Described as an “… entrancing storyteller” by the Boston Globe, Norah is a keynote speaker on literacy and storytelling. She’s been a featured storyteller in many regional festivals and was invited as a featured performer at the Exchange Place of the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN in 2013. In Jan 2014, she returned to lecture on storytelling and language acquisition in Tokyo, Japan as part of a multi-year grant funded by the Japanese government. Norah has an MEd in Creative Arts in Learning from Lesley University and a BFA in Painting from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts.
Norah’s widely acclaimed picture books, Everybody Cooks Rice, Everybody Bakes Bread, Everybody Serves Soup and Everybody Brings Noodles, (Carolrhoda Books @ lernerbooks.com) are four titles in a series about her former neighborhood in Cambridge, MA. She has also published 6 storytelling CDs.
Norah has been a classroom teacher, a middle school performing arts teacher, workshop facilitator and coach, a published children's book author and currently teaches storytelling as an adjunct at Lesley and Tufts University and in several adult and community education settings as well. She is booked in elementary and secondary schools in Massachusetts through Young Audiences of Massachusetts(yamass.org) and lives near Boston with her husband and a revolving subset of their 4 daughters. See more at: www.norahdooley.com