Robert Louis Stevenson Day 2014

Look out your pirate hats, parrots and spare wooden legs because on Thursday it’s Robert Louis Stevenson Day!


Photo Credit: Sarah Morrison

To commemorate the birthday of one of Edinburgh’s finest authors, the City of Literature will hold a variety of events on the 13th November. These will include readings, writing workshops and performances of Stevenson’s life. Tomorrow there will be a warm up event, which sees Nigel Planer talk at the National Library of Scotland. Events will even carry on throughout November with Alexander McCall Smith taking us on a musical journey on Stevenson’s life on the 21st.

The fun is not limited to Edinburgh either, use #RLSDay to join in antics on Twitter that include Stevenson facts and quotes.

This year the events will focus on travel, an integral part of the authors work and a large part of his success. After writing Kidnapped, Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, the Edinburgh university attendee found himself among 26 of the world’s most translated authors.

Ali Bowden, Director of Edinburgh City of Literature Trust told EN4 News:

“You open a book, particularly one by a writer as great as Robert Louis Stevenson, and you are instantly transported whether it’s to a desert island, to a dark corner of the mind, to the sun-drenched South Seas. For RLS Day this year we’re travelling with the man himself in the broadest sense – on journeys across the world and through his life – and you can join him on walks, in talks and performances.’

Just a few days ago a lost manuscript from Stevenson was uncovered in a California library. The Scotsman published an extract from ‘The Hair Trunk’ on Saturday 8th November.

For the full list of what’s on and booking information click here.

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