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  ...


Saturday, 18 August 2012

Cantatur in Taberna

Dear Listener,

Mevlana tells a story about a wandering sufi who comes to a monastery and stays there. Unbeknown to him, they sell his donkey and use the money to prepare a tremendous feast.The whole community goes wild through the night. The climax of the celebration finds the wanderer dancing with his hosts and everyone is chanting "the donkey has gone, the donkey has gone". When he wakes in the morning he finds out what has happened but they say to him, "we thought you knew what we had done, after all you were singing with us 'the donkey has gone' all night long."

Well, that and many other things were in the back of my mind when I wrote this story. I enjoyed writing it very much and I hope you enjoy listening to it. My apologies to all natives of Yorkshire and Geordieland whose inflections I have ineptly bastardised for the voices of some of the characters.

Here is a direct link to this episode for those who prefer it that way. This week's soundtrack comes from two projects featuring Tim Rayborn's music: his album "Honey from the Thorn" and his work with Canconier in "The Black Dragon". You can get both albums on Magnatune.

Sweet dreams ...

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Returning Student

Dear Listener,

Can there be learning without books? Can there be as much to ponder in a day of walking as in a term of studying? In this week's episode, a student is forced to face these questions on his way home for the summer.

As usual, here's your direct link to the sound file. You may want to consider subscribing to the feed or on iTunes and, don't forget, all the previous episodes are available from the archive page for easy downloading.

This week's soundtrack is from "Sun" by Dejan Ilijic and his music (available at is well worth a listen in its own right.

Until next week ... sweet dreams,


Friday, 20 July 2012

The Other Sideof the Hedge by E.M. Forster

Dear listener,

Welcome to Episode 28 that comes with my profound apologies for the long silence on this podcast. Life had got in the way of the creative rhythms that underpin the regular production of episodes but I'm pleased to say that I am returning to a regular schedule and will endeavour to keep supplying fresh and fun stories on a weekly basis.

Thank you very much if you have left comments here or written one of the encouraging reviews over at iTunes - it's been a blessing to get feedback of all sorts and it is always appreciated.

We have decided, every so often, to dig up a gem of a short story from another author's oeuvre and to give it the "Borders of Sleep Treatment". This week we have something from one of my best loved British authors, E.M. Forster (1879-1970). I'll let it speak for itself but strongly encourage you to seek out more of his work if you enjoy the atmosphere and sentiment of this short story.

If you enjoy listening to free audio narrations of works ancient and modern from the public domain or creative commons, then there is a treasure trove of material to discover every Friday at the #GoingPublic project so please check it out - you're in for a treat!

Here is the direct link to the MP3; but remember that if you don't want to miss a single episode then you can subscribe on iTunes or using the RSS feed in another podcast client.

The soundtrack this week comes from the sublime album "Rain Trip" by Toni Iniguez. You can listen to and download the entire album and lots of other great music from

Well ... bring on the slow magma of narrative!

Sweet dreams and thank you for listening,