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

Brilliant review of a brilliant book

Was there a tv series recently with some one well known travelling around to talk to different authors about writing?

And a question for @moniackmhor - when will you release details of courses for 2022? In need of some highlands hospitality and inspiration!

Does anybody know of any decent modules of academic study in gothic lit, online distance learning? @McrWritingSchl short courses look ideal, except I think they are only IRL?

Thank you, TripFiction, for this insightful, balanced review

This is exciting!

Thanks to the lovely folks @Waterstones for making Dead Relatives their Book of the Month for Wales. https://twitter.com/DeadInkBooks/status/1443933559476166661

Just watched The Father. Not seen anything so satisfyingly, beautifully sad as that for a long time. The photography, performances, music, set. The fragmented, elided narrative. And that final speech.
‘I feel like I’m losing all my leaves.’

#FilmTwitter #TheFather

While quote of the day comes from Robert Shearman’s essay in this stimulating, brilliant book on crafting strange fiction.
“The short story… small moments writ large that suggest the ache of entire lifetimes.”
Just that.
#amreading #amwriting

Don’t think I ever mentioned how much I enjoyed this. Unexpectedly compelling. I think it would make an excellent audiobook, @saltpublishing @nicholasroyle #whitespines #amreading

Run away to the circus with this dazzling historical fiction debut! #APeacockDanced 🎪🐍

Read @Bothwick_Cro's In the Mirror, a Peacock Danced here: https://amzn.to/3v7D99p

Still full on summer heat here in Rome, but this book is definitely bringing the chills. Spooky, uncanny, abject - these tales are brilliantly told. Out in time to be your perfect Halloween read. Congratulations, Lucie! #amreading #horror

Armchair trip to Rajasthan, anyone?

An older piece but an interesting one nonetheless from BBC looking at 'The Secret Meaning of Ghost Stories'... https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20151204-the-secret-meaning-of-ghost-stories

Ghost Story of the Day - The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, courtesy of BBC Sounds! https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p07mvypf

Set against the lush backdrop of early 20th-century India, the debut novel from @Bothwick_Cro is the moving story of one woman’s journey back to herself. 🦚

Read In the Mirror, #APeacockDanced here: https://amzn.to/3v7D99p

Spooky Season cometh!

Are you stocked up with all your spooky reads? Here's a list of Dead Ink titles to keep you living deliciously throughout October.

#spookyseason #spookyreads #spookybooks

That’s a strange leaf, I thought.
Anyone identify this huge green caterpillar hanging out on my capsicum chili plants?
#caterpillar #Butterflies #moths #lepidopterology

Peacock teapot by Carol Long, US ceramicist who draws influences from plant and animal life #WomensArt

I’ve been hoping this might arrive in the post. Thank you @AgoraBooksLDN @TheyCallMePeyto @CathyHayward7 Looking forward to reading it