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.

Gilgamesh

My translation of Gilgamesh into Danish was lauded by reviewers as “one of those miracles that makes life worth living.” 

My English translation of the same epic will appear with Yale University Press in October 2021, and is available for pre-order now.

Enheduana

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.

I’m currently working on a new book about Enheduana, including an English translation of her collected poems.

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.


Philology

Starting in 2021, I will be a postdoctoral fellow at Freie Universität Berlin and Oxford University.

The project, which is financed by the Carlsberg Foundation, explores the poetics of philology and its translatability.

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.