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Just a Drop names speakers for third annual lecture

A best-selling author and award-winning historians have been lined up to speak at the third annual lecture run by international water charity Just a Drop.

Novelist Sarah Dunant and historians Bettany Hughes and Suzannah Lipscomb will discuss ‘Secret Lives Exposed: If Walls Could Talk’.

The evening at the Royal Geographical Society on March 1, 2018, will provide an opportunity to discover history’s hidden stories

The talk will be followed by an audience Q&A led by BBC Hardtalk presenter Stephen Sackur, a Just a Drop patron.

Proceeds from the evening will support Just a Drop’s safe water and sanitation projects.

Dunant’s recent novels, including Blood and Beauty and In the Company of the Courtesan, are set within the Italian Renaissance. They have become international bestsellers, translated into thirty languages.

Historian, author and broadcaster Professor Bettany Hughes has written books on Helen of Troy and Socrates.

Dr Suzannah Lipscomb is reader in early modern history at the University of Roehampton and has presented historical documentaries for the BBC, ITV, Channel 5, and National Geographic Channel.

Next year’s lecture follows on from 2017’s ‘Danger, Deadlines & Frontlines: a Glimpse into the Lives of Foreign Correspondents’, featuring journalists Jeremy Bowen, of the BBC and Christina Lamb from the Sunday Times; and 2016’s lecture, ‘Life Behind the Lens’ with wildlife producers Patrick Morris and Huw Cordey.

Just A drop founder and chairman Fiona Jeffery OBE said: “I’m delighted that Just a Drop is able to host such a prestigious event at the Royal Geographical Society for the third year running.

“I’m thrilled that Sarah, Bettany and Suzannah will be joining us in 2018 to reveal the secrets of history’s hidden lives – I’m sure we’re in for an exciting and illuminating evening.

“Funds raised from the lecture will support Just a Drop to continue to transform lives through the provision of safe water and sanitation.”

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