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Mini Gazette – Pipes to the Point Triumph;

Contributor: Martin White, North Berwick, Lothian

‘Pipes to the Point’ was the première of the story of RLS’ return to North Berwick in 1887, following upon the death of his father in May of that year.

On this occasion, RLS was accompanied by a young piper from the local school, echoing the playing of Alan Breck Stewart in Kidnapped.

RLS reminisces and looks forward to his future triumphs.

A great time was had by a fascinated crowd of onlookers both near and far (we are talking bagpipes!). The filming of the event will hopefully be turned into a thing of beauty and of much wider value.

Mini Gazette – Fans set to follow where RLS and his donkey led

Contributor: Ian Logan, Highlands, Janet Darne, Cévennes

To mark the 140th anniversary of RLS journey in the Cévennes, A Donkey Caravan leaves Le Monastier on September 22nd and arrives at St Jean du Gard on October 6th. Celebrations and events are planned at all stages.

There will be at least two Scottish men in kilts!

Mini Gazette – Stevenson Adventures welcomes young Glaswegians

Contributor: Ian Logan, Highlands – Stevenson Adventures

More information: Stevenson Adventures

Stevenson Adventures recently took a group of teenagers from inner city Glasgow on a day walk and also a 2 night expedition into the Scottish hills. The group had never attempted anything like this before and so it was quite a challenge for them with both the walking and the camping.


However they took to it, despite the midges and the heavy rucksacks. One thing they really enjoyed was swimming in the mountain river and despite the cold water several folk managed three swims during the day – who says our young folk are soft these days!

The group pitched their own tents and also cooked their own food, in addition to the lots of sweets that they had brought. The whole experience was very helpful to them all and should prove beneficial to their personal development.

Mini Gazette: From the Czech Republic to the Cévennes

Contributor: Katerina Novakova and Barbara, Cévennes, association “Sur le Chemin de R.L. Stevenson”

Here is a short video by an RLS fan from the Czech Republic about the Stevenson trail in the Cévennes. Illustrated with water-clour images and featuring the ‘Modestine’ wine.


Mini Gazette – RLS Club Edinburgh outing on the Waverley

Contributor: Elizabeth Baird, RLS Club Edinburgh, Lothian

RLS Club members recently enjoyed a sail on the paddle steamer Waverley.  The journey went from Glasgow along the River Clyde to the village of Tighnabruaich.  It followed routes taken by RLS when accompanying his father on lighthouse visits.  It is also the route he took when he sailed to the USA in 1879 to follow Fanny.

The Waverley bears the name of the first novel by Sir Walter Scott, the celebrated 19th century author who was a friend of Robert Stevenson, grandfather of RLS.  Built in 1946 Waverley is the last sea-going passenger-carrying paddle steamer in the world and continues a 200 year history of steamers on the Clyde.

Mini Gazette – News from North Berwick.

Contributor: Elizabeth Baird, RLS Club Edinburgh, Lothian

The Association Franco-Écossaise of Paris recently visited Scotland on a tour organised by the Edinburgh branch of the Franco-Scottish Society.  At the Museum of the Coastal Communities in North Berwick they visited the Stevenson exhibition which inter alia tells of RLS’ travels in France.  The Franco-Scottish Society has strong links with the RLS Club.  See attached article “French visitors”.  Thanks to Martin in North Berwick for sending the article;

  East Lothian Courier, Thursday June 21 2018

Mini Gazette – Interview with Mira Sanders

Contributor: Anne de Cocurès, Cévennes

Interview with Mira Sanders, a Belgian visual artist, who produced an exhibition on the theme:  “An inland Voyage ” at the Argos Centre in Brussels in 2017. She explains her approach in this Youtube video (15 minutes, in French).

Mini Gazette – News from ‘Sur les canaux du nord’

Contributeur: Jean Louis Felbacq , Sur le canaux du nord

News from the territories, this week the Northern Canals first give us a link to their newsletter (in particular April-June issue) which allows to get a feel of the positive and enthusiastic atmosphere around the Sambre canal renovation project and see the other projects that are springing up around. Thank you Jean Louis.

Mini Gazette – The press talks about us

Contributor: Jean Louis Felbacq , Sur le canaux du nord

Article published in the newspaper ‘Le Thiérache’ Thursday, May 10, 2018 showing that the image of Robert Louis is strongly related to his travel companion, Modestine.

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.

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