Anna Walkden (R), 18, has illustrated a new charity children’s story book about the local landmark ‘Pepperpot’. The book has been written as part of a Heritage Lottery Fund and Yorkshire Dales National Park Sustainability Fund project to rebuild and share the history of this iconic building.

The story weaves together different versions of the story told in folklore – from a cow getting stuck in the building the 1950s to its use as an isolation house for the daughter of a local landowner who contracted Tuberculosis.

Anna studies A Level Graphics, Business Studies and Theatre Studies. She said: “ My interest in how pictures portray stories began during a volunteer placement at Sandgate School in Kendal, for children with additional support needs.  

I sought inspiration from the art of Litchenstein and the varied photography of the Magnum website. I read the story written by the School Archivist Katy de la Rivière and decided to use silhouettes. Thanks to Emily MacMillan (R) for working with me as a model for these images.”

Anna enjoys being creative and hopes to use this in a career in Events Management. Doing her time at Sedbergh School Anna has been involved with fundraising for Medic Malawi to sponsor Linly Symon, a young woman undertaking a Public Health degree at Livingstonia University.

Anna is in regular contact with Linly and felt it would be appropriate to use the book to raise money for Linly’s education. The books will be available from Sedbergh School shop for a suggested donation of £5.

If you would like to support the fundraising for Linly Symon in Malawi, and are interested in reading the story book, it is available to order online at

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