Dorte Futtrup – Danish storyteller

Listening to a great story is like watching with your ears!

Why do we tell stories?
In the first place we want to get an overview of our own personal world. By telling stories we are able to draw the different fragments of our lives together, thus creating cohesion, meaning and a sense of belonging.

Storytellers are the bearers of a people’s cultural heritage, who by telling stories expand and add to this heritage, thus creating for the listeners a understanding of their own lives.

What kind of stories do I tell?

My repertoire includes:

  • Myths, legends and tales from Denmark, Faroe Islands, Greenland and the other Nordic countries;
  • European legends and folklore;
  • Storytelling based on novels and short stories by Karen Blixen, H.C. Andersen, Göran Tunström, Selma Lagerlöf, Jan Kjærstad, John Steinbeck, Michael Ende and other writers;
  • Composer of my own stories including stories about Danish writers, artists, amazing businessmen and “Viva la Vida” – a story about Frida Kahlo

My stories are for persons of all age groups and from all walks of life and my storytelling venues range from libraries, schools, and universities to companies, conferences and trade union organisations.

Courses and storytelling

Storytelling has become a tool for working with the identity, values and image of organisations.
I lecture in the art of the narrative in relation to helping senior executives create innovative strategies for their companies.
I run courses and workshops in the art and craft of storytelling.

The author of five books

Snotnæsen / The Snotty Nose
Told by Dorte Futtrup. Illustrated by Kamilla Wichmann.
Turbineforlaget, 2014. ISBN: 978-87-7141-657-2

Hullet i himlen / The Gap in the Sky (after a Greenlandic Myth).
Told by Dorte Futtrup. Illustrated by Lilian Brøgger. – Høst & Søns Forlag, 2011.
ISBN: 978-87-638-1836-0
(supported by Danish Arts Council)
Read more in English

Thora og Regnar Lodbrog
Told by Dorte Futtrup. Illustrated by Ursula Seeberg. – Klematis, 2007.
ISBN 978-87-641-0270-3

Management by Bible – ledetråde til ledelse
Dorte Futtrup og John Rydahl. – Det Danske Bibelselskab, 2005. – 227 p.
ISBN 87-7523-541-2

Regnar Lodbrog og Kraka
Told by Dorte Futtrup. Illustrated by Ursula Seeberg. – Klematis, 2005. – 32 p.
ISBN 87-641-0007-3

… and the author to many articles about storytelling.


Enjoy […] facts and fiction, while Dorte Futtrup captures you in the universe of this amazing businessman whose particular style of management is still under discussion today.
Do not miss this unique opportunity of inspiring and entertaining storytelling – compellingly expressed in a fascinating tale about one of our “founding fathers” of the Industrial Revolution.
Lean back while enjoying the great C. F. Tietgen story in a way it has never been told before …