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Talks, music, plays and more

Bringing a creative woman’s achievements back to life.


Canterbury’s who?

Aphra Behn, born Aphra Johnson in Harbledown, just outside Canterbury, in 1640. After her Canterbury childhood and youth, she became famous as the first professional woman writer in English.

In her own day, she was celebrated, author of

After her death, she disappeared from sight. Now, Canterbury’s Aphra Behn is working to bring her the fame she deserves, and restore her as a Daughter of Canterbury. Watch this page for our programme of events and all things Aphra.


Upcoming events

Whether it’s music, drama, walking tours, or learning about the past that you enjoy, there will be something here for you. 

Aphra Behn: Inspirational Women of Kent workshop

On the 9th of March, 10-3, there is the Aphra Behn: Inspirational Women of Kent workshop at The Beaney Museum

Aphra Behn’s The Amorous Prince

On the 23rd March, 10-4, we have the Aphra Behn's The Amorous Prince - an all day practical workshop

Centre for Kent History and Heritage celebration of Women’s History Month

Canterbury Christ Church University’s Centre for Kent History and Heritage celebration of Women’s History Month, linking Behn to other inspirational Kent women through the ages, including a celebration of contemporary women from the local community.

Statue unveiling and celebration

The Behn statue – outcome of the successful A is for Aphra campaign – with associated events.

Canterbury’s Aphra Behn exhibition

The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge (May to July 2024), incorporating Behn-related activities and outreach events.

Aphra Behn Festival

A week-long public celebration of Behn, coinciding with an international conference Aphra Behn and her Restoration at the University of Kent which will attract over 150 visitors from a dozen different countries to Canterbury. Activities include a full-scale production of Behn’s The Amorous Prince by The Canterbury Players (performances in the Anselm Space, CCCU); Behn-themed walks; a 'Curating Aphra’ event and outreach activities at The Beaney; public lectures, and a production of Behn’s The Rover by students at the King’s School.

Heritage Open Day

Heritage Open Day event at Canterbury Cathedral Archives.