Don’t forget, we would love to hear how your school is celebrating RLS Day 2016. Use #rlsday on social media, or drop us an email with thoughts, ideas or photos. Have fun!

Robert Louis Stevenson (RLS) is a world famous writer and Edinburgh lad, born and bred. The birthday of the author of Jekyll & Hyde, Treasure Island and Kidnapped  falls on 13 November and is locally celebrated in our City of Literature with a week long programme under the RLS Day banner. This is the Schools section for RLS Day 2016.

There are many ways to involve your class with RLS Day, from attending events to classroom discussion. Here we hope you’ll find all you need to help bring Stevenson to life for your students, but if you’d like any further help or information then please get in touch. You can find teacher packs, downloads, bookable events (a theatre production, workshops and author visits) and the annual competition details.

The focus for 2016 is on primary pupils, but you can find some resources which will be of interest to S1-4 students too, whether they’re coming to RLS for the first time or starting to think about Treasure Island in a more academic way. There is also a link to last year’s popular Scots language section.


We’d like to remind you that the competition and the bookable school events are available to Edinburgh schools and those within the EH postcode area only. Places are limited and mostly free. And highly popular, so avoid disappointment and book early.


Schools competition winner announced

Alexander from Victoria Primary managed to win the RLS Day Unbirthday Tea Party (with cake!) for his P4+5. His story ‘On the Run’was judged as the best entry by the RLS Day judges. The party took place in his class during the week of RLS Day 2016, under the watchful eye of his proud teacher, Ms Campbell.

Story and tea party photos >

RLS Day 2016 Schools Programme & Resource launch

RLS Day for Schools is underway! Find a whole host of resources, events and competitions for RLS Day 2016 on the theme of Crime. Edinburgh schools are invited to sign up for workshops and events on offer and our annual RLS Day competition has also launched.

Read more >





The schools events and competitions are being run in the build-up to the 13th November, the day that Stevenson was born in 1891. However, like all good stories, there’s a twist. Stevenson gave away his birthday to Annie Ide, the daughter of a land commissioner in Samoa, as she was born on Christmas Day and felt like she didn’t have her own special day. His birthday has been handed down the family line since then, and is marked by Annie’s descendants to this date.

Here in Edinburgh we also like to mark the occasion in honour of Stevenson’s life and adventures, and the stories that keep inspiring people across the globe. That his actual birthday was donated to a small girl many years ago makes it an even more precious day to honour ‘the Teller of Tales’.