Okay, so I didn’t get the cover story. That honor went to “Raising Meat Birds”, with an arresting photo of a turkey whose neck wattle gives mine a run for its money. Fair enough.
But if you go to page 38 of the current issue of Backyard Poultry magazine you’ll find this little gem about my twin passions, chickens and literature. Chicken lit, I guess you could say.
Complete with byline, pull quotes and a photo of the handsome CE with his sidekick, Pippa.
Ever since we embarked on the chicken project back in 2009, it has seemed that chickens are everywhere, especially in my reading. They warm the plots of some of my favorite books, including Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The House of the Seven Gables, Richard Llewellyn’s How Green Was My Valley and – especially timely, given last week’s Nobel Prize award – Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day. Different books, different authors, different settings and different centuries, yet in each the humble chicken helps enliven the story, just as my little flock enlivens my daily life.
Write what you know, they say. So I did.
And now I need to go read up on Raising Meat Birds…