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Stories from the Borders of Sleep podcast

Stories from the Borders of Sleep

A semi-regular podcast, featuring original stories, fantastic fables and curious tales by written and read by your host, Seymour Jacklin. Each episode is from 8-18 minutes long and takes the listener on an imaginative and thought provoking journey. Aimed at adults but very suitable for children, too.

A semi-regular podcast, featuring original stories, fantastic fables and curious tales by written and read by your host, Seymour Jacklin. Each episode is from 8-18 minutes long and takes the listener on an imaginative and thought provoking journey. Aimed at adults but very suitable for children, too.

 

#50

The Artisan, The Abbot and the Architect

Three men meet one evening and not entirely by chance ... the story unfolds. Above them is the monastery and below them is the forest, each with their peculiar forces. ... Read more

17 Oct 2021

31 MINS

31:22

17 Oct 2021


#49

Monday Mechanical CLub

This is a story about a stenography machine, and an unusual group of people who meet in a basement .... http://www.bordersofsleep.com ... Read more

04 Aug 2021

27 MINS

27:20

04 Aug 2021


#48

To Catch a Skerrid

Magic runs in the family, so when cousin Rupert comes to spend the summer with Damson and her mother, there are magic tricks, a little transdimensional tomfoolery, and, of course, poetic justice.  ... Read more

12 Apr 2021

21 MINS

21:23

12 Apr 2021


#47

The Frog and Banjo

Neither the frog or the banjo are quite what you might think at first - a mystical pair who surprised everyone and taught a few lessons. ... Read more

26 Feb 2021

33 MINS

33:06

26 Feb 2021


#46

Sketching and Painting

This is a story about an artist called Anna and a surprising discovery she makes in the autumnal woods.  ... Read more

26 Oct 2020

20 MINS

20:12

26 Oct 2020


#45

Brother Savion

One day in September, 40 years of the companionship of a forest brings a hermit to the culmination of his life cycle. ... Read more

21 Aug 2020

22 MINS

22:18

21 Aug 2020


#44

The Librarian

"You know, all this talk we are talking? It's like the sunshine and the rain. It's present or not, but when it is present it soaks and warms and disappears. Nevertheless, the nourishing effect of it lasts and shows continually." ... Read more

01 May 2020

22 MINS

22:29

01 May 2020


#43

Chippie and Angus

It's a story about a quiet girl, and I don't want to give too much away ... ... Read more

29 Mar 2020

13 MINS

13:23

29 Mar 2020


#42

Lady Isabella

A story about an unlikely friendship that occurs on an expedition to gather chamomile. ... Read more

06 Mar 2020

16 MINS

16:07

06 Mar 2020


#41

Horseless Carriage

Just a rather nice little trip down memory lane in later life, wherein we discover that the peacock is a magical bird ... perhaps. ... Read more

15 Jan 2020

23 MINS

23:01

15 Jan 2020


#40

Rehoming

In which some fascinating things are discovered about the secret lives of plants and other living things. ... Read more

19 Nov 2018

26 MINS

26:24

19 Nov 2018


#39

Water Cure

Inspired by a piece of music by Paul Morris (<a href= "https://soundcloud.com/paul-morris-music-for-film">https://soundcloud.com/paul-morris-music-for-film</a>) this story tells of a strange visit to an unusual shrink.  ... Read more

13 Jul 2018

08 MINS

08:42

13 Jul 2018


#38

Mortal Uncoil

The strange last journey of an old man from this life. ... Read more

20 May 2018

11 MINS

11:28

20 May 2018


#37

Poor Butterfly

Two girls get away from it all in a borrowed Studebaker, and get diverted on their way to the coast. ... Read more

14 Jan 2018

10 MINS

10:48

14 Jan 2018


#36

My Journey

Episode 36 ... a little bit of autobiography: part of the story of the inception of 'Stories from the Borders of Sleep'. ... Read more

23 Sep 2015

15 MINS

15:12

23 Sep 2015


#35

The Night of the Nipperquins

Writting for the wedding of a friend, this story recounts the strangest wedding night of all time. ... Read more

01 Sep 2015

21 MINS

21:49

01 Sep 2015


#34

Hitting it Out of the Park

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. ... Read more

20 Jul 2015

13 MINS

13:28

20 Jul 2015


#33

Thrice Buried

As in the King, so in the Kingdom. But how terrible, then, for the Kingdom if the King has lost the will to live... ... Read more

07 Jul 2015

31 MINS

31:44

07 Jul 2015


#32

Kalakut's Gift

This is a story about a little girl and a volcano and it's also about a grandfather and a fish, and a village and a rock ... and many other things if you listen carefully. ... Read more

01 Jul 2014

21 MINS

21:15

01 Jul 2014


#31

The Jellyfarglemarsh

Here we are, back after a long hiatus, kicking off a new season of fortnightly podcasts with episode 31 - a tale containing a lot of made-up words ... ... Read more

13 Jul 2013

13 MINS

13:03

13 Jul 2013


#30

Cantatur in Taberna

A cautionary tale about drinking in strange taverns. ... Read more

18 Aug 2012

21 MINS

21:38

18 Aug 2012


#29

Returning Student

Can there be learning without books? Can there be as much to ponder in a day of walking as in a term of studying? A student is forced to face these questions on his way home for the summer. ... Read more

30 Jul 2012

17 MINS

17:33

30 Jul 2012


#28

The Other Side of the Hedge by E.M. Forster

Occasionally on this podcast, we feature the work of another author from the public domain. This week we have a short story by the marvellous E.M Forster. Writing in the first half of the twentieth century, his romantic soul was troubled by the march of "so called" progress and his voice is still prophetic in our own times. Enjoy! ... Read more

19 Jul 2012

17 MINS

17:02

19 Jul 2012


#27

Iron and Wood

A woodcutter, a sailor, a lace maker, and a mysterious old woman ... sounds like a fairytale to me.   ... Read more

22 Apr 2012

23 MINS

23:23

22 Apr 2012


#26

Michigan Water

It's December 1939, a hard winter in Harlem and pianist Jelly Roll Morton is plotting his return to fame. Tragically, in just over a year he would be dead. ... Read more

05 Mar 2012

08 MINS

08:10

05 Mar 2012


#25

The Wisdom of Things Found

If you listen to anything, animal, vegetable or mineral, in time it will disclose some secret wisdom to you that you are obligated to share with others. Here is a story about a man who knew all that he knew because of what the sea brought to him. ... Read more

20 Feb 2012

14 MINS

14:47

20 Feb 2012


#24

Fighting Lions

Welcome to "Stories from the Borders of Sleep" Episode 24. Rome ... Romantic? Oppressive? You decide, but just be aware that strange things might happen if you are at a loose end in the vicinity of the Colisseum. ... Read more

06 Feb 2012

09 MINS

09:42

06 Feb 2012


#23

The Ferryman

Turpin Whittington has a few problems: an unusual name, complete deafness in his left ear and an uncontrollable tendency to get lost in fairy-land but somehow he makes good. ... Read more

28 Jan 2012

22 MINS

22:49

28 Jan 2012


#22

The Unhappy Body by Lord Dunsany

Every once in a while, we have decided to unearth a short story from the public domain and to give it the "Borders of Sleep" treatment. Here's a curious tale originally published in 1910 by Lord Dunsany in a collection entitled A Dreamer's Tales. Enjoy! ... Read more

21 Jan 2012

10 MINS

10:18

21 Jan 2012


#21

Moving in Mysterious Ways

What lies beyond the chess board? A few chess pieces get to find out ... ... Read more

22 Dec 2011

16 MINS

16:37

22 Dec 2011