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

Oh god, those numbers are going up and up and up. A return to joylessness is imminent, I fear. I must go out and do ALL the things tomorrow! #Rome #NewCases #NiceWhileItLasted

You can listen to all of our #WinterReadings to date on http://thelonelycrowd.org & also on our Soundcloud page. Featuring readings from ⁦@Bothwick_Cro⁩ ⁦@AngelaGraham8⁩ ⁦@LuluMack57⁩ ⁦@NiamhMacCabe⁩ ⁦@ElizabethBaines⁩ & more https://soundcloud.com/user-58636177

Lesvos’ petrified forest and museum are an amazing experience. Combine a visit with a writing or art holiday this summer care of @sigriartsretre1


Driving back from a walk - in the countryside. And a lunch - outside! And the sun is shining and, most unexpectedly, they are playing The Lemonheads, Mrs Robinson, on Italian radio and I am 💃🏻😎😊😊😊😎💃🏻

One year ago today I was visiting my family in the UK and my husband sent me this shot of the TV news back in Italy. 149 cases and three deaths. I didn’t pay it much attention. One week later schools closed. Kind of glad I didn’t know then what we know now

We are so thrilled to be re-publishing some of the brilliant titles from @EricaJong – starting with #HowToSaveYourOwnLife just in time for #InternationalWomensDay2021!

Celebrate the occasion by pre-ordering here: https://amzn.to/37B3HpI

Loved this quiet examination of a marriage and a place. Beautiful and absorbing. Can’t stop thinking about Ted and Rene 💔
Pub. by @LouiseWalters12

Balcony blooms #TinySignsOfHope #Flowers

Chiffchaff chiffchaff chiffchaff chiffchaff #TinySignsOfHope #birds

Thank you to @realstoryuk for publishing this piece of CNF. It took a decade before I felt able to write about it. IVF is a tricky subject, but I think it’s important to talk about these things, if you want to. It’s the story I needed to hear back then. I hope it helps others.

I know lots of people posted this already, but it really is very good. I feel inspired.

Word of Mouth - Hilary Mantel in conversation with Michael Rosen - BBC Sounds https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000s197

Wonderful, absorbing novel full of warmth, and rich with the landscape and way of life in the Gower. Loved the exploration of female relationships and social expectations, and the journey from a snowy Christmas eve to a fragrant, abundant summer. Brava, @jfraserwriter 👏👏👏👏

Thoughtful and thought provoking consideration of process by @jfraserwriter

I’m so pleased ⁦@damyhill⁩ has written this and ⁦@guardian⁩ has published it. A sensible, informed, calm, and constructive voice in the debate about grammar ⁦@NATEfeed⁩ ⁦@Team_English1⁩ https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/feb/08/parents-child-grammar-home-schooling

Anticipating a dull #ValentinesDay this year? Not on Speed Dating with Agora's watch!

Go on six mini-dates (in the form of a FREE first chapter!), and if you like what you see, take them out this weekend for just 99p/¢!

Meet each of your dates here: https://dl.bookfunnel.com/fqor2ba7gj

Need a book date for this weekend? Some ones here to thrill, entertain and keep you company. Including, umm, mine. It’s beginning to feel a bit real!

Lost my Uncle Frank to Covid today. An architect, designer, yoga guru &, most of all, total rock n roll. Thinking how there was this perfect jigsaw puzzle of the past, of family, of our collective life, but slowly the pieces are going missing.

Great thread about exams, and especially how moderation in the past was such an important part of CPD, and what it was that ruined all of that. Thank you for writing, Barbara