Places are often limited and we know from previous years that they can fill up fast, so don’t delay booking!

 
 
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.

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.

This is the public events section. There is also a dedicated Family events overview and Edinburgh teachers can find bookable events in the RLS day 2016 Schools Programme section.

 

 

The large icons on the left indicate the type of event (walks, talks, exhibitions, performances, readings, hidden RLS and family events).

 

 

10.30am

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.

 

9.30am-6.00pm today (week-long exhibition)

Paper Tiger RLS Display

Drop in to see Paper Tiger’s displays inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson!
Paper Tiger, 53 Lothian Road & 6A/8 Stafford Street – Free, no booking necessary.

 

9.30am-8.30pm today (week-long exhibition)

Crime Illustrated: Stevenson’s Kidnapped and Jekyll & Hyde exhibition

This exhibition draws on the National Library’s extensive collections of illustrated Stevenson editions, celebrating both the 130th anniversary of Kidnapped, and various interpretations of Stevenson’s famous criminal, Mr Hyde. It features striking images from artists past and present including N.C. Wyeth, Rowland Hilder, Mervyn Peake, Barry Moser, and Cam Kennedy.
National Library of Scotland – Free, no booking necessary.

 

 

 

11.00am-5.00pm

The Appin Murder and Other Crimes


 

 
Drop-in throughout the day to experience readings by the Robert Louis Stevenson Club.

Crime will be the focus of the day, with a look at the central bad deed in Kidnapped and Stevenson’s handling of crime in various short stories, Jekyll and Hyde and his play Deacon Brodie.

Scottish Storytelling Centre – Free, more information here.

 

3.00pm-4.30pm

Objects of Crime

Drop into the university’s Centre for Research collections to see unique artefacts linked to RLS. See rare treats including a letter allegedly written in the blood of Burke and a first edition of Treasure Island.
Centre for Research Collections, Main Library of The University of Edinburgh – Free, no booking necessary.

 

3.00pm

Murder Among the Teacups


 

 
Enjoy afternoon tea and cakes at Stevenson’s home, then learn of the foul crimes committed by his one-time acquaintance Eugene Chantrelle, rapist, serial killer and prime suspect as the original Jekyll and Hyde.

Jeremy Hodges investigates.

17 Heriot Row – £16.52, book here.

 

6.00pm

Menikoff Lecture


 
Join internationally renowned Stevenson expert Professor Barry Menikoff for this unique lecture, with a focus on RLS criminal tales. In association with Edinburgh Napier University.
Central Library – £5, book here.

 

6.15pm

Dynamite and Detection

Crime and criminals abound in Stevenson’s work, from kidnappers and pirates to body-snatchers and good old-fashioned murderers. This talk by Professor Penny Fielding explores Stevenson’s interest in late 19th-century ‘dynamiters’. Showcasing work from The New Edinburgh Edition of R.L. Stevenson, Professor Fielding will guide us through some of Stevenson’s less well-known work, including the crime novel The Dynamiter.
The University of Edinburgh, 5 George Square, Room 1.06 – Free, book here.

 

 

 

3.00pm

Murder Among the Teacups

Please note : this event has been moved to Thursday!

 

8.00pm

An Evening of RLS: 130 Years of Kidnapped


 
It’s 1886 and RLS is staying at the Hawes Inn to get peace and quiet to finish his latest novel but the largest steel structure in the world is being built outside. RLS and his friend Colvin return to the bar where he gives an impromptu recital of some of his work including Kidnapped. Starring John Shedden and Peter Berry, produced by Mark Taylor of Forth Bridges Tours.
Hawes Inn – £4 in advance, £5 on door, tickets available from Caledonia Scotia Kilts Shop, South Queensferry and from Forth Bridges Tours

 

 

 

10.00am-4.30pm

Edinburgh Gothic: Wikipedia Editathon

Just added!
 
Edinburgh University’s Information Services team are partnering with the National Library of Scotland to run a special RLS Day Wikipedia edit-a-thon. Full training on Wikipedia editing will be given in one of two morning training sessions, followed by an afternoon improving the quality of articles on all things Gothic. This is a great opportunity to work with liaison librarians, archivists and academic colleagues for a fascinating day of research and editing.
National Library of Scotland – Free, more information and book 10.30 or book 11.30 training session

 

4.00pm

Kidnapped Screening


 
Enjoy a short film about R.L. Stevenson’s Kidnapped and how it influenced the Stevenson Way walk, followed by a group discussion about the classic adventure.
Writers Museum – Free, book here

 

7.30pm

RLS Fellowship Showcase

A night of live literature, poetry and spoken word to celebrate the RLS Fellowships, a month-long residency programme run by the Scottish Book Trust offering writers the chance to develop new work in France. Featuring performances and readings from a selection of the Fellows, expect a wonderful array of literary talent! Compered by poet and performer Jenny Lindsay.
Scottish Storytelling Centre – £6, book here

 

 

 

1.30pm

Stevenson Way Walk


 
The Stevenson Way will be leading a guided walk from the Hawes Inn, South Queensferry along the coastal path to Cramond. This is an easy and lovely walk of 5 miles along quiet paths, following the route that RLS himself took in the past. Meet at the Hawes Inn at 1.30pm on Sunday 13 November – time for lunch/coffee beforehand!

 

 

 

Monday 7 – Saturday 12 November

Dr Knox’s Enigma – Escape Room

Please note : this event is no longer available.

 

Monday 9 – Saturday 12 November

Paper Tiger RLS Display

Drop in to see Paper Tiger’s displays inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson!
Paper Tiger, 53 Lothian Road & 6A/8 Stafford Street – Free, no booking necessary.

 

Tuesday 1 – Wednesday 30 November

Crime Illustrated: Stevenson’s Kidnapped and Jekyll & Hyde exhibition

This exhibition draws on the National Library’s extensive collections of illustrated Stevenson editions, celebrating both the 130th anniversary of Kidnapped, and various interpretations of Stevenson’s famous criminal, Mr Hyde. It features striking images from artists past and present including N.C. Wyeth, Rowland Hilder, Mervyn Peake, Barry Moser, and Cam Kennedy.
National Library of Scotland – Free, no booking necessary.

 

 

 

 

6.30pm

Who Shot the Red Fox?

The 1752 murder of Colin Campbell, ‘The Red Fox’, sparked the biggest manhunt in Scottish history and later inspired RLS to write Kidnapped. In this hour-long talk Ian Logan, creator of the Stevenson Way, will attempt to unravel the circumstances around the murder and subsequent hanging of James of the Glen.
Central Library – Free, book here.

 

 

 

10.30am

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.

 

11.00am & 2.00pm

Kidnapped 130

Celebrate the 130th anniversary of Stevenson’s literary classic. Hear from Alan Rankin about his 2016 voyage which re-enacted the novel’s epic smuggling route around Scotland by land and sea and explore the hidden treasures of Trinity House Maritime Museum.
Trinity House Maritime Museum – Free, book here.

 

7.00pm

RLS Hush Hour


 
Hush Hour in November will be joining in the RLS Day celebrations with a special Stevenson-themed event. Set aside some sociable reading time, bring a book, grab a cocktail and quietly bask in the joy of Robert Louis Stevenson.
Lucky Liquor – Free, no booking necessary.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 


 

the RLS Day 2016 Programme is conceived by


 
Edinburgh City of Literature Trust

in partnership with

 


 

 

 

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.