Dealing with Disaster

Saturday 14 May 2022
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
The Forum
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Professor Lucy Easthope is the UK’s leading disaster recovery authority. Her book When the Dust Settles is the gripping story of a life spent inside major disasters from Hillsborough and 9/11 to Grenfell and Covid. Anna Kent has delivered babies in war zones across the world and Frontline Midwife shares her extraordinary experiences as a nurse, midwife and mother. They talk to Claire Armitstead, The Guardian journalist and editor about life, loss and hope.

Professor Lucy Easthope is the country’s leading authority on recovering from disaster. For over two decades she has challenged others to think differently about what comes next, after tragic events. She is a passionate and thought-provoking voice in an area that few know about: emergency planning. However in the time of the Covid-19 pandemic, her work has become decidedly more mainstream. Alongside advising both the Prime Minister’s Office and many other government departments and charities during the pandemic, she has found time to reflect on a life in disaster. She is known globally for her work and holds research positions in the UK and New Zealand. Lucy is a Professor in Practice of Risk and Hazard at the University of Durham and Fellow in Mass Fatalities and Pandemics at the Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath.

Anna Kent is a NHS nurse/midwife and humanitarian aid worker. It has taken her ten years to write Frontline Midwife, the story of women in crisis, seen through the eyes of a remarkable midwife: ‘My own suffering, my own loneliness, was a fair price to pay for the lives we’d saved. And now here I am, training to be a midwife, so that next time I can make it better.’ Anna has delivered babies in war zones, caring for vulnerable women in the most precarious places in the world. At just 26, not yet a fully-trained midwife, she delivered a baby in a tropical storm by the light of a headtorch. By the following year, she was responsible for the female health of 30,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

Website: Lucy Easthope
Twitter: @LucyGoBag / @AnnaLouiseKent