The Catalyst Club is a unique monthly Brighton event that pays tribute to the old traditions of French Salon, debating societies and Gentleman's Clubs.


On the night three guest speakers take to the lectern to talk for fifteen minutes on a subject close to their heart.


Some of these previous lecture titles will give you a flavour of the evening:

Bees - Emergence Theory - Hitler's Moustache - Victorian Lantern Shows - Cunnillingus - The Exciting World of Slime Mould - Giant Squid - The Dawn of Civilisation.

2014

July

Donald Clark: Oculus Rift
Jim Burke: Demonology for Dummies
Richard Robinson: My Manager and other Animals

June

Jen Dawes: James Tiptree Jnr
Simon Clare: History of Speakers’ Corner
Henry Ward : Men and Games

May

Festival Special at the Spiegeltent:
Graham Duff, Jim Waring, Tim Lott, Daisy Campbell, John Higgs, George Egg, Tilly Gregory, Dr Bramwell, Jonathan Pearce,

April

Jacob Funnell: Philip Larkin
David Lockie: Word Press
Mick Taylor : Positive Money

March

Dr Bramwell: the Biggest Tongue in Tunisia
David Jones: Green Politics and Yoga
Andy Riley : Roundabout Camping

February

David Robinson: Nazis in Space
Tony Gill: Ulysses
Sue Bradley : Yogi Bare

January

Alistair Goode: Big Willies
Donald Clarke: My Life with the Stasi
Robert Stovold : The Ontological Argument for God
Dave Suit : 80 Ways to Tie a Tie
Vera Zakharov: Worms

2013

December
Jude Claybourne: Gratitude
Chris Hare: Hilaire Belloc
Dave Waller: Seinfeld

November
Lynne Murphy: Dictionary abuse
James Burt: Howl
Karen Willbridge: Working with the disabled

October
Simon Clare: Atheism
Ken McKriell: The Rise and fall of Athenian Democracy
Rachel Blackman: The moon

September
John Higgs: Robert Anton Wilson
Yap: Asbergers
Charlotte Ellis: the terrible knitters of Dent

July
Chumbawumba special
with Boff and Dunstan

June
Bill Randall: On being the mayor
Kate Genevieve: 3D art
Sarah Pickthall…Translating the Quaran

May Festival Special
Robert Llewellyn: Utopias
Julie Burchill: Judaism
David Bramwell: Damanhur
John Mitchinson: Big Animals

May
Dave Waller: Hip-hop lyrics
Mick Taylor: Sharing
Lee Gerald Barlow: Mesmerism

April
Dan Hume: Brian Eno
Ivan Kotcher: Freemasons
Stella Knight: How to dress men

March
Ken Macriel: The World of the Iliad
Sarah Angliss: Uncanny Valley
Mick Taylor: Positive money

January
John Halpern: Cryptic Crosswords
Dave Waller: Hip-hop
Kev Burns: Spirit animals

2012

December:
David Bramwell: American Astronaut
Stella Starr: the films of Jeff Keen
Andy Riley: London Destroyed

November
Dan Hume: The moon landing conspiracy
Paul Tofts: Action for Happiness
Richard Robinson: The Problem With Omniscience

October
Alastair Herbert: In praise of Jargan
Jane Ringe: Beyond DFS
Matt Rudkin: Flow Theory

September
Karen Willsbridge: The search for a lost relative
Darren Vinyl: Tales from the Vinyl Vault
Nina Rajani: Papua New Guinea

July
Ken MacKriell: the legendary Greek city-state of Sparta
Joe Gill: Cognitive Dissonance and 9/11.
Nick Sayers: Spherical sculptures

June Japanese Festival

Tim Pilcher: King of Manga
Jonathan Swain: Japanese Art Movement of the 60s
Cara Courage & Jim Stevenson : Living in the Megacity

June

Barbara Moore: Moore’s Memories
Ulysses Black: Padstow Festival
Anil Seth : Consciousness Studies

April Oxford

Jon Spira: Filming Music
Miranda Ward: Writing about Music
Graham Jones : Independent Record Shops

April

Cath Newell: Autism
Mathew Clayton: Apple Tree
Erica : LIfe Project

March

Ian Powell: Freeman Movement
Donald Clarke: Arab Spring Uprising
Sarah Angliss : Protect and Survive Monthly

