About Kate


kate bailwardKate Bailward (aka Katja) is a cat-loving, trifle-hating Englishwoman in Sicily.

Before becoming an EFL teacher in 2009, she spent 10 years working as an actor. This fuelled her love of storytelling, and started her on the road to narrative writing.  Since 2004 she has had various different blog incarnations, all previous versions of which have now been deleted for being embarrassingly bad.  She hopes to do better with this one.


Other writing:

Kate is one sixth of the Italy Blogging Roundtable team, who write monthly themed posts about different aspects of life in Italy. She also writes (infrequently!) about food at her cookery blog, Quasi Siciliana, but is more often to be found taking pictures of it and anything else that takes her fancy on Instagram.

In the press:

If you’d like to get in touch with Kate to discuss freelance work, or with specific questions or comments, you can do so via the contact page. She’s always happy to chat, provided she hasn’t been distracted by Nutella or a neighbourhood cat, and will reply to all genuine emails.


5 Responses to About Kate

  1. Tess says:

    Ciao Kate (aka Katja)!

    Where do you live in Southern Italy? I used to live in Lecce for three years. I miss it so very much. Are you still teaching English? I have just found your blog on Facebook and am so enjoying reading it!
    Look forward to hearing back from you~

  2. Katja says:

    Hi Tess

    Nice to ‘meet’ you! I lived in the Salento last year, so I know and love the Lecce area. However, nowadays I’m in the toe, rather than the heel, which has thrown up lots of new challenges and wonderful things. I’m so glad that you’re enjoying reading the blog – if you go back to the beginning you may well find that there are stories about places (or even people!) that you recognise, having been local. What took you to Lecce? Are you an English teacher as well, or did you fall in love with a Salentino? It’s usually either one or the other! ;)

  3. Sam Howell says:


    It’s nice to find a blogger who is in a relatively similar position to my own. In the next 6 months to a year I intend to move to Sicily (hopefully Syracuse) to TEFL in one of the language schools.

    If this is something you have experience in and some suggestions about, I would greatly appreciate anything you could offer.



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  5. Hi Kate! I’ve been reading your blog for a little while now and wanted to drop in and say that I nominated you for the Creative Blogger Award! Cheers

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