Each year Edinburgh marks Robert Louis Stevenson’s birthday with RLS Day, looking at a different aspect of the author’s work. In 2016 the theme is crime and local authors took to Twitter to share their #rlsday love for the author who immortalised the human battle between good and evil in his Strange case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde.



Val McDermid


Val McDermid is one of the biggest Scottish crime writers and a leading figure on the Tartan Noir scene. Her books include three main series: Lindsay Gordon, Kate Brannigan, and the Tony Hill and Carol Jordan serie, the latter of which was adapted for the television drama Wire in the Blood. She was born in Kirkaldy and currently divides her home life between South Manchester and Edinburgh.


Lin Anderson


Lin Anderson heralds from Greenock and is another leading Tartan Noir crime novelist and screenwriter, best known as the creator of forensic scientist Rhona MacLeod. She is a member of the Femmes Fatales crime writing trio, together with Alanna Knight and Alex Gray, and a founding member of Bloody Scotland, Stirling’s Tartan Noir and Scottish crime writers festival. She lives in the Merchiston area of Edinburgh, near the writers Ian Rankin and Alexander McCall Smith.


Mary Paulson-Ellis



Mary Paulson-Ellis is a writer living in Edinburgh. She has an MLitt in Creative Writing from Glasgow University and on graduating was awarded the inaugural Curtis Brown Prize for Fiction. Her first novel, The Other Mrs Walker was published by Pan Macmillan in 2016. A cross between a literary detective story and a family drama, the novel is set in contemporary Edinburgh and historical London.


Shelley Day



Shelley Day was named as one of the Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature’s emerging writers in 2013. Her debut novel The Confession of Stella Moon (Contraband, 2016) won the Andrea Badenoch Award and was shortlisted for the Dundee International book Prize. Her award winning short story collection A Policy of Constant Improvement will be out in 2017. Shelley was brought up in Newcastle and divides her time between Edinburgh and Northumberland.