Tales by the Fireside - Bedtime stories and sleep meditation

Tales by the Fireside - Bedtime stories and sleep meditation

Weekly stories for both adults and children, Specially crafted to help you sleep. Old favourites, new creations and interesting information carefully selected and lovingly read for you, with the sole intention of giving you a good nights sleep. Designed for you to press play, maximise the screen and put your device down, with the crackling of the fire to soothe you, and the story to play out in your mind. Please join our thriving Facebook Community at facebook.com/talesbythefireside. Check out our website for ways to support the show, listen to all the episodes and join the mailing-list: www.talesbythefireside.com All Tales told are with the express permission of the rights holders, or are in the public domain. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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May 1, 2021 10 min

Tonight, we have a story about a mischievous little cat, and his misadventures. A story about puppies and mice and fish. A story, flushed with the charm of innocence.

Presenting “The Tales of Punky Dunk, The Cat”, written in 1912, by an unknown author. This book started appearing in a little bookshop in Chicago, but the authors name is lost to antiquity.


I really hope you enjoy listening to this short, children's book. If you d...

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Tonight, we have a story of animals. Lots of Animals. Of parrots and crocodiles and swallows and monkeys and old plough-horses.?A story of being able to talk many, many different languages. A story about a very famous doctor, and his humble beginnings.


Proudly presenting part one of?“Doctor Dolittle” by Hugh Lofting, published in 1950.


Id like to thank everyone on the Tales by the Fireside Facebook page who helped vote in the next s...

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Tonight, we have a series of short stories. Stories about fireflies and puppies, about bear cubs and dreaming. Of flying and sailing and swimming and dancing. Stories, of sleep and dreams


Presenting four stories tonight. Firstly “Fireflies” written by Carolyn Watson-Dubisch, followed by “Never Been Thirstier” by Maya Page, then with “Let’s go Dreaming” and finally “Sleep, Tiny Dreamer” written by Shanita Allen.


A truly wonderful sel...

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Tonight, we have another guided meditation. This time, we are taking a journey together through a tropical forest, and then along a warm, golden sandy beach, utterly revelling in the wonder of nature and the peace of the ocean, before again, finding our tranquil campsite and settling down for sleep.


Visualisation meditation takes our mind on a journey where we imaginatively engage all our senses. All we have to do is follow the voic...

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April 17, 2021 46 min

Tonight, we have a series of stories written to spark the imagination. Stories of dragons and planes, of flies and farms, of kings and  honey. Of goodness, gratefulness and friendship.


Presenting “Jacobs Tales” written by Loreta Yono. A charming storybook I heartily recommend picking up for yourself. You can find this on Amazon, and support the author on Facebook.


I really do hope you enjoy this wonderful collection of stories. If yo...

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April 14, 2021 117 min

Tonight, we have a story of the magic of writing. A story of worlds and netherworlds, of gifts and beauty, of life and loss and journeys. A story, about the power of the imagination.


Proudly presenting “The Parchment” written by Rowan Grey. A thoroughly encapsulating and well written story I am happy to read for you now.


This wonderful tale is available here: amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B08LBSBYQ6, and you can follow the author on Facebo...

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Tonight, we have an old family favourite. A story you almost certainly have heard before, but maybe not in its original form. A story of bricks and sticks and straw. Of butter churns and cooking pots. Of chinny chin chins.


Proudly presenting “The Three Little Pigs”, retold and edited by Joe Fireside.


I really do hope you enjoy this rendition of this ancient tale. If you would like to hear more of this kind of thing, please let me kno...

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A short story, of a day in the turbulent life of an armed forces spouse. A story about moving from place to place, and the adjustments we need to make as we go. A story about new places, but old companions. A story, about finding home again.


Proudly presenting, “A Place to Rest Your Paws” written by returning author Tammy B. Tsonis.


For more information on the author and her new book, please visit her website, tammybtsonis-author.c...

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Tonight, we have a story about a goose and her little baby goslings. A story of mysterious disappearances and the hard job of thinking. Of roosters and hens, and foxes and fidos. A story, of a mothers protection.


Presenting “The Wise Mamma Goose” by Charlotte B. Herr, originally published in 1913. I really do hope you enjoy listening.


