Here are some of my latest events and announcements and my monthly post for the Scattered Authors' Society.

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The Tiger Skin Rug Suite, by Hannah Haynes
10 May 2021

Harpist and composer Hannah Haynes has produced a suite for clarinet in B flat with accompaniment of two harps & optional high voice(s). The part of clarinet is advanced, but the harp and vocal pieces have been designed for children to play. Click on the link to purchase the full score in sheet music. Watch this space for news of a future performance and recording!

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Moat Brae: 161st Birthday of JM Barrie
9 May 2021

The National Centre for Children's Literature invited guests to join Shortbread the Fairy - Moat Brae's very own house fairy! - to reflect on the life and works of JM Barrie. It was a fantastic opportunity to highlight how far we've come - and how far we have to go -  in fair representation of other places, cultures and languages.

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Get the Scoop! Cranachan Publishing Preview Party
2 April 2021

Get all the latest news and gossip on the 2021 Cranachan Publishing catalogue! Book trailers, author readings, cover reveals and... a big announcement about Tiger Skin Rug! (It's 39:20 minutes in!)

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Going Elsewhere: Big DoG Children's Book Festival

25 March 2021

Join Renita Boyle and Joan Haig who will help you go elsewhere, even when you can't (just yet). Use what you discover in this workshop to create a story, poem, illustration or comic to share the adventures of your imagination. Live stream 11:15am, or catch up later! Free, ticketed.

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Stories for Lockdown: Big DoG Children's Book Festival

25 March 2021

Have you seen aliens? Had a bad haircut? Celebrated a birthday a bit differently? Listen to authors reading their extracts from the Stay at Home! anthology. Some are serious, some are silly, but they all remind us there’s a rainbow after the storm. Free, ticketed.

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 Children's Book of the Week in The Courier

20 March 2021

Tiger Skin Rug is Children's Book of the Week in The Courier Magazine this weekend, reviewed and awarded 9/10 by 11-year-old Anna Alexander. Thank you, Anna!

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Feature: Armadillo Magazine Spring Issue

10 March 2021

Tiger Skin Rug is a brilliant new magical realism story by Joan Haig. Bridget Carrington interviews the author about the inspiration for her latest book.

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Happy World Book Day! Message from authors

4 March 2021

Behold this mammoth and marvellous homage to books, reading and World Book Day as part of this year's celebrations! Gathered by Sophie Anderson and stitched together by Gavin Hetherington, it features 153 children's authors. You can find my wee message tucked in at 26:35.

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Women's Weekly Feature Article

2-9 March 2021

Inspiring the Next Generation: As kids (and adults!) around the the UK celebrate World Book Day on 4 March, we ask three women what inspired them to become children's authors.

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Author Talk: Rocky Roads to Publication

22 Feb 2021

Grab a drink and a snack and join children’s writer – and Arcadia Edinburgh staff member – Joan Haig as she talks about different routes to publishing fiction, her own path, and the opportunities and challenges of publishing during a pandemic.

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Review: Reading Zone

15 Feb 2021

Stephen Leitch, School Librarian

'Talking tigers, flying rugs and pancakes, what's not to like in Tiger Skin Rug, a brilliant debut novel from Joan Haig.'

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Guest blog: CILIP Library Youth Group

02 Feb 2021

Happy Library Lovers Month!

'We are delighted to welcome Joan Haig to the blog. In this post Joan introduces us to Tiger Skin Rug and the ways in which her academic research has influenced this.'

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Article in Female First

26 Jan 2021

'Don't Give Up the Day Job' by author Joan Haig. 'Labels can be powerful tools for positive change and levelling the playing field – Black Lives Matter – but our end goal as creatives should surely be to bring down barriers, not reinforce them.'

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Review: Lancashire Post

19 Jan 2021

'Heartwarming, vivid and compelling, this is a story that makes you want to believe in magic!'

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Blog: On tigers and trophies in the African bush

19 Jan 2021

This month's post in the Awfully Big Blog Adventure is about tigers that end up in picture books with African animals - and about my encounter with a taxidermist.

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101 George Street Podcast

4 Jan 2021

First up on the new series of 101 George Street is Joan Haig, author of Carnegie-nominated novel, Tiger Skin Rug.

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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.

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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.

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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.'

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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.

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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.

 

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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!

 

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Blog: Writing against the clock

19 Oct 2020

For this month's Awfully Big Blog Adventure, I've written about time travel in children's books and which particular devices might help me zip back to summertime (don't worry, I'll wear a mask).

 

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*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.

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Blog: What's in a blog?

19 Sept 2020

In my first blog for the Scattered Authors' Society's Awfully Big Blog Adventure, I investigate what a blog actually is!

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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.

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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!’

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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).

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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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Interview: An Awfully Big Blog Adventure

20 March 2020

Interview with Debut Children's Author Joan Haig by Joan Lennon

'I met Joan and the Tiger Skin Rug while teaching at Moniack Mhor.  I thought she had an excellent name, and the makings of an excellent novel.'

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World Book Day

5 March 2020

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

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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.

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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.'

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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.

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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.