Robert Louis Stevenson (1850—1894), novelist and poet, was born and bred in Edinburgh. He wrote some of the most famous books in the world and is one of the most well-loved and interesting authors of all time.

He wrote poems, stories and novels for children and adults, travelled all over the world, and was gifted with a vivid and lively imagination.

His best-known books are

  • Treasure Island
  • The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
  • Kidnapped


    Robert Louis Stevenson is known as RLS for short, and RLSDay is celebrated across his home city of Edinburgh every year on his birthday, 13th November, through schools and public events.

    This year’s theme is ‘RLS on Stage and Screen’.



    National and local organisations have come together to create downloadable education packs and giveaways for both primary and secondary schools that complement this year’s theme and will help you to bring RLS alive in your classrooms.

    Resource packs are free and downloadable.

    Several exciting walks, workshops and performances will be available to Edinburgh schools and pupils. Some will even come to your school. School event spaces are limited and often bookable on a first come first served basis, so do check the respective Bookable Events sections for details.



    The next Robert Louis Stevenson Day will take place on Friday 13th November, though there will be celebrations all week, from 9th—15th November, so that as many schools as possible can take part.

    There are competitions for Edinburgh primary and secondary schools with a closing date of 30th October with prize winners announced during the week of RLS celebrations.



    Event Coordinator: Edinburgh City of Literature Trust

    0131 668 3684