Joan was born in an African village, moved to a mining town for school and then to a remote South Pacific island. In her late teens she moved to India to exchange stories and games with young street children, and in her early twenties she lived in Nigeria alongside real-life pirates. Joan now lives in the Scottish hills where she writes fiction and nonfiction for children. Her debut novel, TIGER SKIN RUG, was nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2021.
Tiger Skin Rug – 2020