{Scotland} Haggis Hunting at the Carnegie Museum

March 7, 2014


Last weekend, I was over in Scotland and found myself in Dunfermline at the opening of the Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum for the new season (it closes for a couple of
months over the winter). To mark the occasion, Scottish broadcaster and writer Sally Magnusson was introducing her new book from the ‘Horace the Haggis’ series.


Together with husband Norman Stone – the illustrator of the books – she brought Horace and his friends to life for the captive family audience. While Sally read extracts from ‘Horace and the ghost dog, Norman had the kids running and jumping around like a haggis, role playing as cats, and together everyone ended up singing Horace’s haggis song to the tune of ‘Donald where’s your troosers” – as you do.



The highlight for the young fans was no doubt getting to meet their haggis hero in person and ask him lots of questions. Horace was a little shy, so Norman had to interpret as the answers were whispered to him – and dry some haggis tears when someone asked how best to cook poor Horace!



Afterwards, the trio was available for book signing. The day’s programme continued with Cookie Monster workshops in the afternoon – echoing the Sesame Tree puppets newly on display – and of course visitors could tour the museum (which I have written about before in more detail).



It was lovely to see the museum so full of families, and to be part of seeing the new season off to a roaring start!




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