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Events: Wed 13th November 2013

10:30am

Robert Louis Stevenson Walk
Oxgangs Library, 343 Oxgangs Road North Edinburgh EH13 9LY
Join our annual celebratory Robert Louis Stevenson Walk, starting at Oxgangs library and finishing off at Swanston Golf Club for a cuppa and scone. Explore Stevenson’s South Edinburgh haunts, walk led by Carol Marr.

Free event. To book a place phone 0131 529 5549 or email oxgangs.library@edinburgh.gov.uk

11:00am

RLS: Scenes (and Songs) From a Life
THE WRITERS' MUSEUM Lady Stair's Close, Lawnmarket, EH1 2PA
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.

Leaves from outside The Writers' Museum.

Part of #RLSDay

www.cityofliterature.com/rlsday

Advance only/Tickets £15 (13). To book call 01573 223888 or email foster.allan1@gmail.com.

11:00am

Tusitala's Colinton
WOODHALL ROAD Leaves from Triangle Public Garden on Woodhall Road, Colinton
RLS’s childhood is closely linked to Colinton where his grandfather was the Minister. Hear readings from A Child's Garden of Verses, meeting Alan Beattie Herriot the sculptor of a statue of a young RLS and exploring the Manse garden where RLS played.

Part of #RLSDay

www.cityofliterature.com/rlsday

In Advance only/Free, call 0131 441 2537 to book.

11:45am

RLS: New Town, Old Tales
CHARLOTTE SQUARE 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 the light. Join Colin Brown as he explores the two sides of the city with reference to RLS and other writers.

Part of #RLSDay www.cityofliterature.com/rlsday

£10/£9 (concessions) Contact www.rebustours.com/

1:00pm

Follow in the Footsteps of RLS
SWANSTON PUBLIC CAR PARK Swanston Road, EH10 7DS
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. Bring sturdy footwear and waterproofs. Leaves from Swanston Car Park.

Part of #RLSDay

www.cityofliterature.com/rlsday

In Advance only/Free. To book contact 0131 529 2401 or email naturalheritageservice@edinburgh.gov.uk.

2:00pm

Robert Louis Stevenson - The Memories of an Edinburgh Boy
The Writers' Museum, Lady Stair's Close, Edinburgh EH1 2PA
"There are no stars so lovely as Edinburgh street lamps. When I forget thee auld Reekie, may my right hand forget its cunning"

Robert Louis Stevenson loved Edinburgh. The city of his birth was an important source of inspiration for him. The Writers' Museum proudly presents readings featuring Stevenson's own memoirs and the words of people who knew him, along with poems from A Child's Garden of Verses which help give us a sense of what Edinburgh meant to the young RLS Stevenson. Just drop in, no booking necessary.

Free event. For further information please contact Margaret Findlay, Public Programmes Manager on 0131 529 3963, e-mail Margaret.findlay@edinburgh.gov.uk

3:00pm

Robert Louis Stevenson - The Memories of an Edinburgh Boy
The Writers' Museum, Lady Stair's Close, Edinburgh EH1 2PA
"There are no stars so lovely as Edinburgh street lamps. When I forget thee auld Reekie, may my right hand forget its cunning"

Robert Louis Stevenson loved Edinburgh. The city of his birth was an important source of inspiration for him. The Writers' Museum proudly presents readings featuring Stevenson's own memoirs and the words of people who knew him, along with poems from A Child's Garden of Verses which help give us a sense of what Edinburgh meant to the young RLS Stevenson. Just drop in, no booking necessary.

Free event. For further information please contact Margaret Findlay, Public Programmes Manager on 0131 529 3963, e-mail Margaret.findlay@edinburgh.gov.uk

3:00pm

Scotland Galleries Highlights Tours
National Museums Scotland, Chambers Street Edinburgh EH1 1JF
Join one of our free daily tours and discover some of the highlights of our Scottish collections. Tours leave from the Meeting Point, Entrance Hall Level 0.

Free event. For more details see www.nms.ac.uk/tours

3:00pm

Ten Things You Didn't Know About RLS
TEVIOT DEBATING HALL Teviot Row House, University of Edinburgh, 13 Bristo Square, EH8 9AJ
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.

Part of #RLSDay

www.cityofliterature.com/rlsday

No Ticket Required/Free.

