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.... Show More

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March 3, 2021 71 min

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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Tonight, we have a story about wicked witches and winged monkeys. A story of silver shoes and golden caps. A story of Hammer-Heads, Winkies, beasts and people made of dainty china. A story about returning home.


Proudly presenting the concluding Part Two of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”, written by L. Frank Baum, originally published in 1900. Thank you to everyone who took part in our Facebook poll and helped decide we should have thi...

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Tonight, we are taking a journey together through a peaceful forest on your own private island. Basking in the glory of nature before finding our welcoming 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 voice as it leads us along the trail.


I would love to hear how you find this visualisation meditation. Please le...

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Tonight, we have a story about lions, scarecrows and tinmen. A story about brains, and courage and heart. A story about being far from home. A story, about somewhere over the rainbow.


Proudly presenting part one of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”, written by L. Frank Baum, originally published in 1900. Thank you to everyone who took part in our Facebook poll and helped decide we should have this episode next. I sincerely hope you enjoy...

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February 10, 2021 23 min

A story about churches, and nature. A story about grief and beauty and hope. A story utterly suffused with emotion. A story about cultivation.


Proudly presenting “The Love Hundred” by Neil Willis. The talented poet returns to Tales by the Fireside to share a very personal piece with us. Follow him on Facebook at NWPoetry and show him some support. Thank you for letting me read this out Neil.

P.S. a “hundred” in this context, is a pi...

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February 6, 2021 22 min

Tonight, we have three short stories about being able to do it, if you try hard enough. Stories about never giving up, even if it seems really hard. Stories about seagulls, and waves, and octopuses. Stories, about succeeding.


Presenting, the "I Can Do Stories" written by Sally Tears. A wonderful collection of short stories with charming illustrations. Should you wish to purchase this for yourself, you can on Amazon, or via t...

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February 3, 2021 17 min

Tonight, we have a story about the lasting impacts childhood memories can have on us. A story about the value of our roots and those who helped us grow. A story, about returning home.


Presenting another Fireside Community Author Spotlight, “Life and the Piazza” written by Tammy B. Tsonis.


For more information on the author and her new book, please visit her website, tammybtsonis-author.com, or follow her on Facebook.com/tammybtsonis...

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February 1, 2021 46 min

Tonight, we have a story about princes and princesses, of good fairies and bad ones, of curses and counter curses. A story, of moonlight.


Presenting, “Little Daylight” by George MacDonald, as published in 1871.


If you enjoy this story, please let me know by leaving a rating or review or subscribing on whatever platform you’re listening on. Every interaction truly means the world to this channel.


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January 30, 2021 12 min

Tonight, we have a story about one little farmyard animal’s quest to see a job well done. A story that teaches us the value of hard work and determination, even when surrounded by those who might not be so helpful. A story about just rewards.


Presenting the old family favourite, The Little Red Hen, as retold by Florence white Williams in 1916.


As always, if you enjoyed this episode please do let me know by leaving a rating or review,...

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Tonight, we have a story about mystery and deceit, about red headed men and strange job situations, about pawnbrokers, plots and counter plots.


The worlds greatest detective and his faithful assistant return in Arthur Conan Doyle's “Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” second installment, “The Red-Headed League”. As published in 1891.


As always, if you enjoyed this episode please do let me know by leaving a rating or review, liking or ...

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Tonight, we have a short story about a little girl who doesn’t want to go to school today. About how being the shortest in the class, really might not be such a bad thing after all. A story, about positivity.


Presenting “Being Small (Isn’t so bad after all)”, written by Lori Orlinsky. A charming book with lovely illustrations and an encouraging message. Thank you Lori for allowing me to read out your gorgeous little book. Should you...

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Tonight, we have another guided meditation. This time, we are focusing on reducing anxious thoughts through understanding anxiety, and positive affirmations before counting down together for sleep.


Please do let me know how this worked for you, either by leaving a rating or review and subscribing to the show.


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Tonight, we have a story about the world’s youngest detective. A story about cats, cases and clocks, of partners and penguins, of milk and of mysteries.

Presenting another Fireside Community Author Spotlight piece, “The LittleBig Detectives” written by Alexandra Antipa. I would like to thank Alexandra for allowing me to read these excerpts from her wonderful book. You can purchase it for yourself here: https://www.amazon.com/Little...

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January 13, 2021 56 min

Tonight, we have a story about a strange untrustworthy man, and the life insurance officer whom is his adversary. A story about plots and counter plots, of vendettas and shadows, of brandy and middle partings.


Presenting "Hunted Down" written by Charles Dickens, published in 1860. An author more widely known for "A Christmas Carol" or "Great Expectations", tonight we have a much more insidious and dark tale. ...

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January 9, 2021 29 min

Tonight, we have a set of stories about a lovely little kitten. Stories about imagination, creativity, and believing in yourself. Stories about friendship.


Presenting "The Alycat Series", written by Alysson Foti Borque. A charming set of books with wonderful art. I would like to thank Alysson for allowing me to read this series, and would urge you all to check out the website www.alycatseries.com for more information and to ...

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Tonight's story is about a humble monk, and a fable for us all to share. A story about treating our natural world with the respect and reverence it deserves.


A story, about the majesty of Nepal.


Presenting another Fireside Community Spotlight piece, The Magical Ring Of Trees by Lucia Huybrechts, part of a larger story inspired by the authors travels around Nepal and the Himalayas.


You can purchase the full book here: https://www....

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Tonight, we have a continuation of Liana Wall's wonderful story of fairies and power, of dreams and hope, of journeys and destinations, of courage and dreams.


Presenting part two of the Wishing Well Collection.


You can find more information about this lovely book here: www.thewishingwellcollection.com


As always, if you enjoy the content, please do consider leaving a rating or review or subscribing. Every interaction truly does mea...

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Tonight's story, is "Love and Friendship", part of Jane Austen's "Juvenilia", a collection of short stories and novels she wrote in her youth. This particular story was written in around 1790, when she was just a young girl. This is a tale of fortunes and favours, of suitors and supplicants, of swooning and sensibilities. Of love, and tragedy. In the form of several letters, a woman explains her hardships an...

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