Justine Bothwick

Justine Bothwick


Justine Bothwick grew up in Kent and Hampshire, and studied in London. In 2005, she moved to Italy and now teaches English in an international secondary school in Rome. She is married to a Roman architect. Together they have a flat in the city with a small balcony on which she grows her ever expanding collection of plants and watches the local birdlife.

Justine is a graduate of the Manchester Writing School’s Creative Writing MA programme and has short stories published in Fictive DreamVirtual ZineConfingo Magazine, and forthcoming in The Lonely Crowd, and with Nightjar Press.

In the Mirror, a Peacock Danced is her debut novel.

Justine Bothwick @Bothwick_Cro

A massive fire on the north-west outskirts of Rome sends ashes raining down on the city centre.

There are fires in at least 3 areas of Rome right now, although not in our neighbourhood. From the balcony there’s an overwhelming smell of burning in the air, and this cloud of smoke obscuring the sun.
#ClimateCrisis #watercrisis #Italy #rome #heatwave #Incendio #caldo

Forecast from 27th May and today. It’s been like this for over a month now. This isn’t normal, people.
#ClimateCrisis #watercrisis #ClimateEmergency #Roma #Italy #caldo #siccità #drought

North Rome now. I guess Nero must be playing his fiddle
#ClimateCrisis #watercrisis #Italy #Rome #incendio #caldo

#TalkingLocationWith... @Bothwick_Cro
Author of "In the Mirror, A Peacock Danced" 🦚
"..It was my grandmother’s story that had inspired both my book and our visit to #Rajasthan.."

Sunshine read! Buy issue 17 of Confingo Magazine now from our online shop!📚Poems @England_TJ @heymrsfrancis @SarahTFergusson📚Prose @Bothwick_Cro @isobelgostling @brianhowell61 @LiviMichael @ElizabethStott1📚Review @johnsaulauthor📚Artwork Olivia Boileau. https://www.confingopublishing.uk/product-page/confingo-17

These wild boar come down from the hill behind the apartment to scavenge. Glad there’s a fence! #tuscany #Italy #cinghiali

Excellent article on the fundamental and wonderful “messiness” of teaching and learning English

@tes Deeply depressing to see this shoddily written report, skewed by prejudices & ideology rather than a thorough, rigorous review of research. So much signif research in English is ignored while strongly contested or discredited research is presented as certainty & fact. Shocking!

Lovely stroll through la pineta, back from the beach
#tuscany #italy

Launched this competition two weeks ago; there’s been a huge response 😊 with almost 100 submissions; many of amazing quality. There’s still a week left to run; so please do enter if you wish. https://twitter.com/marcussedgwick/status/1525148531132080128

Friends, in publishing circles, this is known as a “ticket to ride”


I would get in while you still can… https://twitter.com/marcussedgwick/status/1525148531132080128

NEW IN! Buy issue 17 of Confingo Magazine now from our online shop! 📚Poems @England_TJ @heymrsfrancis @SarahTFergusson 📚 Prose @Bothwick_Cro @isobelgostling @brianhowell61 @LiviMichael @ElizabethStott1 📚 Review @johnsaulauthor 📚 Artwork Olivia Boileau. https://www.confingopublishing.uk/product-page/confingo-17

Well, this is a real privilege, to be published by the excellent Confingo. And on my birthday too!

“These reforms, imposed by Michael Gove against expert advice, may have contributed to the shocking finding that, of the 72 nations in which the life satisfaction of 15-year-olds was assessed, the UK came 69th.”

Proud that I was one of those experts. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/apr/27/england-exam-system-children-mental-health

Sitting on the balcony after work. There’s another layer of sound. The swifts are here.
#swifts #rome #birds

Shiny rivers and lakes, and yellow and sheeps