The Edinburgh Robert Louis Stevenson Club and Edinburgh Napier University have for three years collaborated on running a competition which aims to inspire young writers in Scotland by asking them to produce a piece of creative writing which draws on the rich and rewarding legacy that Robert Louis Stevenson has left us in his works of fiction, poetry, travel writing and essays.

The competition for 2015-2016 is now open, and we’ll be accepting entries from now until the closing date of 25th April! 

Click here full competition details:

Stevenson Unbound

Edinburgh Napier University’s Centre of Literature and Writing,

requests the pleasure of your company at a lecture on the

Ernest Mehew Robert Louis Stevenson Collection

by Nick Rankin, Writer and Broadcaster.

In 1983, Nick Rankin read Stevenson’s Fables to the blind Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges and was commissioned by Faber to write his first book, Dead Man’s Chest: travels after Robert Louis Stevenson, which took him from Scotland to Samoa. While writing it, he first met the civil servant Ernest Mehew, who was editing the definitive 8-volume Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson for Yale University Press and knew more about the Scottish writer than anyone else on earth.

Nick will give a short lecture on this rare collection of Robert Louis Stevenson’s papers, First Editions and other materials which is now housed at Edinburgh Napier University, and is being catalogued and made accessible to the public in a dedicated space, thanks to a generous bequest from The Mehew Estate, and PhD funding from the Dr David McNeil Summers Charitable Trust.

Date: Thursday 17 March 2016
Time: Lecture 6pm – 7pm
Venue: B2 Lecture Theatre, Merchiston Campus

The event is free but please register your attendance to

Happy RLS Day

RLS Day 2015: Stevenson on Stage and Screen

For RLS Day 2015 we are celebrating Stevenson on stage and screen. Events will be happening across the city of Edinburgh throughout the week and on 13 November, the day of Stevenson’s birthday, the city will be buzzing with RLS activity. Celebrations will culminate with the Edinburgh Napier University celebrity panel event at the prestigious Faculty of Advocates on the Royal Mile. Download the RLS Day Programme 2015.

Our panel for this year consists of actor and author Dr Nigel Planer chairing a discussion with composer Howard Blake OBE, and author and scriptwriter, Charlie Fletcher on how Stevenson has been adapted for stage and screen.

The evening will commence with a private screening of ‘The Land of Counterpane’, a short animated song cycle of selections from Stevenson’s A Child’s Garden of Verses. Howard Blake, famous for the animated film The Snowman, wrote the script and music, and also directed this unique adaption.

‘A Robert Louis Stevenson Stage & Screen Evening with Dr Nigel Planer, Charlie Fletcher, and Howard Blake OBE’


The event is hosted by our Chancellor Dr David Eustace and the Centre for Literature and Writing (CLAW), in partnership with the UNESCO City of Literature Trust.

Tickets and Info.

Friday 13 November 2015
Tickets £7Buy here
Doors Open: 6pm
Screening and Panel: 6.30pm – 8pm