About My Writing

Chooks in the City
OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED by Alex Sloan, 666 ABC Canberra
Thu 21 June 2007 
Reprinted 2008

Have you ever thought about having chickens but worried it would be too hard? Or illegal? Chooks in the City will give you food for thought. Based on the author’s own experience, Chooks in the City is filled with beginner’s information and the common sense that you need, in a chatty read that feels like you’re talking to a friend. For a productive pet, you just can’t go past chickens!

ISBN 978 1 74027 414 2  © 2007  56pp incl 8pp colour photos

Available from Smiths Bookshop, Paperchain Bookstore , Ginninderra Press , Book Passion (at the Belconnen Fresh Food Markets), and the ACT Writers’ Centre.

Or you can buy the book directly, by contacting me at: writing07(at)gmail.com


“..it’s a lovely personal account by Alyson Hill but also a great guide to everything…”
Alex Sloan
666 ABC Canberra


“Spent the wee hours of Saturday morning in Calvary emergency with my 4yo. Took your book to pass the time and finished it …… with a broad smile on my dial. What a great easy read. Here’s to slowing life down a little, taking time to smell the roses and watching chook soap operas.”
A. Wigney


“..Alyson, while sitting on the back porch, nursing a cuppa and watching her chooks, muses that she doesn’t want to be a battery hen, bound and subjected to other people’s demands on her time, body, freedom and production, but a free range chook –spontaneous, raucous, engaged in the moment and completely absorbed in her work and play..”
The Duck Herder


December 2008: Shortlisted for the ACT Publishers and Writers Award

Judges comment:
Chooks in the City is an example of good things coming in small packages. It’s entertaining and sure to inspire Canberrans to take up the chicken challenge.”

Other writing by Alyson Hill


This (women’s) life. The Weekend Australian, December 2001
Alone. The Canberra Times 30/3/2002
The Professor. The Canberra Times 28/6/2003
A step ahead. The Canberra Times 28/2/2004
Joe’s Chook Runs. Australasian Poultry Vol.17 No. 5 Dec/Jan 2006/07
Buying at auction.  Australasian Poultry Vol.18 No. 5 Dec/Jan 2007/08
Urban Chickens.  Australasian Poultry Vol.19 No. 2 June/July 2008



Introduction FIRST 2003: This is writing. University of Canberra 2003
Sweet & low FIRST 2004: Tangled. University of Canberra 2004
The Stray. Reid’s Magazine Vol.1 No.1 March 2005

On the Web

Parenting Express   “Precious”

Parenting Express “Mornings with Kids”

My Child Magazine  “Mum’s The Word”

“The Sculptor’s Daughter “ 2008 Coves Historical Fiction winner

Plus, see my more serious articles at Suite 101





17 thoughts on “About My Writing

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  2. Thank you for sending me your ‘Chooks in the City’ – my lovely prize for the caption contest. I literally read it in one sitting and could not put it down. It is inspiring to read about someone living their dream and the chooks are a bonus. The book has given me some great ideas and hints about chooks which I will endeavour to follow once the new additions arrive. Thanks again Alyson.

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  7. Just finished your book Chooks in the City. Borrowed it from my local library. Just got some chooks and love them. Very valuable information and loved reading it. Now I have to try and purchase a copy as I would like one of my own.

    • Hi Helen, thankyou so much for your comment and lovely compliment – I’m always excited to hear of other people getting excited about starting their own chook adventure and I’m thrilled if I helped in any way. My email is writing07@gmail, and I can sell a book to you if you have any problems sourcing it. All the best with your chooks!

  8. Al, I have had no luck finding your book yet. It’s been on my wish list for 12 months now. Can I please oredr a copy through you (and have you write nice things to me in the front) as hubby has now decided I have made you up entirley! x 😉

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