Watford Borough Council is working with up and coming local author Andrea Michael and local group Watford Writers to bring back the successful One Town One Book initiative for a second year.

Published: 16 March 2021


As part of the Watford Together campaign, which focuses on connecting the people of Watford through arts, culture and heritage during the pandemic and beyond, One Town One Book was first launched in 2020 to resounding applause.

Now in its second year, local author Andrea Michael’s powerful and uplifting The Book of Us has been chosen as the subject for town-wide book clubs.  It’s an emotional novel of friendship, love and the family you choose.

The 13-time published author is also trained in using writing for therapy and as an extra boon for the initiative will be holding a number of free writing therapy workshops for Watford residents.

Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor said “One Town One Book is a great initiative to bring back. It is incredibly easy to get involved in, simply purchase or borrow the book and make it your spring-time read. We have a whole host of activities planned for everyone to enjoy, including book clubs and writing workshops with author Andrea Michael. The book is also a great opportunity for residents to kick off their own virtual book clubs and find a new way of connecting with others.”

Andrea Michael added: “I’ve lived in Watford for the last seven years. I now do technically live in Bushey but only just! But I still consider myself a Watford girl and am overjoyed that my book has been chosen to be part of this wonderful initiative.”

The book “is about how friendships can impact your life, how even after years apart, betrayals and hurt feelings, there are some people you’d do anything for. It’s about shared histories and making sure you get the endings you deserve, on your own terms – all themes which really resonate with how we are all feeling at the moment.”

The council is encouraging people to take part by reading the book and joining one of the book club events in April. As part of the initiative, Watford Writers and the council will be running writing for wellness workshops.  Further details are on the Watford Together website: www.watfordtogether.co.uk/

More details of the events planned and how people can get involved will be released in the coming weeks but for now, get reading!

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