February Oxford

David Bramwell: Postal Mischief
Richard Burnett: The Alchemy of Gin
Holly Gromazio : Games

February

Tim Pilcher: Getting Your Man the Comic Book Way
Jess Eaton: Roadkill Couture
Julie Coultis : Disgust

Brighton Science Festival : Catastrophe, Hedgehogs & Custard

January

Dr Belinda Kemp: the Science of Wine
Andy Spector: Smell
Jacob Funnel : Bartitsu, a very English Martial Art

2011

December

Kate Genevieve Luna: 3D Art
Matthew Jefferies: Bad Poetry
Matt Rudkin : Evolutionary Psychology and Me

November

Yvonne Luna: ECT, My Shocking Journey
Dr Bramwell: Postal Mischief
James Burt : Psychogeography

October

Betty Mulcahy: A Life of Poetry
Richard Robinson: History of the Universe in 13 mins
Simon Wilkinson : The 3.1% ers

September

Lynne Murphy: The Politeness of the Brits?
Andy Spector: Meteor Hunter
Benita : Sharing

July

Alistair Goode: The Suffragette Movement
David Osbourne: The Rise and Fall of Civil Rights
Matthew De Abaithua: The Art of Camping

June

Alison Boston: The anti-prohibitionist Vicar
Carl Oprey: Tax relief for Heterosexuals
Adriano Fettucini and British Heart: Boylesque

May

Hayley Campbell and Tim Pilcher: Comic Book Special
Matthew De Abaithua: The Art of Camping
Daisy Campbell & Michael Coveney: Ken Campbell Night
Jamie McCartney: The Perfect Vagina
Sarah Angliss and Colin Uttley: Spooky Special
Kathleen Kotcher: The Hilton Sisters

April

Tom Hume: Generative Art
Tim Pilcher: Why reunions are a bad idea
Ros Barber: Evolve Yourself

March

Brighton Science Festival

February

Paul Levy: Is originality possible?
Colin Uttley: Corsairville, an odd sort of town
Eric Page: A search for the perfect Creme Brulee

January

Rose Collis: You couldn’t make it up about Brighton
Lynne Murphy: How Americans saved the English language
Will Cotrell: Renewable Energy Sources

2010

December

Ivan Kirby: The films of Herman Cohen
Charlie Bauer Phd: Do I Look Gay?
Ian Powell: Being Naked

November

Anji & Mark: Bear Safety!
Kate Cavanagh: Computer plays therapist
Darren Laine: the vinyl solution

October

Matt Pope: A Users Guide for the 21st century apeman
Josh French: Lucid Dreaming
Reverend Rohan K: Doxithanotology – the statistical study of martyrdom

September

Colin Uttley: Charles Lightoller
Richard and Bacon: Ants and bees!
Jake Spicer: following a line

July

Dave Patchett: the origins of Christianity
Chris: The West Pier
Sarah Angliss: Bitterns got talent!

June

Vicky Melody: the demographic of a pigeon fancier and Northern Soul
Ewan Kirkland: Silent Hill
Henry Butler: a tandem ride across the Alps with a bag full of English wine!

April

Paul Zenon: Houdini, the wizard in Oz
Caroline Cowley: the tale of a Glaswegian fishing trawler
Ric Morris: 3 unsung heroes from LBGT history

March

Dave Randall: Is human nature an obstacle to a better world?
Julie Coultis: Gesture and Language
Jinpa: Feng Shui

February

Tim Pilcher: comics
Dave Goodall: Lorca
John Ashton: My life with Britain’s biggest mass murderer

January

Jonathan Gilhooley: Comedy in Art
James: How to Escape from a 2ndWW POW camp
Will Cottrell: the Case for Direct Action

2009

December

Lorraine Bowen: Sequined Safari
David Flack: Undersea cabling and secrets of the internet
Sarah Angliss: Edison’s wax cylinder recorder

November

Carrie Reichart: the revolution will be ceramicised
Rachel Blackman: Shark attacks!
Carina Westling: English language and soft furnishings

October

David Bramwell: No News is Good News
Rosie Carrick: Love Poetry
Ivan Kirby: Captain Birdseye in the Nude

September

Harry Witchell: Psychobiology
Adrian Bunting: 18th century theatre
Richard Robinson: 50 years of Murphy

August: summer holiday

July

Christian Brazier: My death row penpal
Tim and Sue: Pecha Kucha
Dan Hume: Heroes of Science

