CLHG Talk - Stevyn Colgan - The Skeptical Bobby

PLEASE NOTE, THIS IS NOT AT OUR USUAL CONWAY HALL VENUE

How to introduce this amazing man? After leaving school Stevyn gained places at both art and catering colleges, he turned them down and instead accepted a drunken £50 bet with his homicide detective father that he could survive six months as a police officer. He consequently joined the Metropolitan Police Service in London in February 1980 and stayed for 30 years.

Stevyn Colgan's talk 'Skeptical Bobby' received this review by Prof Richard Dawkins

'Superb talk at QEDCon by Stevyn Colgan. Intelligent and humane'

The BHA said, 'Stevyn Colgan was fantastic! Beautiful and inspiring talk'

With respect to Stevyn's book Joined-Up Thinking  Stephen Fry said, 'I found myself fascinated and somewhat dizzy. Most impressive'

Quite simply he comes highly recommended and we strongly suggest you do not miss his talk.


Door at 6.30 pm for talk at 7.00 p.m.


Please arrive early to have a glass of wine from our CLHG Charity Wine Bar find your seat and chat with other members.

Donations to the wine bar will go to Shelter Stevyn's chosen charity.


All our talks are open to the general public and free to attend but we ask those who can to make a donation of what they can afford to cover the costs of room and equipment hire and help keep our talks free to all.


Stevyn Colgan is an author, artist, songwriter, speaker and oddly‐spelled Cornishman. He is one of the ‘Elves’ that research and write the popular BBC TV series QI and co‐writes its sister show, The Museum of Curiosity, for BBC Radio 4.


He has, among other things, been a chef, a potato picker, a milkman and a police officer. 

He has written briefing notes for two Prime Ministers and TV scripts for Gerry Anderson and Doctor Who.


He’s helped build dinosaur skeletons for the Natural History Museum, movie monsters for Bruce Willis to shoot at, and was the official artist for the 2006 National Children’s Book Fair.


He has been set on fire twice, been shot at once, and has given hundreds of talks across the UK and USA on a variety of subjects from problem solving to Cornish mythology to why he believes that he wasn’t even vaguely intelligently designed.


He is a regular at festivals and events such as Skeptics in the Pub, Cornbury, Harrogate, Hay, Latitude and the Edinburgh Fringe.


He is the author of Joined‐Up Thinking (Pan Macmillan 2008), Henhwedhlow: The Clotted Cream of Cornish Folk Tales (Kowethas 2010) and Constable Colgan’s Connectoscope® (Unbound 2013).


He is currently writing a comedy crime novel and a book about art, recording an album of his own songs and developing an animated series based on Constable Colgan’s Connectoscope®.


He stops inordinately frequently for tea.

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  • David M.

    If you missed it, it was mainly about how scepticism had helped Steve, especially in his police work, to doubt ingrained wisdom and look at problems afresh and thereby come up with better ways of doing things. Lots of anecdotes and humour was thrown in to this.

    1 · September 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very interesting talk and what a great speaker. Just bought Stevyn's book and can't wait to get stuck in.

    September 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, do you know how long the talk will go on for? Thanks, Anwen

    September 18, 2013

  • Hannah

    What is the man sceptical about? is this in relation to his police work? Thanks!

    July 25, 2013

    • Steve C.

      Sorry it should say buy a drink

      September 17, 2013

    • Kieron

      I'll make damn sure I'm not impressed then Steve ;-)

      September 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had planned on attending but think I'm going down with flu again!

    September 17, 2013

  • Helen

    Hi a few of you seem to be wanting to know more about the details of Stevyn's talk all I can say is he will talk about his life and experiences of being an artist and policeman for 30 years and his talk and work are highly recommended by Richard Dawkins, Stephen Fry and the BHA. I hope that is sufficient to encourage you to attend.

    September 13, 2013

  • Serah

    needs to know the focus of the talk to know whether I want to attend or not

    September 13, 2013

  • terence f.

    sadly I shall be chairing a residents' association committee meting

    July 25, 2013

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