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Hello you lovely people.

My name is Stevyn. Yes, it's a silly spelling of Stephen but it does at least get me some unique hits on Google. 

I'm an author, artist and speaker. And, for the past 11 years I was one of the 'elves' that research and write the multi award-winning BBC TV show QI. I was also part of the writing team that won the Rose D'Or for its sister show on BBC Radio 4 - The Museum of Curiosity. Ah, but media is a fickle business and being a freelance writer is even fickler (?). And now I find myself at the age of 56 with eight books in print, a ninth on the way, and an urge to write a great many more ... but no day job. And, I'm sad to say, trying to find a day job when you're over 55 and have no degrees or other qualifications, is tough. 

It's a lean tme for authors and it's getting leaner every year. When you read that the top 5% cent of writers earn close to half of all the income received by professional authors and that the median income for professional writers is just £10,432 (less than the minimum wage) you realise that things have become pretty grim (Source:ALCS).

Therefore I'm opening this Patreon account in the hope that you splendid, handsome and gorgeous creatures - have I told you just how good you look today? - might see your way to sparing me a few pennies to keep me writing. 

So if you like what I do, please consider a small donation.

Oh, and here are some lovely things that people have said about my books (and talks) in the past:

‘I found myself fascinated and somewhat dizzy. Most impressive’ – Stephen Fry

‘Dizzily intriguing’
– The Bookseller

‘A book that nails that odd, slightly unnerving feeling that everything really is connected’
– John Mitchinson, co-author of QI: The Book of General Ignorance.

‘Quite simply the best way to spend time when not shopping, sleeping or preparing food’
– Tony Hawks (author of Around Ireland with a Fridge)

‘This is not a stocking filler – this is a real book. Buy several copies and keep one’ –
Daily Telegraph

'Only the British can mix humour and homicide so charmingly. The perfect tonic if you need a pick-me-up. Just add gin.' – Sandi Toksvig

‘The book’s packed with great info, from the derivation of the phrase ‘letting the cat out of the bag’ to the name for the thin bits of a cricket bail. Spigots, since you ask’
– Mark Mason (author of The Importance of being Trivial)

‘If you’ve ever looked at the Eiffel Tower and wondered how it’s related to Dracula, then Stevyn Colgan is your man. It’s trivia porn’
– London Lite

‘He connects each piece of his puzzle in a concise, chatty, easy to follow, even logical, manner. Colgan has the knack of making it all sound intensely fascinating’ –
New Zealand Herald

‘We need more writers like Stevyn Colgan! Why Did the Policeman Cross the Road? is a model of smart storytelling, cunning insight, and pure inspiration.’ - Stephen J Dubner, Co-author Freakonomics, Superfreakonomics, Think Like A freak and When To Rob A Bank.

‘Superb talk at QEDCon by Stevyn Colgan. Intelligent and humane’ – Prof Richard Dawkins.

‘I've found a new genius. Amazing speaker, fantastic stories’
– Ayd Instone, Eldamar Ltd.

‘Stevyn Colgan was fantastic! Beautiful and inspiring talk’
– British Humanist Asociation.

‘Stevyn Colgan is one of life's great story weavers’
– Sarah Findlater, Assistant Head Teacher, Riddlesdown Collegate

His talk was brilliant. So much common sense’ – Simon Raymonde, Bella Union and ex-Cocteau Twins.




Hello you lovely people.

My name is Stevyn. Yes, it's a silly spelling of Stephen but it does at least get me some unique hits on Google. 

I'm an author, artist and speaker. And, for the past 11 years I was one of the 'elves' that research and write the multi award-winning BBC TV show QI. I was also part of the writing team that won the Rose D'Or for its sister show on BBC Radio 4 - The Museum of Curiosity. Ah, but media is a fickle business and being a freelance writer is even fickler (?). And now I find myself at the age of 56 with eight books in print, a ninth on the way, and an urge to write a great many more ... but no day job. And, I'm sad to say, trying to find a day job when you're over 55 and have no degrees or other qualifications, is tough. 

It's a lean tme for authors and it's getting leaner every year. When you read that the top 5% cent of writers earn close to half of all the income received by professional authors and that the median income for professional writers is just £10,432 (less than the minimum wage) you realise that things have become pretty grim (Source:ALCS).

Therefore I'm opening this Patreon account in the hope that you splendid, handsome and gorgeous creatures - have I told you just how good you look today? - might see your way to sparing me a few pennies to keep me writing. 

So if you like what I do, please consider a small donation.

Oh, and here are some lovely things that people have said about my books (and talks) in the past:

‘I found myself fascinated and somewhat dizzy. Most impressive’ – Stephen Fry

‘Dizzily intriguing’
– The Bookseller

‘A book that nails that odd, slightly unnerving feeling that everything really is connected’
– John Mitchinson, co-author of QI: The Book of General Ignorance.

‘Quite simply the best way to spend time when not shopping, sleeping or preparing food’
– Tony Hawks (author of Around Ireland with a Fridge)

‘This is not a stocking filler – this is a real book. Buy several copies and keep one’ –
Daily Telegraph

'Only the British can mix humour and homicide so charmingly. The perfect tonic if you need a pick-me-up. Just add gin.' – Sandi Toksvig

‘The book’s packed with great info, from the derivation of the phrase ‘letting the cat out of the bag’ to the name for the thin bits of a cricket bail. Spigots, since you ask’
– Mark Mason (author of The Importance of being Trivial)

‘If you’ve ever looked at the Eiffel Tower and wondered how it’s related to Dracula, then Stevyn Colgan is your man. It’s trivia porn’
– London Lite

‘He connects each piece of his puzzle in a concise, chatty, easy to follow, even logical, manner. Colgan has the knack of making it all sound intensely fascinating’ –
New Zealand Herald

‘We need more writers like Stevyn Colgan! Why Did the Policeman Cross the Road? is a model of smart storytelling, cunning insight, and pure inspiration.’ - Stephen J Dubner, Co-author Freakonomics, Superfreakonomics, Think Like A freak and When To Rob A Bank.

‘Superb talk at QEDCon by Stevyn Colgan. Intelligent and humane’ – Prof Richard Dawkins.

‘I've found a new genius. Amazing speaker, fantastic stories’
– Ayd Instone, Eldamar Ltd.

‘Stevyn Colgan was fantastic! Beautiful and inspiring talk’
– British Humanist Asociation.

‘Stevyn Colgan is one of life's great story weavers’
– Sarah Findlater, Assistant Head Teacher, Riddlesdown Collegate

His talk was brilliant. So much common sense’ – Simon Raymonde, Bella Union and ex-Cocteau Twins.




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