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In Conversation with Professor Lucy Easthope: UK’s leading disaster planner

July 14 @ 7:00 pm


Join us for an evening in conversation with Professor Lucy Easthope, world-leading authority on recovering from disaster.

About this event

Professor Lucy Easthope lives with disaster every day. When a plane crashes, a bomb explodes, a city floods or a pandemic begins, she’s the one they call.

Lucy has been at the centre of the most seismic events of the last few decades, advising on everything from the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami to the 7/7 bombings, the Christchurch earthquake in New Zealand, the Grenfell fire and the Covid-19 pandemic. In every catastrophe, Lucy is there to pick up the pieces and prepare for the next one. She holds governments to account, helps communities rally together, returns personal possessions to families, and holds the hands of the survivors.

In her moving Sunday Times bestselling memoir “When The Dust Settles Stories of Love, Loss and Hope from an Expert in Disaster”, Lucy reveals what happens in the aftermath of a disaster and explores how we pick up and rebuild with strength and perseverance. She takes us behind the police tape to scenes of destruction and chaos, introducing us to victims and their families, but also to the government briefing rooms and bunkers, where confusion and stale biscuits can reign supreme. Telling her own personal story, Lucy looks back at a life spent on the edges of disaster, from a Liverpudlian childhood steeped in the Hillsborough tragedy to the many losses and loves of her career.

Lucy’s book will be available for purchase and signing at the event.

The Athenaeum’s Dining Room is taking pre-bookings for dinner following the talk. This requires a separate booking and information will be sent with your confirmation email.


Members of The Athenaeum can book now through the Members’ Area or through reception. Non-Members are asked to book via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/in-conversation-with-professor-lucy-easthope-uks-leading-disaster-planner-tickets-367623500787 

This event is organised by The Exchange – public conversations about the important issues of our age. We encourage debate and the sharing of opinions and experiences in a welcoming and respectful environment. It is our belief that through the ongoing exchange of ideas we can achieve a greater knowledge and understanding, and that this benefits both the individual and society as a whole.


July 14
7:00 pm
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The Athenaeum Liverpool
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