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A s for Aphra

June 11, 2021

A is for Aphra is the campaign for a statue in Canterbury to Aphra Benn, writer and spy, notoriuosly cut out of literary history, despite being a groundbreaker in writing. Virginia Woolf famously said, in A Room of One’s Own (1929) that, ‘All women together ought to let flowers fall upon the tomb of Aphra Behn, which is, most scandalously but rather appropriately, in Westminster Abbey, for it was she who earned them the right to speak their minds. It is she, shady and amorous as she was, who makes it not quite fantastic for me to say to you tonight: earn five hundred a year by your wits.’

"she claimed equal rights with men; she was a phenomenon never before seen, and, when seen, furiously resented.’

Hear more about her on BBC Radio 4 Front Row  - https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000wsfz - click on 17.05 minutes into the interview to hear Charlotte Cornel from the campaign. 

https://www.aisforaphra.org/about-aphra