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Bente Clod
(1946 - living) Denmark

Bente Clod

Poet

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Born into a broad-minded, left-wing family in Copenhagen. After leaving school in her mid-teens, Clod worked in vaious odd jobs before returning to school, where in 1973 she met a young married woman called Jeannette with whom she fell in love and had a ten-year relationship.

This coincided with the period when Clod was extensively engaged in the women's and lesbian movements in Denmark, and when she became established as one of the most important Scandinavian lesbian writers of that time.

Together with several other women she founded Kvindetryk (Women's Press) in 1978. In 1979 Clod also attended the Danish Film School, and began writing for stage and for screen. She continues to be a key figure in the Danish lesbian movement.

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Her work include:

  • Det autoriserede danske samleje (The Authorized Danish Sexual Intercourse, 1975)
  • Brud (Breaks/Bride, 1977)
  • Syv sind (In Two Minds, 1980)
  • Vent til du hórer mig le' (Wait till You Hear Me Laugh, 1983)
  • Imellem os (Between Us, 1981)
  • Gul engel (Yellow Angel, 1990)
Source: excerpts from: Gabriele Griffin, Who's Who in Lesbian and Gay and Writing, Routledge, London, 2002
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