June

Stig and Jon G: The colour conundrum
Dave Mounfield: Swearing
Angie: Rare diseases and hypochondria

April

George Birtwell: Three Men in a Float
Brian Mitchell: Sex and Classical Music
Katy Schutte: Einstein

March

David Bramwell: Oxford
Ross Gurney Randall: The Battle of Britain Myth and me
Suzanne Rolfe: Care of the Dead

February

Ken Campbell tribute:

Showing of Antic Visionary documentary and Q&A with director Sheridan Thayer

January

Cath Teesdale : 9/11 the new Pearl Harbour?
Si:
LeWinter, The Morality of Capitalism
Vince:
The Book of Job

2008


December

Colleen Slater: Images that have inspired me
John Ashton:
Oswald LeWinter, the most remarkable man I know
Chris Hare:
Humour of the Sussex Landscape

November

Gavin Pretor-Pinney: Clouds
Rohan Kriwakzek: the history of the Funerary Violin

October

Angie: the Literature of Love
George Dillon: the man who was William Shakespeare
Jerry Rolf: the joy of Moths

September:

Adrian Bunting: The Joy Of Mortality
David Bramwell: A Tribute To Ken Campbell
Richard Robinson: Hadron Colliders, Cern And The Big Bang

August: Annual Summer Holiday To Skegness

July:

4th Birthday Party Special!
Rachel Blackman: Improv Comedy
Ty Jeffries: The Divine Feud
Pete Fijalkowski: Things I Have Found In Books

June

Ladies Night Special!
Lady Polly G: Dragon Boat Racing
Lady Julie Coultas: Emotional Intelligence
Madame Frankie Chalet: French Performer

May

Imogen Ryall: The Music Of Ray Noble
Jon Gilhooley: Magic And Art

April

Richard Robinson: Emergence Theory
Tim Pilcher: Ecstasy Culture And Creativity
Alistair Goode: Thinking And Behaviour

March

Jerry Rulf: Bees
Dave Mounfield: The Cathar Conspiracy
Guy Picot: Three Four Time In Music

February: Science Festival Special

January

Pete Styles: Anti-Road Movement 1993-96
Lorraine Bowen: My Favourite Organs
Paul Linnet: From Pong To Pac-Man, A History Of Computer Games

2007


December

Richard Robinson: One, Two, A Lot
Tim Bick: Canned Meat Products
Brian Joseph: The Philosophy Of Detachment And Christmas Shopping

November

Cinecity Special

Tom Hickmore: Censorship In Film
Brian Mcclave: 3d Films Of The Sun And Aurora Borealis
Mark Keeble: Life And Films Of Roman Polanski

October

Jon Nicol: Joseph Campbell
Chris Roberts: Strange Tales
Atters: Victorian Lantern Shows

September

Chris: Cunnillingus
Tony Gill: Hitler’s Moustache
Julian Venables: Astrology And How It Continues To Amaze Me
Ross Gurney-Randall: Pierrepoint The Hangman

July

Sally Kettle: Sailing The Atlantic With Your Mum
Stilly: Animation Stories
Alex: Tesla

June

Alistair Goode: Hypnosis
David Bramwell: Tuesday Lobsang Rampa
Blythe: Robots And Ethics
Mark Bennet: Showcasing The Geo Prim

May

Tom Hodgkinson: How To Be Free

May

Kevin Burns: Why We All Have A Novel In Us (And What To Do About It)
Richard Robinson: Why The One You Love Never Loves You
David Bramwell: Utopia

April

Ken Campbell: Hyphenator

April

Jason Hook: Elvis
Yap: Primitive Mind-Sets
Pete Styles: Richard Dawkins

March

Brian Mitchell: Percy Grainger
Hugh Jones: The Naming Of Names
Kathryn Rabson: Sherlock Holmes

Science Festival Special 18-22nd February

Sarah Forbes-Robertson: The Sonic Hedgehog Gene
Paul Levy: The Collusion Of Mediocrity
Rob Lambkin-Williams: Viruses
Jonathan: Hare Hollywood Science
Piers Bizony: Fifty Years Of The Space Race
Dan Parkinson (RSPB): The Great Crested Grebe

January

David Bramwell: Utopia
Ross Gurney-Randall: Rugby
Mark Keeble: Penguin Books

2006


November

Dave Mounfield: The Novels Of Iain M Banks
Dee Piercy: The History Of Sex Toys
Gerry Thompson: Comedy As A Means Of Self-Development And Improvement

