Author talk and signing: Arthur Parkinson
Join Lindum Books on Thursday 27 April for an evening with Arthur Parkinson to discuss his new book 'Chicken Boy, My Life with Hens'.
Thursday 27 April, 7pm, The Collection Auditorium
Tickets: £7, £26 single with book and £29 couple with book*
Join Lindum Books for an evening with Arthur Parkinson to discuss his new book 'Chicken Boy, My Life with Hens'.
'I am a toddler the first time I meet a chicken, and we are equal in size and height. The hen has tiny eyelashes, a strawberry-jam face and a voice of purring clucks. I sense a happy spirit of inquisitiveness and smile in fascination. From that moment on, I will always love the company of chickens. I have found my tribe'
Most of us want a dog, or a cat, or a pony when we are young - for Arthur Parkinson, it was always hens. Growing up in an ex-mining town in Nottinghamshire, the other kids in the playground called him 'Chicken Boy'. But the quiet fulfilment of keeping hens became his sanctuary, a tonic for mental and physical health, a connection with his family and the natural world. From the local allotments and his nan's back garden, to Chatsworth and an unlikely friendship with the late Duchess of Devonshire, a famous hen-keeper, Chicken Boy tells the story of the love and satisfaction to be found in caring for living things. Illustrated with Arthur's own characterful watercolours and photographs of his 'girls', and laden with practical hen-keeping tips, gardening advice and introductions to common, rare and pure breeds, Chicken Boy is a one-of-a-kind memoir of a life in nature.
Arthur Parkinson is the author of The Pottery Gardener and The Flower Yard, and the co-host, with Sarah Raven, of the popular Grow, Cook, Eat, Arrange podcast. His writing and photography are regularly featured in the Daily Telegraph, and have appeared in The Times, Country Life and Country Living, among other magazines and newspapers; he has also featured in BBC Two's Gardeners' World.
‘Arthur's love of living things is completely infectious’ Joanna Lumley
‘An author whose writing is as unashamedly ebullient as his dazzling displays’ Gardens Illustrated
*If you wish to make a booking with any accessibility needs, or require a carer's ticket, please contact Lindum Books directly.