Ashridge white deer inspires children’s book

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A WHITE deer spotted in Ashridge is the star of the latest book from a children’s author.

Sue Hampton, 54, of Lincoln Court, Berkhamsted, was inspired to write The Judas Deer after seeing a white deer on the National Trust land last year.

She said: “It felt magical and otherworldly and a great privilege.”

Sue previously taught at St Mary’s First School in Northchurch and Victoria First School in Berkhamsted, but gave it up to become a full-time author.

White deer are often referred to as Judas Deer because they make the whole herd more visible to poachers.

Sue has launched a competition for schoolchildren to win copies of her books, signed posters and bookmarks.

To take part, write a poem of up to 12 lines about a white deer or draw, paint or make a model of one.

Write your name, age and school on the back of your submission and send it to 14 Lincoln Court, Berkhamsted, Herts HP4 3EN.

Sue will sign copies of her books and present prizes to the winners at The Kings Arms in Berkhamsted High Street on Monday, July 11. Find out more at