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#RLSDay 2012: Robert Louis Stevenson Day

Date Posted:

(26 October 2012)


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Robert Louis Stevenson Day
13 November 2012

Robert Louis Stevenson Day (RLSDay) will be roundly celebrated on 13th November, his birthday. Get involved in the series of events and Stevenson inspired shenanigans popping up across the city and online by wearing velvet and donning a ‘tache in his honour or becoming part of a Stevenson flashmob. What better ways are there to celebrate the life and writings of the man who brought us Treasure Island?


Take Part in Town

All Day from 10.00 - Treasure at the Gallery

While away the day listening to a continuous reading of Treasure Island in the beautiful Scottish National Portrait Gallery. Readers will include actors Nigel Planer and John Sessions, members Robert Louis Stevenson Club and their friends, and a couple of scurvy crew from the Long John Silver Trust in Bristol.


All Day - Photo Project

Help ASLS celebrate by snapping some Stevensonia type photos and posting them on their Facebook page throughout the day as part of the Photo Project. Or, have a read of their RLS-dedicated edition of The Bottle Imp, including a free downloadable e-book edition of Stevenson's Fables, perfect reading material for the big day. 

13.00 - Tachemob Flashmob

Don your best whiskers, brush down your velvet jacket and join our merry RLSDay Tachemob Flashmob.

15.00 - Velveteen Cad

Discover what he was really like as a student of the University of Edinburgh, in The Velveteen Cad and Other Tales of Robert Louis Stevenson's youth: Robert Louis Stevenson at the University of Edinburgh

16.00 - Cream Tarts, Tea and Talk

Walk the closes and cobbles that he walked and see Edinburgh through his eyes. Devour facts, tea and cream cakes at a fascinating look at Louis, Libbelism and the Land of Bohemia.

19.00 - Ill-Chartered and Unlightened Seas

Learn more about his photo-literary tour of Polynesia and Micronesia in Ill-Charted and Unlighted Seas at the City Arts Centre.

19.00 - An Eve with John Sessions & Nigel Planer

And why not catch John Sessions and Nigel Planer talking about their lifelong fascination of the man? Attend the #RLSDay finale at the fabulous Robert Louis Stevenson Evening with John Sessions and Nigel Planer, an excellent evening event brought to you by Edinburgh Napier University’s Centre for Literature and Writing (CLAW), in partnership with the Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust.     


Take Part Online

Share your favourite Stevenson facts with us on Facebook and Twitter #RLSDay, and open a book, read a story and raise a glass to RLS, wherever you find yourself.

When the day roles around, keep in touch with us online and keep your eyes on our website for further details on all this activity.


Getting to Know Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Edinburgh in 1850. And though he lived most of his adult life elsewhere, and died in Samoa in 1894, he remains one of Edinburgh’s favourite sons. A law graduate of the University of Edinburgh, he chose not to follow his famous lighthouse engineer father into the trade.

He became instead a man of letters – of essays, novels, poetry, stories – his most famous work, Treasure Island, has never been out of print. As a letter writer, a practical joker, a moustache wearer, a whisky man, his words and his life continue to inspire and excite folk today, in Edinburgh and far beyond.

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