October

Toby Amies: An Inspired Monologue On The Art Of Photography
Oz Mansions: David Icke
Ben Naylor: Armadillos

September

Kay Walton: Aboriginal Art
Paul Levy: The Collusion Of Mediocrity
David Cuthbertson: Science And Poetry

July

Catalyst Club Special, In Collaboration With Brighton’s Celebration Of Age Festival: An Evening With Dora Bryan: Letitcia

July

Dr Robert: Psychological Shenanigans
Sue Popper: Marmite
Fake Bush: Kate Bush

June

Rob Brandt: 1958
Paul Zenon: How To Have Fun With Airport Security
Nick Mcmasters: Black’s Encyclopaedia

May

Erin Parks: Pee Wee Herman
George Dillon: Hamlet Schmamlet!
Pete Styles: The World’s Best Journalists
Sarah Lewis: Rocks Magazine

April

Tim Pilcher: Men’s Mags Of The 1950s
Eminemilou: The Suicide Song” (Gloomy Sunday)
Robert Stovold: Ethics

March

Jonathan Swaine:: Japanese Performance Artists In 70s
Si Mitchell: Gardstein And The Flame Gang Of 1910
Bill Smith: History Of Brighton Magazines
Guy Venables: A Study Of The Changing Face Of Bad Taste In Comedy”

One-Off Special At Dr Bramwell’s House: 
Brian Mitchell The Life Of Haydn

February

Science Festival Special, Featuring:

Anna Dumitriu: The Story Of My Grandfather’s Search To Extract Gold From Seawater.
Steve Stark: Science And Art
Rspb Officer Dan Parkinson: Seagulls
Richard Robinson: The Exciting World Of Slime Mould

January

Kathryn Rabson: The Moomins
Adrian Bunting: Big Bang Bunkum, Debukning Quantum Theory
Neil: Scooby Doo

2005


December

Andy Roseman: Rubbish Records Of The 1950s
Steve Stark: Gerald Manley Hopkins
Mike Godden: Stories Of The Universe

November

David Bramwell: Damanhur
Woody: Travelogue From Sri Lanka

October

Ben Nayler: Hp Lovecraft
Nick Pynn: A Violinists Tales
Tim Pilcher: World Comics

September

Catalyst Special With Comedian/ Director Ken Campbell

July

Gabriel Lee: Zombies And The Zombie Movie
Dave Mounfield: My Life As A Lookylikey
Paul Levy: Exorcism In Social Situations

June

Brian Mitchell: Violence And Classical Music
Rob Bressall: A Talk From The Brighton Diving Group
Val Mellors: Anosmia (Having No Sense Of Smell)

May

Richard Robinson: Murphy’s Law
Guy Venables: Tin Tin
Ross Gurney-Randall: Goering

April

Paul Hughes Barlow: Sex, Lies And Tarot
Pete Styles: Contemporary Satire
Dave Mounfield: Why We Should All Go To Church

March

Steve Morley: Tabla Drums
Reverend J Tapsell: The Stanford Prison Experiment
Pete Fijalkowski: Roger Moore, Tony Curtis, My Brother & Me

February

Sally Kettle: Salt Couture – Style On The High Seas
Robin Manuell: The Search For Intelligent Life
Mike Godden: The Universe As A Living Organism

January

Neil: Janice Joplin
Tom Hickmore: Alfred Hitchcock
Andy Roseman: Fifties B Movies

2004


December

Eliza Skeltorn: Naturism
Brian Mitchell: Sex And Music
Tim Bick: Urban Exploration

November

Graham Darg: The Story Of The Delorean
Tim Pilcher: Cannabis Conspiracy
Ben Naylor: Giant Squid

October

Anna Moulson: Modernist Architecture
Steve Stark: Vikings
Graham Fink: The Joy Of Ideas

September

Gerard Moorey: History Of Chewing Gum
Adrian Bunting: A Talk On Behalf Of The Secular Society
Chuck Odom: Barber Shop Quartet Singing

August

Ka: William Blake
Michael Atree: Duelling For Gentlemen
Kathryn Rabson: The Dawn Of Civilisation

July

Brian Mitchell: Author Max Beerbohm
Sam Hewitt: On Tour With Clearlake
Rob Brandt: History Of The Martini