About the Author

Seymour Jacklin, the voice and author of Stories from the Borders of Sleep gave up his full-time job as a Mental Health Nurse in mid-2010 in order to pursue a range of creative projects that were becoming too lively to confine to evenings and weekends.

Stories from the Borders of Sleep is a project that draws together many of his passions, grown over 40 years of living and never quite outgrowing his childish imagination. The stories blend spirituality with his love for the English countryside and many of them are based on dreams.

Seymour was born in Zimbabwe and enjoyed an idyllic African childhood, surrounded by a landscape that continues to haunt his waking and sleeping imagination. He has lived in Durham, UK, ever since arriving there as a student in 1996 to read Anthropology (he wanted to study Folklore, and it was the nearest he could get). After graduating, he passed through a succession of employment scenarios and got married before deciding to train as a psychiatric nurse. The most consistent threads, throughout his life, however, have been an awareness of  Divine reality, a passion for the written and spoken word, and an over-active imagination.

Seymour, would like nothing more than to come and tell his stories to you in person. No matter the setting or size of the audience, from fireside to festival, he'll be your guide to the liminal realms between waking and sleeping.

Get in touch with your details for rates and advice on making a booking.

As well as writing, Seymour works for an amazing charity called Handcrafted and plays in a ceilidh band called The Scrumpy Badgers. His main website is at www.seymourjacklin.co.uk and you can tweet him on Twitter, or email him at seymour@bordersofsleep.com

21 comments:

  1. Your work is great. I had learnt a lot about sleeping. Something I never know about waking up, bedtime. I think it should help me a lot to wake up with fresh feelings on every morning. Thank you so much.

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  2. We want more stories :) They are my absolute favorite!

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  3. I really do hope there's more stories to come!! My favorite is The Night of the Nipperquins!! I've put it on on countless restless nights to help me fall asleep.

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  4. I love your podcast. In fact, I love it every night! I don't fall asleep during the stories (usually), but it puts me in a mood so I can let my imagination take over my brain, and I fall to sleep easily after that. THANK YOU!

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  5. I hope you will consider adding new stories! I love your work and miss having new ones to listen to. Pretty please?!💗

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    1. Thank you! I will add more ... I promise ... I want so much to get more stories out there, but ... life ... I will keep trying. There are plenty more in me to come out.

      Thank you so much for listening!

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  6. Soledad Fernandez25 August 2019 at 05:58

    Can’t wait to see new stories! Is there a way we can support your efforts? Your podcast is by far the best in its genre, as are your stories.

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    1. Thank you, Soledad! Letting me know you are listening and being wonderfully patient while i try to get more episodes created is one of the best ways to support me :-) I have long been considering how to give people the opportunity to give financial support if they wish to. In the coming months I will be looking at patreon and other crowd-funding options to see if that might work. One thing is sure, though: there will never be a hard sell or any pleading. Thank you for asking and reminding me that there are plenty of people who would be willing to do more to help.

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  7. You are the greatest Storyteller Seymour. Thank you thank you from border to border to beyond borders.😁

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    1. Wow - very kind words! Thank you, Allisone. That has given me a boost :-)

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  8. Your stories are amazing! I honestly think all of your stories are are unique and wonderful in their own way. Each one is so different from the other but they are still cohesively your writings. I can't get enough of them! Please continue writing!

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    1. Thank you for your encouragement, Whitney. I'm working out ways to give more time to writing and creating fresh episodes this year. It's great hearing from you and meeting another listener. All the best for 2020 :-)

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  9. Thank you so very much for producing these stories. I have listened in the past when sleep would otherwise not have happened. Tonight I have sent the links to my friends back in NS, Canada, who are reeling from the horrid events that took place today.

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    1. I was so upset to hear the news and hope the stories help in the midst of horror in some small way. For me, that's what it's all about. My deepest sympathy and thoughts are with your dear friends in NS. When will this madness end?

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  10. I recently found your podcast and have listened to every single one. Some of them multiple times. I am in the USA and love to listen to your stories told in your soothing voice and accent.. looking forward to more stories.

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    1. Thank you Regan! That's great to hear ... You're a dedicated listener :-) I am looking forward to more stories too - I never know quite what is going to happen.

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  11. I'm mesmerized :-) As an avid story listener and student in the Southwest Storytelling Institute at South Mountain Community College in Phoenix, AZ - I have struck gold finding your podcast. Stellar content! Thank you.

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    1. Great to meet you, Cyn! And thank you for the deep encouragement. I'm so glad you like the stories.

      I'd love to hear about your work if you are practicing the art these days so do drop me a line by email, fb, or twitter and send a link or something.

      I think you sent me coffee too! Thank you so much!

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  12. I loved the one about the bicorn and Lady Isabella! Your podcast is a wonderful way to relax before getting ready for bed, I can’t wait to listen to all the ones I’ve missed over the years :)

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    1. Welcome to the Borders of Sleep, Tigerlily! Thank you for saying hi. I hope you enjoy the rest of the stories too :-) Wishing you sweet dreams.

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