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Mini Gazette – Fanny Stevenson

Contributor: Jean Louis Pouliquen, Hyères

This week’s news comes from Jean Luc Pouliquen of Hyères on the French Riviera. An interesting piece of Fanny’s biography that will appeal to all those who are passionate about the history and life of Robert Louis’ companion.

Mini Gazette – Programme ERASMUS+ D.E.C.R.A

Contributor: Christian Brochier, Cevennes

The Stevenson Network had committed to participate in a program called ERASMUS + D.E.C.R.A. (Developing European Cultural Routes for All), organized by the FFICE (French Federation of European Cultural Routes). Last week I attended a meeting and workshop held in Pula, Croatia. The workshops focused on the following topics:

– Inclusion and accessibility of tourist sites

– Valorization of local heritage, what is Cultural Tourism? …… (meeting with Croatian and Serbian tour operators)

– Faro Convention (Council of Europe): one of the questions: “how to involve local communities in a tourism and cultural project”

The meeting was organized by the local Cultural Routes; the Roman Emperors and the Danube Wine Route. Attached are photos of the meeting, the arena of Pula and its gladiators.


Mini Gazette – Sur les canaux du nord

Contributor: Jean Louis Felbacq , Sur le canaux du nord

2 articles from the regional press (Le Thiérache) echoing the celebrations at Oisy and Pont sur Sambre in the North, sent by Jean Louis Felbacq of Thiérache Avenir Tradition. Our network can be proud to have contributed and given meaning and perspectives to the reopening of this canal.

A rose for R.L. Stevenson: le Thiérache 14 avril 2018

Canal de Vadencourt to be re-opened : le Thiérache jeudi 12 avril 2018

Mini Gazette – ECR meeting at Piacenza

Contributor: Christian Brochier, Cévennes

Some news following the meeting of European Cultural Routes in Piacenza (northern Italy) where I visited last week at the invitation of the European Network: La Hansa. A dozen cultural routes were present. The objective was to exchange more closely and concretely on our projects, our operations, our difficulties and to enrich each other’s experience.

Objective achieved, especially during discussions in workshops of 4 people where we really got to know each other. The result should be easier listening and a more balanced exchange with the Institut de Luxembourg (IECE). In particular, I received support for the invitation of a member of our scientific committee (Linda Dryden PhD student at Nappier University) at the European Training Seminar to be held in Spain in June.

The contact especially with the members of the Via Francigena who welcomed us was very good. They are all francophones.

I enclose some photos of the beautiful city of Piacenza.

Mini Gazette – Saint Jean du Gard Boulegan

Contributor: Christian Brochier, Cévennes

Easter Monday and for three days, in Saint Jean du Gard, one of the towns on the Chemin de Stevenson, it was Boulegan, a dance and traditional music festival (one of the biggest in France) that brought together several thousand dancers, some of whom came from Spain, Italy, the Netherlands or elsewhere in Europe (see photo). The music was very lively and the atmosphere warm and friendly, faithful to the values of RLS; openness and tolerance of others. For the dancing there was polka, bourrée, scottishe (traditional French dances), on tunes from Rap to more than 2000 people Saturday night.

Mini Gazette – RLS Club Edinburgh: The student life of RLS

Contributeur: Elizabeth Baird, RLS Club Edinburgh, Lothian

The RLS Club met at a hotel in Edinburgh which was formerly the home of the great lighthouse builder Robert Stevenson, RLS’ grandfather. Members enjoyed a talk on the 8 years which Stevenson spent as a student, eventually abandoning engineering for law.  By studiously avoiding lectures and pursuing his colourful interests elsewhere he laid the foundations for a wide a varied literary career.

Former home of Robert Stevenson

Commemorative plaque

RLS the student aged 21

The RLS Club under the watchful eye of Robert Stevenson (picture at the back of the room)


Mini Gazette – Treasure Hunt in Fontainebleau Forest

contributor: Michel Legros, Fontainebleau

Attention all Gold hunters ! The 7 April will mark the day of the third biennial Fontainebleau region Treasure Hunt organised by the ‘R.L Stevenson de Barbizon à Grez’ association.
This year’s theme is the little people of the forest! About 20 teams are expected to take part, solving enigmas both intellectual and physical that will allow them to unlock the secret code to the golden Treasure!



© photos courtesy of J.P. Battin

Mini Gazette – RLS films for sale at the Institut National de L’Audiovisuel

contributor: Jean Louis Pouliquen

The French Institut National de L’Audiovisuel have several RLS films available for sale:

Voyage avec un âne – A superb scene from a movie entitled “Journey with a donkey” (Jean Kirchbron, 1975) where Robert Louis finds love made in 1975 for French TV; 3€ (for download) or DVD 10€.

Other titles are available: Treasure Island (Léon de Chancerel, 1957), The Adventures of David Balfour (Alain Boudet, 1964) and The Master of Ballantrae (Abder Isker, 1963).

Mini Gazette – An event on the River Sambre

contributor: Jean Louis Felbacq, Sur les canaux du nord

I enclose the link for our Facebook page that we invite you to share and the link of the Facebook event for Escales sur la Sambre (8 April). Do not hesitate to share it to disseminate information.

Mini Gazette – The true and amazing story of “Treasure Island”

Contributor: Christian Brochier, Cévennes

Here is a story that should generate some reaction!  The true story  of Treasure Island in the Pacific !
Alex Capus investigated the secrets of the writer Robert Louis Stevenson for several years and as far as the South Pacific. “Traveler under the stars” is the result of this quest where life goes far beyond fiction .. (in French)

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