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Blogpost review by @childrensfiction
"This is such a captivating and enchanting book which is so beautifully written - it was an absolute joy to read. I enjoyed the twists and turns of the plot and the superb characterisation, especially Jenny’s Granny always prepared with a pot of tea and some hot pancakes!"
The BTF Newsletter, ISSUE 107
In this summer's members BTF newsletter, I share my story of how thyroid cancer prompted me to write books for children.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.'
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.
Primary School Book Club February Vote!
Tiger Skin Rug is up for the Primary School Book Club pick this month!