Monday, 20 July 2015

Hitting it Out of the Park

Dear Listener,

Welcome to episode 34. As an editor, in my "bread and butter" day job, I've come across a lot of juicy business jargon that I've taken great delight in "decommissioning". But what was to be done with all these baffling metaphors, many of which seem to have been "re-purposed" from the sportsfield to the boardroom?

Put them in a story of course ...

This is an episode dedicated to corporate daydreamers, opponents and proponents of boardroom bluster, meeting doodlers and anyone who has ever had to circle the waggons, eat their own dogfood or deploy blue-sky thinking - this is for you.

Here's the direct link for download, or you can listen using the embedded flash player at the top of the post.

The sound track is from "Waiting" by Benji Goodrich, which is such a lovely album that I recommend you go here to listen to all of it on Magnatune.

Enjoy the podcast, and try to stay awake in those meetings.

Sweet dreams,


Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Thrice Buried

Dear Listener,

As the gap between episodes gets longer so, it seems, do the podcasts. I shall try to do some shorter ones next. This one will fill your ears for about 28 minutes - but I hope you enjoy it. It's really a story for spring time (that's when I started writing it) but if you're in the northern hemisphere, and it comes to you in the dog days of Summer, I still hope that you enjoy it.

For those who need it here's a direct link to download the MP3. You'll also find us on iTunes, if that's how you get your fix, or you can click on the embedded player at the top of this post to listen. Go to our archive page if you want to find links to all the previous episodes in one place.

Thank you very much if you've been in touch by email, Facebook or comment to encourage me in the last few months. Notably, one listener in Australia sent me a picture he'd drawn of how he thought Tolly Pep-Me might look. Another listener in New Zealand got in touch because she was sharing the stories with her book group, and that led to a great conversation. Many of you have dropped me a line to tell me you've appreciated the stories for all sorts of reasons. It thrills me to hear from listeners and I'd love to meet you on our Facebook page, where I'll also try to keep you up to date on what's happening in the world of Borders of Sleep.

If you're curious about the soundtrack to this episode, check out the work of Kourosh Dini and the harp playing of Cheryl Ann Fulton on Magnatune.

That's all for now, but let's do this again sometime soon.

Wishing you sweet dreams,


Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Kalakut's Gift

Dear Listener,

Welcome to episode 32! We've passed the milestone of providing a bedtime story for each night of the month, but we press on. Once again I apologise for the slowdown in producing fresh stories over the last year and thank all the listeners who have left comments or emailed me to say that they are enjoying the stories and to ask for more.

Here is a story about a little girl and a volcano. For many months, I just knew I wanted to write a story about a little girl and a volcano, but that was it: no plot, no further idea but this image in my mind of a tiny girl and a huge volcano. Finally it is here. As much as I'd like to unwrap for you all the layers of what this story means to me, I leave it to you to take your own interpretation from it, and I'd actually rather hear about what it means to you - that is always more interesting.

Tim did a great job on this without being able to use his usual software so I hope the sound is up to scratch - it seemed more important to get a fresh episode out than to have it quite as polished as usual.

For those who prefer to download the MP3 directly, here's a link. But please consider subscribing to the feed using a podcast client or grabbing it from iTunes. There's also an archive of all the episodes so far if you need to catch up. The podcast also now has a facebook page where I'm hoping I'll get to meet and interact with you more, so check it out.

Finally, the beautiful cello music in the background (and sometimes the foreground) of this episode comes from an album by Emily Burridge on

Well I hope you enjoy this and have sweet dreams until next time,


Saturday, 13 July 2013

The Jellyfarglemarsh

Dear Listener,

"What on earth is a Jellyfarglemarsh?" I hear you ask, "Have we waited nearly a year for episode 31, only to find it full of nonsense words?"

Yes ...

In this episode you will also hear about sanfels and guborgions and ... well I don't want to give too much away.

Here's a direct link to the MP3 ... but don't forget we're on iTunes, too.

The important thing is that Borders of Sleep is finally back in business. We are projecting a more realistic writing and recording schedule to bring you a new story every fortnight. Thank you to all those who have been in touch to let us know how much they are anticipating new episodes and I am sorry it has taken so long to produce some new material - life gets in the way.

The soundtrack for this episode comes from Future Forever by Ion.

I hope you enjoy it.

Sweet dreams,


Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Return to the Borders of Sleep

Dear Listeners,

Here's wishing you a belated "Happy New Year!"

I have to thank many of you for leaving lovely comments on the podcast page (here) and some of you for even getting in touch by email to let me know that you have been enjoying the stories. I have had a number of  queries about whether the podcast was going to continue in the future and I wish to answer emphatically in the affirmative.


Stories from the Borders of Sleep has been one of the most enjoyable creative projects of the last few years for me. I set out with the intention of continuing my output of stories as a creative baseline for the foreseeable future. Along the way, I have been really encouraged by listener feedback and delighted to hear that people all over the world have been downloading the stories and even falling asleep to them.

Even though I have not uploaded any new material in recent months, there continues to be a steady traffic of between 50 and 100 downloads a day. The production of new material has tailed off since I have had a tough winter where I have found it hard to write on top of all the other things going on. However, we have plans for the Spring.

Borders of Sleep will relaunch at the back end of March / beginning of April this year so please sit tight, listen again to your favourites in the meantime and send me more encouraging feedback while I prepare a batch of new stories for your listening pleasure in 2013.

Thank you for listening and sweet dreams  ...