Author will sign copies of new book

Author Sue Hampton
Author Sue Hampton

AN author says she “couldn’t be more thrilled” by children’s response to a competition marking the launch of her latest novel.

Sue Hampton received 88 entries to the challenge for schoolchildren to write a poem or create a work of art about a white deer.

Its launch in May marked the release of her novel The Judas Deer.

The children’s author was inspired to write it after seeing white deer in Ashridge. White deer are often called Judas Deer because they make the whole herd more visible to poachers.

On Monday, Sue will present competition winners and runners-up with their prizes at The Kings Arms in High Street, Berkhamsted, from 4pm to 5pm.

The entries will be displayed, and Sue will sign copies of her book. Each entrant there will receive a gift.

Sue said: “The art work is amazing.

“There are also some effective poems that capture the beauty and other-worldliness of a white deer or the idea of it being a loner, a misfit or a betrayer.

“Children are wonderfully imaginative and it’s really exciting to see what they can do given freedom to express that creativity.”