Saturday, 14 July 2018

Water Cure

Dear Listeners,

Welcome to Episode 39.

This story was inspired by its soundtrack. The evocative background soundscape was created by a listener to the podcast who is also a professional composer for TV, film and radio. It's "a combination of synthetic drones, electric guitar played with a toothbrush and acoustic guitar picking." Paul Morris is his name and you are heartily encouraged to go and indulge your ears with his SoundCloud offerings at

Apart from that, I'll just let it kind of speak for itself, and I hope you enjoy listening.

As usual, you can use this direct link to download the episode, listen on the embedded player above (if it's working), or grab with your favourite podcatcher app doodah thingy.

Many thanks to Paul for contributing his work to the magical mix of SBS!

Onwards: to the Borders of Sleep!


Sunday, 20 May 2018

Mortal Uncoil

Dear Listeners,

Episode 38 for you!

I did some long car journeys by myself recently.I improvised stories to keep myself amused. The roads were long and the weather was hot. I suppose that was the starting point for this bit of mind travel. I hope you enjoy coming along, too.

Here's your direct link. Of course you can use the player above or find us with iTunes or your podcatcher of choice as well. If you're enjoying the podcasts, drop me a line and say 'hi' by comment or email, or come and chat on the Facebook page - be great to meet you!

This week's soundtrack is by Satori on Magnatune. Lovely.

Thank you for listening,


Sunday, 14 January 2018

Poor Butterfly

Dear Listeners,

It has been a while - a long while - since the last episode was published. In the meantime I have had wonderful emails, comments and feedback from so many of you that I have finally found the time to get writing and recording again.

This story was sort of inspired by reading "Flappers" by Judith Mackrell and by a favorite song by Huw Williams, "The Summer Before the War". I hope it feels nostalgic.

Here's your direct link to the mp3, and you can get previous episodes on the "Archive" page.

I'm looking forward to bringing you more in 2018. If you're on the Facebook, join us there, too:

Thank you so much for listening!

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

My Journey

Dear Listener,

Here's episode 36 - a number that is pleasantly divisible - so we're bringing you something slightly diffrent: a little of the tale of how 'Stories from the Borders of Sleep' was born. It's personal and autobiographical, but I hope you like it. I trawled this up from some material I wrote about three years ago when we started the podcast.

Here's your direct link to the MP3. Check out the archives page for the back catalogue.

The gentle music in the background is from a firm favourite, Cari Live.

May your dreams be sweet!


Tuesday, 1 September 2015

The Night of the Nipperquins

Dear Listener,

A few months ago, a dear friend asked if I might read a 'bedtime story' to the guests at his wedding, right at the end of the evening, before they went home.

This is the story I wrote for the occasion, recounting what may be the strangest wedding night of all time. It is dedicated very affectionately to my friends, the happy couple (James and Marie), whose marriage I hope will be full of even more mystery and imagination than I could conjure for this little offering.

Your direct link to the MP3 is here. The music is from Cari Live's album 'Mindreader'.

It went down very well with the guests, and it was a real pleasure for me to try a story on a live audience - something I don't get to do very often.

I hope you enjoy it, too.

Wishing sweet dreams for you and all those you treasure,