Happy Robert Louis Stevenson Day!


Every year on 13 November Edinburgh celebrates the birthday of one of our most famous literary sons.

Today and tomorrow libraries are hosting lots of free, family friendly events. Come along and join in the fun. We’ve pirate parties, treasure hunts and crafts galore. For a complete listing of  RLS Day events visit the Edinburgh City of Literature website.

Or visit the Writers’ Museum, just off the Royal Mile, to discover more about Robert Louis Stevenson’s remarkable life.

Among the wealth of amazing objects on display are photographs, artefacts illuminating Stevenson’s time in Samoa, as well as his ring, riding boots and first editions of some of his works. Explore the museum for free.

Tortoiseshell and silver 'Tusitala' ('storyteller') ring

Tortoiseshell and silver “Tusitala” (“storyteller”) ring

And to celebrate RLS day, the award-winning living history group, Edinburgh Living History, will entertain you in the Writers’ Museum. There are free performances at 1pm and 2pm today and tomorrow  (13 and 14 November) They will be performing dramatised readings from some of RLS’s works, particularly his short stories and poetry. No need to book, just come along on the day.

Verses first edition (3)

Fist edition of “A Child’s Garden of Verses”


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