Benthe Østrup Madsen comes from a family of skilled workers, trained as an assistant nurse, and worked as a painter at the Royal Danish Porcelain Manufactory from 1971 to 1974. She made her debut in 1974 as a writer of agitational, working-class literature about sister solidarity, class struggle, and unemployment with prose poems in an anthology of working-class literature, Splinter – fra hverdagen. She later published the documentary report, Konflikt, 1977, describing a strike in the porcelain factory and subsequent dismissals. Her other publications include Håndsrækning (P), 1981, Du er ikke alene, kammerat, (D), 1982, and Bittersøde beretninger (D) in 1992.
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The above biography was first published in 1998. Since then, Benthe Østrup Madsen has written the novel Røde tråde, 1999, and the book of memoirs Spor på jord, 2008.