Robert Louis Stevenson is one of Edinburgh’s best-known, and best-loved literary sons. Every year the adventurer and author is celebrated on 13th November, his original birthday*, with a series of events highlighting his life and work. This year the RLS Club is continuing the tradition, and is inviting organisations to get involved and add their own contribution to the programme.
Walks and talks are already programmed, including a guided walk from Hawes Inn in South Queensferry, which featured in the classic Kidnapped. Neil Adam and Judy Turner will be presenting a special RLS Day performance of Sing Me a Song, which sets Stevenson’s words to music, performed in his home at 17 Heriot Row.
There are now even more events added to RLS Day 2018, including Edinburgh Gothic, a free event from the University of Edinburgh, with talks exploring the Gothic Horror of Stevenson and other related authors.
For more information about the programme, including a history of RLS Day, please visit: https://rlsday.wordpress.com.
*The story of RLS’s birthday is an adorable snapshot of his personality. When living in Samoa, Louis discovered the daughter of young Annie Ide had a birthday on 25th December, and was unhappy to be sharing the festivities with Christmas. He gifted her his birthday as he discovered “I have now no further use for a birthday of any description.” The birthday has passed down through Annie’s ancestors
Read his letter to Annie here: http://www.lettersofnote.com/2012/06/i-have-now-no-further-use-for-birthday.html
In 2015, Leonie Finn – whose family currently inherited the birthday – was guest of honour for RLS Day 2015. See images of her visit here: http://www.cityofliterature.com/rlsday-2015/features/rlsday-2015-as-it-unfolds/