Celebrating Canterbury’s daughter, Aphra Behn
The Canterbury’s Aphra Behn project is launching a year of celebration and events in honour of the first professional woman writer in English and forgotten daughter of Canterbury, Aphra Behn.
Canterbury Christ Church University is excited to host the UK’s national festival of humanities as the South East Festival Hub next month, with a series of free public events exploring the theme of Women Making Sense.
The Being Human Festival is the UK’s national festival of the humanities, celebrating what it means to be human, from literature to music to archaeology. It is led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, with generous support from Research England, in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy.
Every year the Festival brings together universities, museums, galleries, creative organisations, and community groups across the UK to run hundreds of free public engagement activities which showcase humanities research in ways that are accessible to the public.
Canterbury Christ Church University is delighted to be the Festival Hub for the South East this November, showcasing the expertise and research within the University through a series of free creative and dynamic events for children and adults to enjoy.
This year’s theme is ‘Women Making Sense’, and the free events are inspired by the work of women writers such as Mary Shelley, Aphra Behn, and Sophie Kirtley. The programme will bring women’s literature to life through all five senses, with walks and talks, graphic novel and poetry workshops, and a Victorian cookery class.
This year's Being Human Festival will take place between 9-18 November, and the University will be hosting events in Canterbury, Margate, Ramsgate and New Romney.
The programme’s highlights include:
The full programme can be found here.
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