The life and works of Robert Louis Stevenson will be celebrated in the city of Edinburgh and across the world on Robert Louis Stevenson Day (Wednesday 13 November).
Held each year on his birthday, fun and friendly activities are staged across the city to bring alive his life and words to inspire and entertain both young and old alike.
The UNESCO City of Literature Trust and partners have created a number of opportunities for the public to join in including; dramatic readings of his work, five specially commissioned 'in the footsteps of Stevenson' walking tours, an event with award-winning writer Louise Welsh and BBC broadcaster James Naughtie and a virtual trail focusing on major landmarks from his life and stories.
For more details visit www.cityofliterature.com/rlsday
The City of Edinburgh Council will fly a Jolly Roger flag above the City Chambers in celebration of RLS Day 2013.
Ali Bowden, Director of the UNESCO City of Literature Trust said: “Robert Louis Stevenson is a national treasure, every year we unearth new information about his life or works. He was such a complex and talented man. I hope everyone around the world joins us to celebrate the rich legacy that he left his home town, Edinburgh.”
Councillor Richard Lewis, the city’s Culture & Sport Convener, City of Edinburgh Council said: “Robert Louis Stevenson is one of Edinburgh's most cherished sons and we pay tribute to him year round with the city's unique and fascinating Stevenson archive in the Writers' Museum. RLS Day is a special date in the city’s cultural calendar and a fitting tribute to his life, work and legacy. We’re delighted to support the City of Literature Trust and our other partners in paying homage to a truly great figure in Scottish literary history.”
For full listings of the events please visit www.cityofliterature.com. Please show your support for RLS Day 2013 on Twitter #RLSDay @EdinCityofLit