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02 March 2021

Writers of Cranachan book thanked in Scottish Parliament

28 May 2020

It's not often that writers and publishers get a mention in the Scottish Parliament but the writers of Stay at Home! - a book published by Cranachan Publishing - are among that select group.

Stay at Home! Poems and Prose for Children in Lockdown  is a a free anthology of poems and stories for children aged 8-12, comprising specially written lockdown-themed contributions by 40 writers based in Scotland and wonderfully illustrated by Darren Gate. You can download a copy from the Cranachan Publishing website or from

The motion thanking those involved (and the children of Scotland) was lodged on 26 May 2020 by MSP Christine Grahame and reads:

'Stay at Home! Poems and Prose for Children in Lockdown

That the Parliament welcomes the creation of Stay at Home! Poems and Prose for Children in Lockdown, an anthology for children edited by the Borders-based author, Joan Haig, which brings together pieces by 40 children's writers from across Scotland; notes that it will be released on 28 May 2020 as a free eBook published by Cranachan Publishing and hosted by Publishing Scotland's Books from Scotland; understands that it is dedicated to children, aiming to recognise and thank them for their rainbows, handwashing and sacrifices during the COVID-19 crisis; thanks the writers who have contributed, and thanks the children of Scotland for their efforts during the pandemic.

Supported by: Sandra White, Bill Kidd, Mark McDonald, David Torrance, Stewart Stevenson, Richard Lyle, Gillian Martin'

See Motion S5M-21842: Christine Grahame, Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 26/05/2020.