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Mini Gazette – Wishes from our President

Contributor: Christian Brochier


May 2019 be for you a year of joy, health and happiness. That the year will find us gathered around our friend travel writer to exchange, learn more and more from him and his work and celebrate them both.
Having finished 2018 with gifts, why not start the same this new year.
It is indeed a beautiful gift, received at the foot of the Christmas tree, this 160 page comic book entitled  “HERMISTON “, translation from the novel  “Weir of HERMISTON” that Stevenson started writing at Vailima before he succumbed to a cerebral attack.
The author and draftsman, Jean Harambat has scrupulously translated the original following numerous indications given by Stevenson himself in his writings and in particular his correspondence. The result is a prose which, although not aesthetic, is rather rough as if carved with an axe, and invites the reader into the harshness of the time and the Scottish moors. The novel revisits many themes that were dear to RLS and that he missed about his native country.
Enjoy reading this new addition to the Stevenson library.


We will continue with two promises for this year,
One, is a gift of the ‘Arethusa ‘ board game that “the canals of the north, in the wake of R.L. Stevenson” will offer to some lucky schools, literary, cultural, academic or tourist organisations in the north of France and in the Hainaut region of Belgium. For more information see the articles in the press  le journal La Thierache et l’Aisne Nouvelle.


The other being the opening of the repair site of the Canal de la Sambre in Oise, press articles kindly communicated by our friend Jean Louis Felbacq of  “Thiérache future Tradition “. 

Press articles: La Thierache 



Best wishes, Christian

Mini Gazette – Annual Stevenson day for Fontainebleau region

Contributor: Michel Legros, Fontainebleau 

Sunday 21 October and it was the annual Stevenson festival in the region of Fontainebleau, more than 120 people and two donkeys set out for a day of walking, enjoying good food, planting roses and listening to the tales of Geneviève ( La forêt qui parle ) and the lectures of Dr. Baatz and Françoise Sylvestre talking about her latest book about Stevenson. Some pictures…



Mini Gazette – ‘Open Way’ software to help visually impaired hikers

Contributor: Ian Logan, The StevensonWay, Highlands

The Open Way project featured at a recent conference “Digital and Physical Accessibility in the Cultural Routes” held in Weissenfels, Germany from 16th – 18th October 2018 at which our network was represented by Ian Logan fromThe Stevenson Way. The Open Way project aims to help visually impaire people enjoy hiking trails thanks to a smartphone GPS application based on a guidance technique adapted to “blind navigation”.

More information and to help the project :

Mini Gazette – RLS at the EU-China Virtual Travel Fair, 27 and 28 November 2018

Contributor: Stefano Dominioni  de l’Institut des Itinéraires Culturels Européens

The EU Commission, as a contribution to the 2018 EU-China Tourism Year (ECTY), organises the first EU-China Virtual Travel Fair on cultural tourism (VTF), which is to take place on 27 and 28 November 2018.

For this fair, a virtual platform will be created with a number of booths offered to key EU-China non-commercial actors focusing on trans-European products. The Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe are one of the selected exhibitors. This should allow us to showcase our Route directly to the Chinese travel trade in an innovative and interactive way. Each visitor creates his or her unique virtual profile and 3D avatar, and each participant uploads his/her business card and contact info. The fair allows exhibitors to network and engage: attendees can easily approach and find fellow attendees, exchange business cards and share profiles in one click.

A demonstration of this type of exhibition can be found on the following link:

Mini Gazette – New translation of ‘Treasure Island’

Contributor: Odile Guigon de Mende (48)

A new translation of Treasure Island by Jean-Jacques Greif was published in September by Tristram. The publishing house has established a reputation for translations that are as close as possible to the original with revolutionary use of typography and punctuation. Previous editions from the same publisher include ‘The Life and Opinions of Laurence Stern’ by Tristram Shandy (2012).

Mini Gazette – Songs of travels

Contributor: Marie-Virginie Cambriels

We will resume our program around Stevenson and his texts set to music (Travel Songs, Chants du Voyage) on the occasion of the 140th anniversary of his trip with Modestine through the Cevennes. It will be Sunday, September 30 in Florac, at the Temple, at 17h, at the invitation of the Association On The Way Robert Louis Stevenson.

In the program :

     • The Travel Songs (composer R. Vaughan Williams),

     • melodies on poems by Child’s Garden of verses by Reynaldo Hahn,

     • an unpublished musical on the Country of the Camisards, and some other surprises.

With Gareth Leyshon on piano and Marie-Virginie Cambriels on vocals.

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.

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