RLS Day 2015 was the biggest-ever celebration of Stevenson in Edinburgh. RLS Day events took place in Edinburgh from Monday 9 to Sunday 15 November 2015, with the majority happening on RLSDay itself (Fri 13 November).

Family events and school events were listed on their own page.

The large icons on the left indicate the type of event (walks, talks, exhibitions, film screenings, performances, readings, birthday tea parties and crafts). The small icons on the right indicate what theme the event has (stage and screen, hidden RLS and pirates).

 

 

 

4-5pm

Stevenson on the Screen and Beyond

Join Edinburgh University students and staff for three short talks exploring Stevenson’s literary creations on the screen and beyond.
University of Edinburgh, 50 George Square, Room 1.06 – free, no booking necessary.
full details >

 

7pm

RLS-Themed Hush Hour

Hush Hour in November will be joining in the RLS Day celebrations with a special one-off RLS-themed Hush Hour. So bring an RLS book, sip a cocktail and bask in RLS joy.
Lucky Liquor Co., 39A Queen Street – free, no booking necessary.
full details >

 

7.30pm

Pirates Ahoy!

A pirates-in-film themed pub quiz, followed by a screening of Disney’s cult classic RLS inspired space animated epic Treasure Planet.
Teviot Row House on Bristo Place – £3, get your tickets at the door of the Teviot Study.
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6-9pm

The Body Snatcher:
RLS at the Anatomical Museum

 

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For one night only, Edinburgh University’s Anatomical Museum opens its doors to the public to explore the connections between its collections and Stevenson’s work, from The Body Snatcher to Jekyll and Hyde.
Anatomical Museum, Teviot Place – free, no booking necessary.
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11am and 2pm [BOTH SESSIONS ARE NOW SOLD OUT]

The Lighthouse Stevensons in Leith

Explore Trinity House, Leith’s hidden treasure, and its maritime collections before finding out about the Stevenson family connections with the sea in a fascinating one-off event.
Trinity House in Leith – free. [BOTH SESSIONS ARE NOW SOLD OUT]
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12noon-2pm

New Town, Old Tales: RLS Walking Tour

Join professional tour guide Colin Brown to explore the New Town and Water of Leith and the life and times of Robert Louis Stevenson, uncovering the light and dark sides of Edinburgh and its writers. These tours are also on offer for secondary schools at the reduced price of £5 per pupil. Please contact Colin to arrange a date and time to suit your school.
Meet at West Register House, Charlotte Square – £10/ £9, booking essential – call 0131 553 7473.
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7.30pm

The Laird of Samoa

This dramatic performance takes you on a pilgrimage through the life of Robert Louis Stevenson, from his childhood in Edinburgh to maturity in America and the South Sea islands. Starring John Shedden as RLS and produced and directed by Mark Taylor.
Scottish Storytelling Centre – £11/£6, call 0131 556 9579 or book online.
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7-9pm

Café Voices: Stevenson Stories

Join storytellers Fergus McNicol and Claire McNicol for an evening of Robert Louis Stevenson stories.
Scottish Storytelling Centre – £5, call 0131 556 9579 or book online
full details >.

 

 

 

 

11am

Stevenson and H. G. Wells’
The Island of Doctor Moreau

Professor Linda Dryden from Edinburgh Napier University talks about RLS and his influence on other writers, in particular H. G. Wells’ The Island of Doctor Moreau.
Central Library, George IV Bridge – free, booking essential – call 0131 242 8100 or book online.
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11am-6pm

From an Original Idea by RLS

Drop by for a taster of a Stevenson story, read by members and friends of the RLS Club. You can enjoy classic Stevenson books in the theatre of the mind before seeing what the movie-makers did with the story.
Scottish Storytelling Centre – free, no booking required – dip into a scene or two or stay all day – visit the website.
full details >

 

12noon-2pm

New Town, Old Tales: RLS Walking Tour

Join professional tour guide Colin Brown to explore the New Town and Water of Leith and the life and times of Robert Louis Stevenson, uncovering the light and dark sides of Edinburgh and its writers. These tours are also on offer for secondary schools at the reduced price of £5 per pupil. Please contact Colin to arrange a date and time to suit your school.
Meet at West Register House, Charlotte Square – £10/ £9, booking essential – call 0131 553 7473.
full details >

