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’ll be publishing a book about Enheduana, including an English translation of her collected poems and an introduction to her world. Preorder it here.
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.