3:00pm

The Lost Loves of Louis
The Stevenson House, 17 Heriot Row Edinburgh EH3 6HP
Enjoy afternoon tea at 17 Heriot Row, the home of Robert Louis Stevenson, while RLS 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? Was the brothel romance with Kate Drummond a myth or a reality? Who was the other girl to whom he proposed marriage? And where did Stevenson find the inspiration for the women in his stories? All will be revealed.

£15 Places limited. Book online www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/8833125115/eac2

3:30pm

Robert Louis Stevenson for Kids!
Corstorphine Library, 12 Kirk Loan Edinburgh EH12 7HD
A special Robert Louis Stevenson themed craft event involving moustaches and treasure maps for our younger readers! For children 5-12 years.

Free event. To book a place call 0131 529 5506 or email corstorphine.library@edinburgh.gov.uk

4:00pm

Robert Louis Stevenson - The Memories of an Edinburgh Boy
The Writers' Museum, Lady Stair's Close, Edinburgh EH1 2PA
"There are no stars so lovely as Edinburgh street lamps. When I forget thee auld Reekie, may my right hand forget its cunning"

Robert Louis Stevenson loved Edinburgh. The city of his birth was an important source of inspiration for him. The Writers' Museum proudly presents readings featuring Stevenson's own memoirs and the words of people who knew him, along with poems from A Child's Garden of Verses which help give us a sense of what Edinburgh meant to the young RLS Stevenson. Just drop in, no booking necessary.

Free event. For further information please contact Margaret Findlay, Public Programmes Manager on 0131 529 3963, e-mail Margaret.findlay@edinburgh.gov.uk

4:30pm

Robert Louis Stevenson Day
Blackhall Library, 56 Hillhouse Road Edinburgh EH4 5EG
Poet in Residence Ryan Van Winkle reads from Stevenson's collection of poems ‘A Child’s Garden of Verse’. A fun event for children and families, to celebrate Stevenson's Birthday. Which is your favourite poem?

Free event. To book a place call 0131 529 5595 or email blackhall.library@edinburgh.gov.uk

6:30pm

CANCELLED: Alistair Moffat:The British: A Genetic Journey
Surgeon's Hall, Nicolson Street edinburgh EH8 9DW
EVENT CANCELLED

Hidden inside all of us – every human being on Earth – is the story of our ancestry. Printed on our DNA are the origins of our lineages, the time in history and prehistory when they arose, and the epic journeys people have made across the globe. Based on exciting new research involving the most wide-ranging sampling of DNA ever made in Britain, Alistair Moffat, author of the bestselling The Scots: A Genetic Journey, shows how all of us who live on these islands are immigrants. Join him as he discusses our origins as a nation and shares the genetic history of ordinary people.

EVENT CANCELLED

6:30pm

Stories, People, Places - Opening Night; Lecture and Multimedia Exhibition
Meow Studios, 86-92 Causewayside, Edinburgh EH9 1PY
Poland and Scotland: passages from a common past, 1500-1800; Lecture by Professor Robert Frost. The heritage shared by Poland and Scotland is a visible and integral part of Scotland’s historic environment. This lecture is a fascinating look at that shared history.

Free event, but as places are very limited, registration is required to secure seats. Register at polscotheritage.eventbrite.com/

7:00pm

An Evening with Robert Louis Stevenson
Royal College of Physicians, 9 Queens Street, Edinburgh EH2 1JQ
Round off your celebration of RLS Day by joining us for an hour of lively discussion about Stevenson, his life, work and travels with Glasgow-based author Louise Welsh and Radio Four Presenter James Naughtie.

Follow this link store.napier.ac.uk for booking information on the Napier University Website. Search for 'Stevenson' to locate the event and book tickets on that site.

All-Day Events

9:30am - 4:15pm

Rosslyn Chapel and the Scottish Borders day tour
Rabbie's Small Group Tours, 207 High Street Edinburgh EH1 1PE
This tour includes the original Wallace Monument; time in Melrose with the opportunity to explore its great Border Abbey, founded in the 12th Century and burial place of Robert the Bruce’s heart; and in the afternoon the stunning 15th century Rosslyn Chapel.

