About

I grew up in Kent and Hampshire before studying English Literature and American Studies at university in London.

After graduating I became a committed portfolio careerist, working as an aerobics instructor, secondary school teacher, Sir James Dyson’s press relations manager and editor for two design industry magazines – although not always all at the same time.

In 2005, having exhausted the majority of work possibilities in the UK, I moved to Italy to add teacher of English as a foreign language to my repertoire. I am currently Head of Drama in an international school.

I have been a keen ornithologist and naturalist since I was a precocious 6-year old armed with my first encyclopedia of birds. In 2010 I married a Roman architect and we have a flat in the city with a small balcony on which to grow my ever expanding collection of plants, which is also home to a gang of sparrows who keep me company while I write.

In the meantime, Rome is beautiful but frustrating; glorious but chaotic. I’m learning to appreciate the details; to see the natural world that still survives and even thrives in the city around me. And when I feel like staying in then, as the saying goes, “a book is like a garden carried in the pocket.” A myriad other places to discover and explore through the written word.

I am currently studying for an MA in Creative Writing. RIPTIDE, set in Cornwall’s surfing community – where romance and friendships turn out to have a darker side, is my first novel.

@Bothwick_Cro

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