A FORMER Ripon Grammar School student and wildlife enthusiast has published a book of illustrated poetry in aid of a conservation charity.

Talented writer, artist, photographer and film-maker Alicia Hayden has released Rain before Rainbows, a collection of illustrated poems written over the past ten years.

The 21-year-old, who left RGS in 2018, and is now in her third year studying biological sciences at the University of Oxford, also makes short wildlife films based on her local walks.

She said: “These poems are about wildlife and the natural world, its beauty and its fragility - and why it's essential we protect it."

One recent film, featuring a wood mouse, was broadcast on Chris Packham and Megan McCubbin's Self Isolating Bird Club on YouTube.

Alicia said: “That was really exciting. They said some lovely things about it too, which was very encouraging."

Alicia, from Leyburn, is donating half of all profits from the book to the Tiggywinkles charity.