Arendse Lund is an award-winning author whose fiction and poetry has appeared in The Fabulist, The Asahi Shimbun, Audeamus, and the UCL Publishers’ Prize, among others. Her short story, "The Toll Bridge," won the 2021 Staunch Prize for horror writing. Her world building has been called “vividly imagined and genuinely creepy,” which is the highest praise she can imagine. In 2015, she served as the Writer-in-Residence at Elsewhere.
Her journal articles and translations have appeared in international publications, including Scandinavica: An International Journal of Scandinavian Studies, Alchemy: Journal of Translation, and the volume Law and Literature in Early Medieval England. She earned her doctorate researching medieval manuscripts and the law at University College London. She specializes in the overlap between law and literature throughout the Middle Ages, especially England and Scandinavia. She has taught classes and guest lectured at University College London, NYU, and the Arnamagnæan Institute.
In 2019, she was awarded the Association of British Science Writers’ top award for her work on Researchers in Museums.
She also curated an exhibition at Lambeth Palace Library, “Writing the Law: Lambeth’s Legal Manuscript Collection,” which ran from June-September, 2019. She currently serves as a founding member of the Victoria & Albert Museum’s Membership Advisory Group.
Her experience working with medieval manuscripts, and in museums, continues to give her inspiration for her short stories while simultaneously solidifying her belief that truth is (often) stranger than fiction. She is currently working on her first novel.