I’m a writer, translator and cultural historian.

I work on ancient literature, especially the Babylonian epics. But my interests range widely, from the oldest known poems to the latest pop culture.


My book on Gilgamesh, which includes a new English translation, has been described as “a dazzling work of scholarship” and “a fresh and vital translation.”

I also translated Gilgamesh into Danish; it was lauded by reviewers as “one of those miracles that makes life worth living.” 


The other great passion of my work is Enheduana, the world’s first known author: a high priestess who lived more than 4,000 years ago.

In March 2023, I published a book about Enheduana, including an English translation of her collected poems and an introduction to her world. Get it here.

Epics and time

I am a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University with a grant by the Independent Research Fund Denmark.

My project looks at how ancient epics engage with time, arguing that the epic form served as an ideal venue for poets to develop sophisticated reflections on the human experience of time.

Climate change

I played a small part in launching the hugely successful Green Student Movement, which brought climate change to the fore of Danish politics.

My next project will be to write a book on the movement and the secret to its success.

Talks and interviews

I am a passionate storyteller. I have given presentations on all the topics mentioned above and many more.

Click here for a sample my previous talks and details on how to book me for your local library, bookshop or cultural event.

Essays and articles

You can find all my published writings here, including summaries, links, and downloadable copies.

They span a wide range of topics, from a skit by Jon Stewart to the uncertainty of death.