In English

Born in 1969, Trine Andersen holds a master’s degree in literature from the University of Southern Denmark, 1996.

Her first book – a collection of short stories called Hotel Malheureux – was published in 1995 and won both the 1995 Debut Prize and an award from the Danish Arts Foundation. Since then she has written poetry, novels and more short stories, as well as some literature for children.

Movement, in life as in writing, is important to the author. But although she may change the genre, the topic, the tone; the difficulty of defining the truth is at the heart of her work.

In one of her novels, The Right Mind of Elinor Mark, a woman of 87 disappears without a trace from her nursing home. Is it simply a case of an old and forgetful woman getting lost, or is there more to her disappearance than meets the eye? In another novel, Complex, the reader follows three different characters, investigating the same events over and over, constantly shifting the point of view. In her latest book, the novel The Red Earth in Mzuzu, the Western cliché-image of Africa is under discussion.


“How wonderful this is! She is an angry and sensitive bitch, no doubt, but good grief, she can write a poem. To write a lasting classic as your first book of poetry, that is not something that just anyone can do. I have read the book over and over in delight.”
(Poet and critic F. P. Jac, in the daily paper Ekstra Bladet, on The New World, Trine Andersens first collection of poetry).


In 2008 Trine received the 3-year-grant from the Danish Arts Foundation.
In 2011 another of her collections of short stories – We don’t know yet – won an award from the Danish Arts Foundation.
In 2012 she was given the Authors’ Prize of Honour by the Danish Authors Association.
In March 2016 she was a Literary Arts Resident at Rockefeller Foundations’ Bellagio Centre in Italy.