living in New Zealand. His experiences as an emigrant there have had a major influence on his work and performance style. Recognised for the diversity of his stories and with an ability to reach all ages; Niall is a familiar figure to many Irish children through his innovative school programmes. His “Storytelling As A Tool Of Education” workshops are highly recommended by educators. In May 2002 he received a Medal Of Excellence from the Heidleberg school district in Germany for his work with young authors.
Find out more at Niall’s website.
Awards & Accomplishments
He has featured in theatre, radio and at many festivals including Feile Earraai, the East Belfast CS Lewis Festival and The National Children’s Book Festival.
Abroad, he has performed and held workshops in many countries including Poland, Argentina, Italy and the Netherlands.
The ace storyteller adds that he loves his job because it’s endlessly varied, with different audiences. Indeed, he’s just as at home with children’s stories as more grown up ‘horror’-themed fare, and there is a more serious strand to this art form too.
In January 2004, Niall produced Blackwater Storystream, a peace and reconciliation initiative using storytelling to link together fifty schools in the border counties of Armagh and Monaghan.