On this page you can browse my news, reviews and events from 2020.


Article in The Scotsman

26 Dec 2020

Delighted to have a double-page spread in The Scotsman's Saturday magazine. The article is on houses and home in children's novels.


The Big Issue North

Dec 2020

I am delighted to have an 'Off the Shelf' article on tigers in children's books in the festive edition of The Big Issue North. You can buy it on the street or purchase a copy online.

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Interview: Advent with Authors

1 Dec 2020

Sarah and Jess Forestwood celebrate books and reading with 24 authors from around the world.


Scottish Book Trust: Read on the Go!

22 Nov 2020

Join children's author Joan Haig and West Linton Primary School's 'Ministers for Literature' on a vibrant, virtual walking and reading tour through their Scottish Borders village to celebrate Book Week Scotland 2020.

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Review of Tiger Skin Rug in The National

22 Nov 2020

'This beautifully realised tale about fitting in gets unders the skin. The fantasy fuelled adventure is filled with magic and beautiful, descriptive language on every page that grips your attention with ease and doesn't let go.'


Northern Highlight: Children's Books North

16 Nov 2020

If you could be transported to anywhere in Scotland right now, where would it be?

To the seaside – a quiet bay on the Solway Firth or west coast of the Highlands, please.


Animal Magic at the Hebridean Book Festival

2 Nov 2020

If you could choose an animal to come alive and take you on a wild adventure, which animal would you choose? Join author Joan Haig as she talks about tigers and magic in her children’s novel, Tiger Skin Rug.



Tiger Skin Rug nominated for Carnegie Medal!

2 Nov 2020

Nominees for the CILIP Carnegie Kate Greenaway Medals were announced today. Of the 10,000+ children's books published this year, 77 titles were put forward for the Carnegie Medal 2021 by members of CILIP, the library & information services association. Tiger Skin Rug is on the list!



*Please Vote!* Tiger Skin Rug a Finalist in The People's Book Prize!

5 Oct 2020

Book Brunch today announced the finalists in The People's Book Prize Winter 2020/21 showcase. Please vote for my tiger! It takes seconds - click here!


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Wigtown Book Festival

26 Sept 2020

Big Wig Book Festival presents 'Home from Home: Place and Setting in Tiger Skin Rug' - followed by Renita Boyle and Joan Haig in conversation.


World Tiger Day Instagram Tour

29 July 2020

Join John the Tiger for a tour of Scotland on Instagram, stopping on the way to celebrate tigers and books at independent bookshops, and ending up at a secret location with a REAL looked-after tiger.


Books That Represent The Diverse Nature Of Our Classrooms
10 July 2020

'A fabulous adventure which involves a tiger that comes to life!' reviewed by Starlight and Stories


Interview: 'Getting to Know..' on Stoomio

2 July 2020

Next in our ‘Getting to Know’ series we chat to Joan Haig, author of the acclaimed ‘Tiger Skin Rug’ and editor of ‘Stay at Home!’


Virtual Book Launch: Stay at Home!

28 May 2020

Bring your juice and biscuits and meet some of the 40 authors who have contributed to the Stay at Home! anthology (edited by Joan Haig, illustrated by Darren Gate, published by Cranachan Publishing).


Interview on Stay at Home! for Roaring Reads

27 May 2020

'We loved the idea as soon as we heard about it, and wanted to know how Joan managed to put together an entire book in the time it took us to burn a few banana loaves.'

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Interview: Mr Ripley's Enchanted Books

28 March 2020

'The following interview considers the origins and the inspirations behind this incredible story. You'll also get an opportunity to find out more about the author's life. It is hoped that this will encourage you to read and purchase this wonderful book.'

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World Book Day

5 March 2020

West Linton Primary School invite author Joan Haig to take part in their celebrations.


Waterstone's Braehead Book Launch

20 Feb 2020

Join us for the launch of Joan Haig's book Tiger Skin Rug; a new and exciting adventure story. The event will be chaired by Lindsay Littleson and there will be plenty of time to ask your questions and engage in the conversation. Everyone is more than welcome to come but please book your ticket online.


BBC Radio Scotland 'Out for the Weekend'

14 Feb 2020

To celebrate International Give a Book Day, we meet children’s author Joan Haig and chat about her debut novel, Tiger Skin Rug.

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A short chat with Joan Haig: Reading Pebbles

12 Feb 2020

'It struck me was how vividly the author conjures up a sense of place. I was intrigued to know how the Joan Haig’s  life experience may have influenced her writing.  So I asked her a few questions.'


Blackwell's of Edinburgh: Book Launch

8 Feb 2020

Saturday Storytime: Blackwell's is very pleased to be launching Joan Haig's 'Tiger Skin Rug', an enchanting debut novel about friendship, family and home.


Primary School Book Club February Vote!
Feb 2020

Tiger Skin Rug is up for the Primary School Book Club pick this month!


Blog Tour: Tiger Skin Rug

6-14 Feb 2020

Join award-winning children's book bloggers as they review and interview for the Tiger Skin Rug blog tour! Check out their reviews here.