 

1pm and 2pm

A Mighty Bloodless Substitute

The award-winning Edinburgh Living History group will entertain you with dramatised readings from RLS’s works.
Writers’ Museum – free – drop in, no need to book.
full details >

 

2pm

Stevenson on Screen:
Scotland’s Gift to Hollywood

Join Andrew Martin, Curator at the National Library of Scotland as he explores the Alan Brecks, Jekylls and Hydes and Long John Silvers of vintage cinema.
National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge – free, booking essential – visit nls.uk/events
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3pm

The Devil Inside: Translating The Bottle Imp into an Opera

As part of RLS Day, librettist Louise Welsh and composer Stuart MacRae discuss their collaboration on their new opera The Devil Inside based on Stevenson’s The Bottle Imp, ahead of its world premiere in January.
The Sanctuary of St Augustine’s Church, George IV Bridge – free, no booking necessary
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3pm

Tea at Heriot Row

Enjoy afternoon tea at the Edinburgh home of RLS, where Jeremy Hodges lifts the curtain on Stevenson’s formative dramatic experiences – Skelt’s Juvenile Drama and his amateur performances in the Jenkin Theatricals.
17 Heriot Row – £16.55 – book online.
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6pm

Stevenson on Stage and Screen

 

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Actor, writer and RLS Day Patron, Nigel Planer chairs a debate on the challenge of staging Stevenson for cinema, theatre and television with screenwriter Charlie Fletcher and The Snowman composer Howard Blake. The evening includes a special screening of Howard Blake’s short animated film ‘The Land of Counterpane’.
The Faculty of Advocates, Parliament House – £7, booking essential – napier.ac.uk/events to book.
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8-9pm

An Evening with Robert Louis Stevenson

It’s 1886 and Robert Louis Stevenson is in the Hawes Inn looking for peace and quiet to write. But the noise from building works outside forces him to escape to the bar, where he ends up giving an impromptu recital of his latest novel. Starring John Shedden as RLS.

 

 

 

1pm and 2pm

A Mighty Bloodless Substitute

The award-winning Edinburgh Living History group will entertain you with dramatised readings from RLS’s works.
Writers’ Museum – free – drop in, no need to book.
full details >

 

5-6.30pm and 8-9.30pm

Stevenson at the Speculative Society

 

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Go behind the scenes at the Speculative Society for a rare candle-lit evening of wonder and wit in celebration of one of the Society’s most famous members, Robert Louis Stevenson.

 

2pm and 7pm

Kidnapped: When Kilts were Banned

Discover the essential Stevenson classic novel Kidnapped, brought to life in Donald Smith’s gutsy, exhilarating adaptation.
Scottish Storytelling Centre – £8/£6, booking essential – call 0131 556 9579 or book online.
full details >

 

 

 

7.30pm, doors open 7pm

Edinburgh Gothic

A night of gothica from the Edinburgh Short Film Festival featuring a special screening of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde (1920) alongside a creepy selection of Edinburgh-shot gothic shorts.

 

 

 

Monday 9 – Saturday 14 November

‘From Colinton to California’ Exhibitions

Between 9 – 14 November visit Sighthill and Ratho libraries to see their ‘From Colinton to California’ Stevenson displays, featuring books set in the places mentioned in the new Robert Louis Stevenson
cultural route.
Sighthill Library – Mon, Wed 1pm-8pm | Tue, Fri 10-5pm | Closed Thu | Sat 10-2pm — Ratho Library – Mon, Wed 1pm-8pm | Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat 10-5pm – full details > — free, no booking necessary. – full details >

 

Wednesday 11 – Monday 16 November

Stevenson on Stage and Screen Mini-Exhibition

Between 11 – 16 November in the foyer of the National Library of Scotland there will be a small, varied display of materials from the archives relating to film versions of Stevenson’s work.
National Library for Scotland, George IV Bridge – free, no booking necessary.
full details >

 

 

With so many Robert Louis Stevenson stories that still inspire the young and young at heart, Robert Louis Stevenson Day would not be complete without stories, pirate tea parties, treasure hunts, puppetry, crafts and theatre for the whole family. You can find them all in the Family Event Listing.
 

 

National and local organisations have come together to create downloadable “RLS on Stage and Screen” education packages 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. Full details in our RLSDay School Programme section.