#RLSDAY JOIN IN TH RLS Day in the City of Literature is a moustache-twirling, velvet-clad celebration of the life, loves and work of one of Edinburgh's most famous writers – Robert Louis Stevenson. Sat 9 Nov 1.00pm & Sun 10 Nov 11.00am Muppet Treasure Island Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road RLS’s classic adventure gets the full Muppet treatment in this musical version, with Kermit’s captain pitted against the villainous Long John Silver (Tim Curry) and his band of eccentric pirates in a search for buried treasure. Miss Piggy shows up as the island’s love goddess (naturally!). £3:50 Tue 12 Nov 6.00pm Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road
10.00am Building a Toy Theatre for RLS The Writers' Museum, Lady Stair's Close As a boy, RLS loved to play with a toy theatre that inspired him to write. To celebrate RLS Day a local school will create stunning scenery and characters to fit a model theatre, using descriptive passages from Treasure Island. Drop in and see how they’re getting on. On display until 30th November. Free. 10.30am Oxgangs to Swanston with RLS Leaves from Oxgangs Library, 343 Oxgangs Road North
Rouben Mamoulian famously directed Frederic March to Oscar success. Introduced by Professor Linda Dryden, a leading expert on Stevenson, and followed by a Q&A with Professor Dryden and Dr Sarah Artt. £8.20 (£6)
Explore RLS’s South Edinburgh haunts with Carol Marr. The guided walk begins at Oxgangs Library and ends at Swanston Golf Club for a cuppa and scone. Duration, 1 hour 30 minutes. To book a place call 0131 529 5549 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Free.
Wed 13 Nov – all on RLS Day
11.00am Tusitala's Colinton Leaves from Triangle Public Garden on Woodhall Road
Wed 13 Nov 10.00-6.00pm Tusitala, Teller of Tales Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street A master and pioneer of the short story form and a far finer poet than he ever claimed to be. To celebrate his diverse talents on RLS Day the RLS Club is staging an all-day free reading of Stevenson short stories and poems. Drop by and enjoy part or all of the day. Free.
RLS’s childhood is closely linked to Colinton where his grandfather was the Minister. Hear readings from A Child’s Garden of Verses, meet Alan Beattie Herriot the sculptor of a statue of a young RLS and explore the Manse garden where RLS played. Free. To book a place call 0131 441 2537.
THE SHENANIGANS! Every 13th November his home town joins in tales, tours and talks in honour of the man behind Treasure Island and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. 11.00am Scenes (and Songs) From a Life Leaves from outside the Writers' Museum, Lady Stair's Close
2.00pm, 3.00pm & 4.00pm The Memories of an Edinburgh Boy The Writers' Museum, Lady Stair's Close
Tour some of the sites and haunts of RLS’s early life with Allan Foster, finishing at the historic Captain’s Bar for refreshments and songs sung by Andy Chung. To book call 01573 223888 or email foster.allan1@gmail. com. Tickets £15 (£13).
RLS loved Edinburgh, city of his birth and an important source of inspiration for him. Find out what the city meant to him through readings from his own memoirs and A Child’s Garden of Verses. Free.
11.50am New Town, Old Tales Leaves from outside the Roxburghe Hotel, Charlotte Square Like RLS’s Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Edinburgh is one city with two faces – the Old Town and the New Town, rich and poor, dark and light. Join Colin Brown as he explores the two sides of the city with reference to RLS and other writers. To book call 0131 553 7473 Tickets £10 (£9). 1.00pm Follow in the Footsteps of RLS Leaves from Swanston Car Park Join Scottish Natural Heritage for a walk from Stevenson’s summer home in Swanston to the Hermitage of Braid, enjoying his words and thoughts in the fresh air. To book contact 0131 529 2401 or email email@example.com. Bring sturdy footwear and waterproofs. Free.
3.00pm Ten Things You Didn't Know About RLS Teviot Debating Hall, University of Edinburgh , 13 Bristo Square Who was the inspiration for Long John Silver in Treasure Island? What is the most common word used in Jekyll and Hyde? And who is Fanny Stevenson? Edinburgh University staff and students will answer these and many other questions surrounding RLS in a three-part talk. Free. 3.00pm The Lost Loves of Louis 17 Heriot Row Enjoy afternoon tea at 17 Heriot Row, the home of RLS, while his biographer Jeremy Hodges regales you with ‘The Lost Loves of Louis’. Who were the other women in Stevenson’s life before his grand romance with Fanny Osbourne? All will be revealed. Tickets £15, prevhistfest.eventbrite.co.uk
JOIN IN THE SHENANIGANS! 3.30pm RLS for Kids Corstorphine Library, 12 Kirk Loan A special Robert Louis Stevenson-themed craft event involving moustaches and treasure maps for our younger readers! For children 5-12 years. Free. 4.30pm RLS Poetry for Children and Families Blackhall Library, 56 Hillhouse Road Poet in Residence Ryan Van Winkle reads from RLS’s collection of poems A Child’s Garden of Verse in a fun event for children and families. What’s your favourite RLS poem? Free.
6.00pm RLS and his Pirates of the Caribbean National Library of Scotland, George Iv Bridge Treasure Island was first published in book form 130 years ago. Andrew Martin, NLS Curator of Modern Scottish Collections, explores the success and impact of the novel, with illustrations from the Library’s archives. To book call 0131 623 3743. Free. 7.00pm An Evening with Robert Louis Stevenson… and Louise Welsh and James Naughtie The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, 9 Queen Street An hour of lively discussion about Stevenson, his life, work and travels with RLS fans award-winning author Louise Welsh and BBC Radio Four Presenter James Naughtie. Tickets £7, store.napier.ac.uk
FREE BOOK… Sail along to your local library and grab a special free copy of Stevenson’s Strange Tales containing Thrawn Janet, The Tale of Tod Lapraik and The Bottle Imp - as long as stock lasts!
RLS Day is brought to you by the City of Literature Trust and Edinburgh Napier University, and there are a host of events taking place across the city so come and celebrate RLS with us and join in online at RLSDay and cityofliterature.com/rlsday
Published on Jun 3, 2014
The 13th of November is RLS Day in Edinburgh, City of Literature. It's a moustache-twirling, velvet-clad celebration of the life, loves and...