Every year Edinburgh marks the birthday of one of its most famous literary sons Robert Louis Stevenson, the man who gave us classic stories including Treasure Island, and Jekyll & Hyde. We celebrate his link to the city and the inspiration it gave to his writing.

Find out all about the events, the #RLSday online campaign and free book and ebook giveaways in teh section below. This page will be updated throughout the week with photos and stories, so you can watch it onfold, even if you can’t make it yourself.


Inspiring Edinburgh’s Crime Writers Today

Stevenson’s writings continue to inspire our city’s crime writers. Val Mcdermid, Lin Anderson, Mary Paulson-Ellis and Shelley Day took to #RLSDay2016 and shared their love for RLS.

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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 >

Did you attend any events?

The volunteers and organisations behind them would love to hear your feedback and suggestions. It takes only a minute to make a world of difference to them.

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Find Missing RLS Books around Town

RLS books have been kidnapped and each day one book can be find around town.
follow the story and get your clues here >

Download Your Tache and Share it on #RLSDay

Each year fans of Robert Louis Stevenson don a tache and wish each other a happy RLSday on Twitter. Get your tache right here!

download the PDF >

Inspiring Crime Authors Today

There are a lot of Scottish crime and Tartan Noir authors writing in the Scottish capital and they are using #RLSDay to remind us how Robert Louis Stevenson’s tales are still inspring their works.
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RLS Day 2016 celebrations have begun!

Monday marks the start of a week of workshops, shows, walks and talks for both the public and schools, with tickets still available for some events.

This year Edinburgh’s RLS Day 2016 event programme is focusing on the crime aspect of Robert Louis Stevenson’s writing, with juicy tales of his real life inspirations and the chance to find out more about how he keeps influencing our city and writers today. It’d be a crime to miss out…
RLS Day 2016 Event Programme >
RLS Day 2016 Event Programme for families >

School events almost booked up

Schools can enjoy an interactive workshop, exploring Stevenson’s work through storytelling, and the amazing Kidnapped: When Kilts Were Banned has some special free performances during the week for primary school classes. There are still limited places available, so it’s not too late to join in the fun! Just email the City of Literature Trust to find out what’s still available.

School Programme and teacher resources >

RLS Day 2016 programme unveiled

RLS Day 2016 will mark Robert Louis Stevenson’s 2016 birthday with a week-long series of events ranging from walks and talks around hidden Edinburgh, exhibitions, dramatisations, academic lectures and public readings from his works (including one silent one).

Check the programme or download the programme >




In the Footsteps of RLS

Join Colinton Community Conservation Trust for a free 1.5 hour guided walk in Colinton, exploring the Stevenson Poetry Trail.
Colinton Poetry Trail, meet at the Triangle Garden Belvedere on Woodhall Road – Free, booking essential.




RLS Day was originally a small commemoration of the author’s birthday on the 13th November, and is now a week-long programme of exciting events. We’re looking forward to welcoming academics, families, walkers, writers and readers to enjoy this year’s celebration, which will be focused on the theme of Crime.

As a man who invented the two-faced Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, no one tells tales of dark and dastardly deeds better than Robert Louis Stevenson. From Ian Rankin to Arthur Conan Doyle, generations of Edinburgh authors have since been inspired by Stevenson’s tales. Not only that, but 2016 sees the 130th anniversary of the publication of Kidnapped, based on the Appin Murder.

No matter how much you know about RLS, grab your magnifying glass and dig deeper into the criminally inspiring work of Stevenson. From revealing hidden treasures, to a night of live literary talent, RLS Day 2016 offers another whole week of fun.



National and local organisations have come together to create downloadable 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.



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, treasure hunts, crafts and theatre for the whole family. You can find them all in the Family Event Listing.