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Stories from the Borders of Sleep

51 EpisodesProduced by Seymour JacklinWebsite

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… read more

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The Spudfellow

December 14th, 2021


The humble potato has the power to bring so much joy.

The Artisan, The Abbot and the Architect

October 17th, 2021


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 …

Monday Mechanical CLub

August 4th, 2021


This is a story about a stenography machine, and an unusual group of people who meet in a basement ....

To Catch a Skerrid

April 12th, 2021


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 …

The Frog and Banjo

February 26th, 2021


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.

Sketching and Painting

October 26th, 2020


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

Brother Savion

August 21st, 2020


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

The Librarian

May 1st, 2020


"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 …

Chippie and Angus

March 29th, 2020


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

Lady Isabella

March 6th, 2020


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

Horseless Carriage

January 15th, 2020


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


November 19th, 2018


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

Water Cure

July 13th, 2018


Inspired by a piece of music by Paul Morris ( this story tells of a strange visit to an unusual …

Mortal Uncoil

May 20th, 2018


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

Poor Butterfly

January 14th, 2018


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

My Journey

September 23rd, 2015


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

The Night of the Nipperquins

September 1st, 2015


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

Hitting it Out of the Park

July 20th, 2015


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 …

Thrice Buried

July 7th, 2015


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

Kalakut's Gift

July 1st, 2014


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 …

The Jellyfarglemarsh

July 13th, 2013


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 ...

Cantatur in Taberna

August 18th, 2012


A cautionary tale about drinking in strange taverns.

Returning Student

July 30th, 2012


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.

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

July 19th, 2012


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 …

Iron and Wood

April 22nd, 2012


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

Michigan Water

March 5th, 2012


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 …

The Wisdom of Things Found

February 20th, 2012


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 …

Fighting Lions

February 6th, 2012


Welcome to "Stories from the Borders of Sleep" Episode 24. Rome ... Romantic? Oppressive? You decide, but just be aware that strange things might …

The Ferryman

January 28th, 2012


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 …

The Unhappy Body by Lord Dunsany

January 21st, 2012


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 …

Moving in Mysterious Ways

December 22nd, 2011


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

Bear Bridge

November 25th, 2011


A tale in which a baker gets the better of some savage bears with the help of a mysterious miller.


November 15th, 2011


Stitched together from ideas that occurred to me while out walking the dog, my ponderings on the nature of fear, a dream from a long time ago, and a …

The Seven Legged Spider

November 3rd, 2011


This story does not do what it says on the tin. Not to give too much away, but: It is based on a folk tale that is still told in many variations …

Wild Blue Yonder

October 28th, 2011


Here is a deep dive into the ocean and beyond, to carry you far away in your imagination, to dream within dreams, or just to help you get to sleep ... enjoy!

Beth and the Emerantil

October 22nd, 2011


A story of a young girl who intends to become a princess by marrying a prince one day, yet in a single night she meets a strange shadow and an even stranger creature who shows her things no princess has ever seen.


October 6th, 2011


A fragment of autobiographical memory, introducing one of the many creatures that inhabited my childhood. 

A Tale of TwoPots

September 29th, 2011


Another folk tale adapted for "Stories from the Borders of Sleep" by Seymour Jacklin. If you are enjoying these stories please rate them on iTunes or …

Between Two Tides

September 22nd, 2011


Here is another story that is a retelling of a vivid and lengthy dream I had many years ago. A stranger is washed up on a beach, barely alive. Years later he tries to recover his memories of a very different time and …


September 15th, 2011


This is a story about ... a clown, that's about all I can say without giving the game away!

Balthazar's Chandelier

September 5th, 2011


Welcome to episode 11 of Stories from the Borders of Sleep, which tells of an extraordinary day in the life of a humble servant who was trying his best to keep a low profile ...

This is one of many stories that I have …

Swee-swee and the Cobbler

August 22nd, 2011


I adapted this story from one that appears in the writings of Richard Wurmbrand, a Romanian Christian pastor who was imprisoned by the communists for …

Two Handkerchiefs

August 4th, 2011


The latest podcast from This one is a "fairy tale" ... well ... it does have fairies in it but it may not be "happily ever after" in the quite the same way as most fairy tales end. You will also …

The Trespassers

July 25th, 2011


A cautionary tale, and not for the feint of heart. This is a story about what befalls a party of revellers on their way home one night.

The Cat and The Mouse

July 7th, 2011


Dear Listener,

Traditionally we know that cats and mice do not get on with one another - it's a cat-eat-mouse world! But here is a story that just …


June 23rd, 2011


Three schoolboys and an idyllic midsummer evening on the river Thames, echoing in the memory forever.

This is a short snapshot, the very briefest of …


June 9th, 2011


Dear Listener,

What is greatness, anyway? I guess we all have a different idea of what it means to be "great". Here is a story about someone who was rather like a lot of us, and certainly a lot like me, who had never …

One Stormy Night

May 27th, 2011


What are archaeologists really looking for? This one is digging up his own soul. This week's story is longer than the usual Borders of Sleep fare …

Tree and Stream

April 18th, 2011


If you were water, what sort of water would you be?

Would you be the water in a stream or the water in a tree?

Or would you be ice or vapour?

And …

Water in the Desert

March 28th, 2011


Here's a story that is a precise retelling of a dream that I had many years ago. Make of it what you will; but, for my part, I have never been able …

The Prince and the Bird

March 3rd, 2011


Where a prince discovers that everything in his kingdom is also in his own soul.

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