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BIO

I am a nonfiction writer and freelance journalist, based in Copenhagen, Denmark.

  • On a regular basis, I write for various Danish newspapers and magazines.

  • I write books, mainly within the historical nonfiction genre.

  • As an external lecturer, I teach writing classes at DIS Study Abroad.

  • I do talks and city walks and host a history podcast.

Basically, I work with storytelling from many different angles.

My latest book is out about the Spanish flu in 1918 and what happened when the terrible pandemic hit Denmark. A hundred years ago, this deadly disease swept the world and became one of the worst disasters in human history. The pandemic known as the Spanish flu infected around half a billion people worldwide and more than 50 million people lost their lives in 1918-1919.

For years, I have been digging in archives and combing old newspapers to gather material for his book. Through eyewitness accounts the book captures the fear and sorrow caused by the pandemic. Hospitals were full of patients battling the disease, and coffins with the deceased had to be stacked up in chapels. In trams, theatres, and other public spaces fear and caution reigned.

In former documentary books, I have explored the story of the famous Swimming Girls of the 1930’s, Denmark’s first real sports stars, and I have written about English football in a cultural-historical Scandinavian context. 

As an external lecturer at DIS – a Danish Study Abroad Program – I teach Travel Writing to American college students in Copenhagen. 

As a freelance journalist, I primarily work in the field of reportage and long-form journalism. Among others, I write for one of Denmark’s leading newspapers Politiken

Contact: tommyheisz@gmail.com