Past Meetup

CLHG Talk - Stevyn Colgan - The Skeptical Bobby



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.