I'M Svend-Erik Engh

A Danish Storyteller and Author based in Edinburgh, Scotland.

I have been a professional storyteller for more than 30 years.

I have been a published author in English for one month (November 2023!)

I am a father of three wonderful people

I am married to Alice

I do walking tours of Edinburgh Old Town

I do workshops and masterclasses for beginners, intermediate and experienced storytellers

Photo, Alice Fernbank

A collection of tales that grew out of the sprawling flatlands, the oozing fjords, the dark forests and the waves that crash on the shores of Denmark.

How a Viking ship carried a future king into Roskilde Fjord, how a mermaid’s laughter brought fortunes to her fisherman host, how the people of Lolland survived a flood with waves 3m high and how a princess found her freedom in becoming a prince.

Once Upon a Time There Was a War

5 star review in QR

One of the last events of this year’s Scottish International Storytelling Festival, Once Upon a Time There was a War, brought a touch of magical realism to the topic of conflict. Indeed trying to approach ‘war’ directly is usually a losing proposition, the all-encompasing awfulness of the subject defying definition. So in taking a slightly oblique approach, combining the potent talents of Danish storytellerSvend-Erik Engh, award-winning trad musician Mairi Campbell, and Danish live-illustrator Tea Bendix, the show chooses wisely.

A well judged, well balanced show, Once Upon a Time There Was a War, made a lively, poignant and nuanced meditation.

Once Upon a Time There Was a War
Commissioned by Scottish International Storytelling Festival 2023

Right To Be Human

The harsh reality of war meets the magic of love songs and art, as Danish storyteller Svend-Erik Engh shares stories from real-life soldiers gathered in a decade of research, whilst musician Mairi Campbell sings songs of peace and love, from the canon of Scottish traditional song and her own writings. Danish artist Tea Bendix illustrates words and music, bringing another dimension to the stories.

What is happening in 2024?

Gullrun's saga -

She Built a Boat

TV 2 Danmark

Filmen Åge takker af om min fars sidste arbejdsdag, vist TV2 Danmark 1991.

Walk the Oars 

Together with Scottish Musician Neil Sutcliffe we tell a story inspired by the Viking’s arrival in Scotland, with traditional Nordic tales and Gaelic and Scots songs woven into the narrative.

You are invited onboard a Viking Longship sailing from Jutland in Denmark to Shetland in Scotland. A young man sets off to finish his fathers work: to build a causeway out to Law Ting Holm and share his culture with the Shetlanders.

I knew it was going to be good, but I didn’t know it was going to be this good

– Lorna Shields

Walk the Oars is a treasure, an ancient oasis of delight in the sea of the modern world. The whole thing is engaging and exciting, and rekindles a semi-lost fire of storytelling

Imogen Rowe, edinburghguide.com


VVV - Venligt Vibrerende Vekselvirkning

Venligt Vibrerende Vekselvirkning (V.V.V) handler udelukkende om historiefortælling og var et begreb, som jeg stillede op engang i 1990'erne, da jeg underviste på Borup's Højskole. Jeg skrev det på tavlen som en modsætning til w.w.w., som voksede voldsomt på det tidspunkt. Jeg har siden skrevet flere artikler om begrebet og det er for mig det nærmeste jeg kan komme en beskrivelse af det magiske, der opstår mellem en fortæller og en lytter (eller flere lyttere!).