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FESTIVE FICTION: Woman publishes children’s book inspired by Berkhamsted community project

 Published on: 5th October 2023   |   By: Annabel Stock   |   Category: Uncategorized

A local resident who set up the Berkhamsted Advent Windows initiative has written a children’s book inspired by the project.

The community enterprise is designed to bring a little extra joy to the town over the festive period. Each evening from December 1 to 24, a Berkhamsted resident unveils a festive-themed window, which is then lit up every subsequent night until January 5. By Christmas Day, 24 windows are revealed, creating a festive wonderland.

Maps are available in November showing all the houses and their dates so families can travel around town looking at the living advent calendar.

Amy Cooper, who set up and organises the project, has now published a children’s book inspired by this initiative.

Holly Avenue is about a girl and her obsession with making contact with the curious new neighbours on her road. In order to gain their attention, Holly, armed with her trusty craft box, makes decorations for her window. Overnight, these decorations are duplicated in the window of the new neighbours, fuelling her desire to get to know them.

Amy said:

“My own three children have been my biggest supporters throughout this process and it’s been thrilling to put myself out there in my writing. I am hoping that Holly Avenue inspires children to use their imagination and understand the power of being kind and the impact it can make.”

Amy’s book can be ordered from

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