Remediating Stevenson:

Decolonising Robert Louis Stevenson's Pacific Fiction through Graphic Adaptation, Arts Education and Community Engagement
Remediating Stevenson

Remediating Stevenson

Decolonising Robert Louis Stevenson's Pacific Fiction through Graphic Adaptation, Arts Education and Community Engagement


Robert Louis Stevenson settles permanently in Sāmoa, after sailing the Pacific with his family throughout the late 1880s, visiting the Marquesas, Paumotus, Tahiti and Hawai‘i in 1888, as well as the Tokelau, Gilbert and Marshall Islands in 1889-1890.


Stevenson publishes ‘The Beach of Falesá’, ‘The Bottle Imp’ and ‘Isle of Voices’ in Island Nights’ Entertainments, 3 stories that straddle both realist and fantasy genres, set in Sāmoa, Hawai‘i and Tahiti, and revolving around Pacific islander protagonists dealing with the encroachment of Western ideologies.


The AHRC-funded Remediating Stevenson project partners with indigenous scholars and practitioners and begins fieldwork in Tahiti, Hawai‘i and Sāmoa to develop the first ever graphic adaptation of the three Island Nights’ Entertainments stories to be translated into Sāmoan and Hawaiian.

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Project Overview

About the project

Exploring Robert Louis Stevenson's legacy in Sāmoa, Scotland and Hawai‘i
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Beach of Falesá

Troubling Stevenson's depictions of race, gender and power
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Documenting the research process in Hawai‘i, Sāmoa and Scotland
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Commemorating indigenous people and places in Stevenson's work
Read More "Poetry"


Community-based participatory arts workshops
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Project artwork alongside Stevenson's own writings
Read More "Exhibition"


Reflecting on project artwork together
Read More "Symposia"

Celebrate RLS Day 2023 with us at St Cecilia’s Hall!

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Free Admission

Monday 13th November, 18:30-20:00 GMT; St Cecilia’s Hall: Concert Room and Music Museum

Join the Remediating Stevenson project team for an unforgettable night of music, poetry and literary history as we remember Robert Louis Stevenson’s impact on Scottish, Hawaiian, and Sāmoan performance culture.

A reception including food and drink will follow the event at 20:00.

Book your free tickets now!

Project Team


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