£31 / £28 Book online at www.rabbies.com or by phone on 0131 226 3133 or in person at 207 High Street Edinburgh EH1 1PE

10:00am - 4:00pm

1963 exhibition at Heriot-Watt University Museum and Archive
Heriot-Watt University Museum and Archive, Level 1, Library Riccarton Edinburgh EH14 4AS
1963 was a momentous year for Heriot-Watt, higher education and the wider world. Heriot-Watt College was about to become "the first of a new breed of technological university" as a long awaited Royal Commission opened the doors to higher education for generations of young people. Meanwhile, Borders textile designer and artist Bernat Klein gained international acclaim when his iconic fabrics took centre stage in the Chanel spring collection. In the year that the Beatles released their first LP, Martin Luther King had a dream, JFK was assassinated, the Profumo scandal rocked the establishment and Bob Dylan sang "The times, they are a changin’". Visit our exhibition to find out what was it like to be a student in 1963 and look back at the fashion, culture and events of this exciting year.

Free event.

10:00am - 5:00pm

Citizen Curator: Discover Leith’s Artistic Heritage
City Art Centre, 2 Market Street Edinburgh EH1 1DE
Explore stunning landscapes, maritime history, proud sporting legacies and the galas, festivals and diversity of modern Leith. Citizen Curator celebrates Leith’s fascinating and varied heritage, through the art collections of the City Art Centre and history collections of Edinburgh Museums. The exhibition includes artworks by well-known Leithers such as Eduardo Paolozzi, and depictions of the local area by artists including Alexander Nasmyth, Jock McFadyen and Kate Downie. Includes new works by up and coming artists and a specially commissioned film exploring the diversity of the area. Tours of Citizen Curator - Thursdays at 1 pm

Free event. For further information please contact Margaret Findlay, Public Programmes Manager on 0131 529 3963, e-mail Margaret.findlay@edinburgh.gov.uk

10:00am - 5:00pm

Exhibition: Mary, Queen of Scots
National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street Edinburgh EH1 1JF
Mary, Queen of Scots is one of the most enigmatic figures in Scottish history. Her story arouses strong emotions: was she betrayed by those she trusted, condemned to die a Catholic martyr or was she a murdering adulteress with her husband's blood on her hands?

£9 / £7.50 Under 12s and Members enter free. Call 0300 123 6789, or online: www.nms.ac.uk/mary

10:00am - 4:00pm

Gilmerton Cove Tour
Gilmerton Cove, 16 Drum Street Edinburgh EH17 8QH
Enter the mystery of Gilmerton Cove a unique hand carved underground attraction on the outskirts of Edinburgh. Once known as the 'Gilmerton Secret' this labyrinth is now revealed! We have seven different chambers to explore with rock hewn table and chairs. Listen to the many theories on a fascinating guided tour.

£7.50 / £6.50 Booking essential - call 07914 829177 or book online at www.rosslyntours.co.uk

10:00am - 5:00pm

The Nation//Live – Work, Union, Civil War, Faith, Roots
Contemporary Scotland Gallery, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 1 Queen Street Edinburgh EH2 1JD
This exhibition features works of art created on five community outreach projects, which investigate the contemporary relevance of major transformations in Scottish history. Inspired by the portraits and personalities from the Scottish National Portrait Gallery collection, artists have led groups in four regional locations – Clydebank, Inverness, Dumfriesshire and Skye – to explore the impact of themes that define the national narrative. Roots, the fifth project, is an innovative collaboration led by folk musician Drew Wright (aka Wounded Knee) which sees migrants to Scotland create new music to represent their view of Scotland’s future.

Free event. See www.nationalgalleries.org/portraitgallery 0131 624 6200

12:00pm - 8:00pm

Stories, People, Places - Polish Scottish Heritage Multimedia Exhibition
Meow Studios, 86-92 Causewayside Edinburgh EH9 1PY
The heritage shared by Poland and Scotland is a visible and integral part of Scotland’s historic environment. This showcase is a fascinating look at that shared history on film and in photography. This multimedia exhibition consists of 4 short documentaries by directors Pawel Nuckowski and Robert Motyka presenting some of the people, places and events that link Poland and Scotland through the centuries, and two photographic exhibitions: The Polish Invasion (photographer: Radek Slomnicki and podcasts by: Volunteers of the Polish Scottish Heritage Project) Photographic portraits and podcasts introducing significant Polish and Scottish figures. “Polish Memorabilia in Scotland - History Hunting” a celebratory snapshot of the intertwined history of two nations, featuring a selection of award winning images from the recent photographic competition organized by the Polish Community Website www.edinburgh.com.pl

Free event.

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