I am obviously not a 17th Century playwright, poet or spy and alas not a lesbian icon, but I admire Aphra Behn’s unflinching realism and her ability to make her living in a male world.

Also, we look surprisingly alike.

I am an Englishwoman living in Scotland writing about anything that interests me.  But I don’t write about my employer or my current work.

The opinions here are my own; I revise my opinions when I find out more so I no longer hold some of the opinions expressed here

I should also warn you that I got quite sweary in some of the older posts.


Aphra Behn was the first English-woman to make her living by writing. She was a playwright, a novelist and a poet in the difficult, sexy, political world of post-Restoration London.

Aphra Behn

She was English, but married to a Dutch man who left her a widow at the age of 25 or so.  She spent some time in the Netherlands passing information to the government of Charles II, but she was never paid for her work as a spy and she returned to London.  She did not re-marry, preferring to make her own way in the world. Her writing is sufficiently erotically charged and sexually ambiguous for the Georgian and Victorian critics to declare her immoral and then ignore her. She is better known  and better respected now than at any time since her own.

26 responses to “Who

  1. I am one who is enjoying reading your jottings. Thanks for interesting reading.
    I find the NLP meta-model quite interesting and will try to employ it and keep it close at hand.

  2. Why thank you kindly. The meta model is very cool, and I enjoyed thinking about it again to write about it here. (I also enjoyed finding silly cat quotes to go with it!)

    Thanks for taking time to drop by and say nice things on my blog!


  3. Yes, I like your ways and I see 1loneranger is also here. My blog work is every day more cumbersome but I promise to read your posts and contribute as much as possible.

    Congratulations for an excellent blog.

  4. Great Blog. Wonderful thoughts and interesting presentation. Your views are as intriguing as your picture. Keep marching forever……

  5. Thank you kindly, both of you.


  6. Thanks for stopping by the church and adding your comment. I do appreciate it.

    Aphra was really somethin’, huh? When I saw your name it gave me a fair jilt.

  7. “A fair jilt” is one of the nicer things I’ve been called.

    I enjoyed your post. It struck me as witty and deft, a propos and amusing. But of course, Thou Shalt Not Poke Fun at the Prejudices of Others.


  8. I will try to limit my poking and jilting, but it will be tough.

    And I’m not nearly as witty as you.

  9. No! No! Don’t stop! This world needs as much poking and jilting as any of us can manage!


  10. I really like your blog too, and this page in particular was an eye-opener, I had to say that I had no idea who Aphra Behn was – I thought it was just a random name that was either your real name or just one that you had made up!

    Awesome to know all the above.

    By the way, thanks for the link! 🙂

  11. Thanks Cal. I must admit, I do hope the original Aphra Behn doesn’t mind me campaigning on behalf of the NHS like this. It’d feel very rude to steal her name and then do something she disagreed with. Still, she had her own arguments with governments who didn’t honour their promises or pay her her dues, so I hope she wouldn’t mind.


  12. just found your site and love love love it. it took me a couple of seconds, but this: ”my life is very boring, I’m an office clerk“
    is from echo beach right? martha and the muffins?
    i really love you now!

  13. Martha and the Muffins it was. And now I’m blushing. You’re not a lesbian by any chance, and if you are does that make me an icon? I live in hope, you see.

    Thanks for stopping by.


  14. well i am indeed.
    and you don’t have to be an icon for me to love you, so the pressure’s off.

  15. Woo hoo! It’s just that 17thC Aphra is a lesbian icon, and I feel that I’ve been letting the side down somewhat.



  16. well, first of all i didn’t think anyone had heard of her besides me. secondly, you’re british, so OF COURSE she’d be an icon to you, you literate lesbian you. i wonder how you look without clauses. okay. i’ll stop.

  17. Hi AB, I hope you don’t mind me linking to your blog, I’ve missed your commentaries on life from the site that is stuck in time…


  18. Oh, hello there! I’m delighted. Draw up a chair, and welcome.


  19. Oo, Aphra is a heroine of mine! So glad I found your blog, it’s wonderful!

  20. Thank you Simonne. I do feel a slight fraud having purloined her name, I do hope that she wouldn’t object.

    I’ve had an interesting time wandering through your blog too.

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting.


  21. I’m quite sure she would be thrilled!

  22. It is good that you have uncovered a forgotten female writer!! History is so biased, isn’t it? — by men (or women when the time comes) deciding what is right to cover or what not. I wa snot biased in this later stament, I try not to be.

    I will come back.

  23. May good luck and good fortune go with you in your quest.


  24. Excellent blog, Aphra – and I think the lady herself would be delighted with your implied tribute in taking her name as a pseudonym.

  25. Thank you Minniebeaniste for your kind words.

    And my apologies for neglecting my blog so much for so long.

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