‘You and I’ by Featured Poet: Alicia Hayden


Poem ‘You and I’ and drawing ‘Bumblebee’ by Alicia Hayden, Rain before Rainbows 2020


I am an award-winning poet and artist from North Yorkshire, with a degree in Biology from Oxford University, and a love of wildlife and the natural world.

I think it is important to use creative writing and the arts to showcase the beauty of nature, and why we need to protect it; and this inspired me to create and self-publish my first, illustrated wildlife poetry book “Rain before Rainbows” in 2020, of which 50% of profits go to the wildlife hospital Tiggywinkles. 

My poem “Leopard” won WWF’s My True Nature under 18s poetry competition in 2011, and my poem “Vulnerable to Extinction” won Prickles & Paws’ poetry competition of the same name in 2021. I was awarded the inaugural Ingrid Beazley Award for winning the Human Impact category in David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation’s Wildlife Artist of the Year 2021, for my piece “When the Whale Sang”, which accompanies my poem “The Whale’s Song”. 


Website: https://aliciahaydenwildlifephotography.zenfolio.com/ 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aliciahaydenwildlife/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aliciahaydenwildlife 

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNn7n53grSoMi7cK68_58JQ 

Ko-Fi (buy me a coffee): https://ko-fi.com/aliciahayden 


Link/s to book sales:

Shop: https://aliciahaydenshop.bigcartel.com/ 

Books are also available to buy through The Little Ripon Bookshop, Ripon (UK): https://www.littleriponbookshop.co.uk/ 

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