Aphra Behn comes to Chawton House

Chawton House

Date: 6th Jul 2022 - 6th Jul 2022
Time: 6:30pm-8pm
Price: Range from £10 Adult, £5 Student

Often hailed as the first professional woman writer, Aphra Behn was briefly a spy, before turning to her pen to provide her living. She wrote fiction, plays, poetry and translations, deftly moving between romantic, comic, erotic and satiric modes, and her characters traversed the globe from West African royal courts to Surinam plantations, the London stage to the continental nunnery. Outspoken about her literary talents, she claimed ‘I value Fame as much as if I had been born a Hero.’

In January 2022, the A is for Aphra campaign and the Canterbury Commemoration Society began the process of commissioning a statue of Aphra Behn to remember her in the city of her birth. Four of the 47 proposals have now been created as 50cm bronze maquettes, which are on tour across the UK, with one to be chosen and commissioned in Autumn 2022.

For one day only, the four Aphras, designed by Christine Charlesworth, Maurice Blik, Victoria Atkinson and Meredith Bergmann, will be on display in the Library at Chawton House alongside rare editions of Behn’s works from the Chawton House collection.

In the evening, enjoy a drink in the Courtyard before joining us in the Great Hall to find out more about the life and works of this remarkable and pioneering woman, as Deputy Director Kim Simpson talks to Behn experts Professor Elaine Hobby and Charlotte Cornell.

Aphra Behn comes to Chawton House
Chawton House, Chawton,Alton-GU34 1SJ
Starting on
July 6, 2022
Ending on
July 6, 2022
For one day only, four maquettes of Aphra Behn will be on display in the Library at Chawton House and we will be joined by Aphra Behn experts to discuss the life and works of the first professional woman writer.
Offer Price
GBP £10