If you do, please let me know by leaving a comment, like or review, or subscribing to whatever plat...

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March 31, 2021 40 min

Tonight, we have a story about the far future, written from the perspective of the past. A story of telephotes and commutators, of editors and ambassadors, of newspapers and reporters. A story of one day in the life of the busiest man in the world.


Proudly presenting “In The Year 2889” written by Jules and Michael Verne in 1889. This story was originally published under the well known and famous name Jules Verne (of Around the World...

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Tonight, we have two stories about the power you have. Stories about mindfulness, about consideration, about kindness and meaning. Stories about the wonder of you.


Proudly presenting the “Powerful Me” series, The Power in Me, and The Power in Words, written by Meaghan Axel. These two books, complete with powerful concepts in rhyming form and delightful illustrations are worthy additions to any children's library. You can find ou...

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March 24, 2021 138 min

Tonight, we have a story of murder and mystery. A story of futuristic technology and old fashion police work. A story of women in blue fire, nuclear experimentation and lies and conspiracy. A story, about the greater good.


Proudly presenting “Twelve Times Zero” by Howard Browne, published in 1950. 


I really do hope you enjoy this 1950s murder mystery. If you would like to hear more of this kind of stuff, please let me know by leaving...

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March 20, 2021 108 min

Tonight, we have a story about a bright little girl and a wonderfully strange house. About a very unique aunt with a very unique job. About plenty of purple, about stars, about flowers, about the man on the moon and about pompous neighbours. A story, about blooming in your own time.


Presenting “Prosperity Lane”, written by Payden Hall. It is an absolute pleasure to read, well written and enchanting. I thoroughly recommend picking th...

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Tonight, we have another guided meditation, this time, we will focus on relieving stress using a well-established meditative method.


You can follow my voice and give yourself to the imagery and we can relax together. 


As always, please ensure you are comfortable by either sitting or lying down, and are well supported.


I would love to hear how you find this meditation. Please let me know by leaving a review or comment, and subscribin...

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Tonight, we have a story of a fat little kitten and his sisters, a story of Puddle-ducks and buttonless clothing, of getting dirty and not being fit to be seen!

And another, of a darling old washer-woman. Of a mysterious door in the side of the hill, and a very prickly encounter.


Proudly presenting the Tales of Tom Kitten and Mrs. Tiggy-winkle, by Beatrix Potter, in their original texts of 1907 and 1905 respectively.


I grew up bein...

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March 10, 2021 209 min

Tonight, we have a story of creation and destruction. Of joy, and sorrow, of war and peace, of gods and goddesses, of rivers and animals and the wonders of nature. An epic story about Native American folklore and legends.


Proudly presenting a slightly abridged version of “The Song of Hiawatha”, written by Henry W Longfellow, originally written in 1855.


This is by far the longest episode I have ever released, and was really interestin...

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Tonight, we have a story about fairies, and beauty. A story about one little girls journey into a magical kingdom. A story about kindness.


Presenting “A World Beyond the Rainbow”, written by Adrita Goswami. This book was written when the author was only 13 years old, and that innocence and charm really does shine through in this story.


Should you wish to purchase the book for yourself, you can on www.amazon.com/dp/B07CN61YNT.


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Tonight, we have a story about life, and death, and love. A story about hauntings, nobility and Americans. About blood stains, suits of armour and hidden rooms. A story of fear and terror, but not necessarily in the way you might imagine.

Proudly presenting “The Canterville Ghost” written by Oscar Wilde. This was the very first of his stories to be published, back in 1887. This was great fun to read, and I sincerely hope you enjoy ...

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February 27, 2021 14 min

Tonight, we have a story about a happy little otter and his families very special rock. A story about squawking seagulls and cracking clams. A story, about learning very important lessons from very important people.


Presenting a Fireside Community Author Spotlight, “The Greatest Treasure” written by Stefanie Fields. An absolute pleasure to read and one your little ones will enjoy. The illustrations are particularly lovely and I real...

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Tonight, we have a story about a man with an aging condition like no other. A story about the oddity of life and death and society in the late 1800’s. A story about what it could be like, if we aged backwards.


Proudly presenting “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, as part of his “Tales from the Jazz Age” novel, published in 1922. This original story is a little different to the blockbuster film with...

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