An event including Alexander McCall-Smith is always entertaining. This particular event was exceptional.
November 13 is Robert Louis Stevenson Day in Edinburgh – an annual celebration of the life of the iconic Edinburgh author. It’s a celebration that tends to run over because the event I attended was scheduled for the 21st.
Stevenson and McCall-Smith were/are both members of the Faculty of Advocates and attendees were assembled in Laigh Hall, Parliament House.
Pre-event drinks were accompanied by a recital of classical music.
Thereafter, we made our way downstairs to the Library of the Faculty of Advocates for the main event during which McCall-Smith narrated the story of Stevenson’s life, accompanied by two very talented Bar members. Anna Poole, soprano, and James Mure, baritone, performed a selection of Stevenson’s poetry set to music (These lawyers certainly have hidden talents.) They were accompanied by John Cameron on piano and Jane Condie who provided visuals.
I came away enchanted. As did Sir Walter Scott
All proceeds of the evening were donated to the Abbotsford Trust, which maintains Sir Walter Scott’s home in the Scottish Borders.
The first thing I did on arriving home was to ebay myself a Folio Edition of Stevenson’s A Child’s Garden of Verse, which I have since read in full. My enchantment continues and I have decided to add Stevenson to my completist reading list. Another project for 2015.
The evening also served as a reminder that this is the year to read Scott’s Waverley. 200 years since its publicaton. I’ve started … more to follow.