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Tales by the Fireside - Bedtime stories and sleep meditation

Author: Joe Fireside

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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.

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Today, we have a cheeky bonus episode to celebrate Fathers Day. A story in honour of the beautiful and massively underappreciated dad-joke. Presenting "My Dad's Jokes Are Very (Terribly, Awfully, Painfully) Bad!", by Jacob Eckeberger. Thank you Jacob for allowing me to tell your story, and if you would like to find out more about this book, or pick up a copy for yourself, please check out https://mydadsbadjokes.comI sincerely hope you enjoy it. If you do, please let me know by leaving a comment, like or review and subscribing to whatever platform you are listening on. We are also crowdfunding for the continued existence and expansion of the show, should you wish to get involved, please check out gofundme.com/talesbythefireside. Everything you do and every interaction you make really does mean the world. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Tonight, we have a story of Pirates and Parrots. Of Princes and pushmi-pullyus. of fishermen, sharks and swallows. Of travelling across the jungles in search of a way home, and the seas in search of family. Proudly presenting the conclusion of “Doctor Dolittle” by Hugh Lofting, published in 1950. I'd like to thank everyone on the Tales by the Fireside Facebook page who helped vote in the next stories, and everyone's patience while I have got this second part out to you.This second part was great to read, and satisfying to finish, and I sincerely hope you enjoy it. If you do, please let me know by leaving a comment, like or review and subscribing to whatever platform you are listening on. We are also crowdfunding for the continued existence and expansion of the show, should you wish to get involved, please check out gofundme.com/talesbythefireside. Everything you do and every interaction you make really does mean the world. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
After a long, unintended break, WE ARE FINALLY BACK! I would like to apologise for the delay in delivering new content, and assure you that issues are now resolved, and the show will continue as it used to. Please bear with me as I slowly release my back-catalogue of content over the next week or so!I would like to sincerely thank you all for your continued support, patience and love.Joe x--Tonight, we have a story about one of the worlds most famous fairy tale princesses. A story about evil stepmothers, and fairy godmothers. A story of pumpkins and lizards and mice, without the bibbiddy bobbiddy boo.Proudly presenting "Cinderella", by an unknown author. I really do hope you enjoy this retelling of the famous fairy tale. If you would like to hear more of this kind of stuff, please let me know by leaving a comment, like or review, or subscribing to whatever platform you are listening on.We are also crowdfunding for the continued existence and expansion of the show, should you wish to get involved, please check out gofundme.com/talesbythefireside. Everything you do and every interaction you make really does mean the world. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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 do, please let me know by leaving a comment, like or review, or subscribing to whatever platform you are listening on.We are also crowdfunding for the continued existence and expansion of the show, should you wish to get involved, please check out gofundme.com/talesbythefireside. Everything you do and every interaction you make really does mean the world. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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 stories, and I am happy to provide part one of this wonderful story for you. This is great fun to read, and I sincerely hope you enjoy it. If you do, please let me know by leaving a comment, like or review and subscribing to whatever platform you are listening on. We are also crowdfunding for the continued existence and expansion of the show, should you wish to get involved, please check out gofundme.com/talesbythefireside. Everything you do and every interaction you make really does mean the world. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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 dreamsPresenting 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 selection of stories, the links of which will be in the description. All of these books have marvellous illustrations and would suit any bedtime.Fireflies: www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08QFBN1F6/ Never Been Thirstier:www.amazon.com/Never-Been-Thirstier-Maya-Page/dp/B08KH3RYM2Let’s Go Dreaming and Sleep, Tiny Dreamer:www.letsgodreaming.com/If you like this style of episode, please let me know by leaving a comment, like or review, or subscribing to whatever platform you are listening on.We are also crowdfunding for the continued existence and expansion of the show, should you wish to get involved, please check out gofundme.com/talesbythefireside. Everything you do and every interaction you make really does mean the world. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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 voice as it leads us along the trail.I would love to hear how you find this visualisation meditation. Please let me know by leaving a review or comment, and subscribing to whatever platform you are listening on.---Head over to our website to listen to other episodes, find all players and join the mailing list!www.talesbythefireside.comWe are also crowdfunding for the continued existence and expansion of the show, should you wish to get involved, please check out gofundme.com/talesbythefireside. Everything you do and every interaction you make really does mean the world. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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 you would like to hear more of this kind of stuff, please let me know by leaving a comment, like or review, or subscribing to whatever platform you are listening on.---Head over to our website to listen to other episodes, find all players and join the mailing list!www.talesbythefireside.comWe are also crowdfunding for the continued existence and expansion of the show, should you wish to get involved, please check out gofundme.com/talesbythefireside. Everything you do and every interaction you make really does mean the world. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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 Facebook under RowanGreyBooks. I really do hope you enjoy this journey through magically created worlds.. If you would like to hear more of this kind of genre, please let me know by leaving a comment, like or review, or subscribing to whatever platform you are listening on. Everything you do and every interaction you make really does mean the world.---We are also crowdfunding for the continued existence and expansion of the show, should you wish to get involved, please check out gofundme.com/talesbythefireside See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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 know by leaving a comment, like or review, or subscribing to whatever platform you are listening on.---Head over to our website to listen to other episodes, find all players and join the mailing list!www.talesbythefireside.comWe are also crowdfunding for the continued existence and expansion of the show, should you wish to get involved, please check out gofundme.com/talesbythefireside. Everything you do and every interaction you make really does mean the world. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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.com, or follow her on Facebook.com/tammybtsonis.---Head over to our website to listen to other episodes, find all players and join the mailing list!www.talesbythefireside.comWe are also crowdfunding for the continued existence and expansion of the show, should you wish to get involved, please check out gofundme.com/talesbythefireside. Everything you do and every interaction you make really does mean the world. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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 platform you are listening on.---Head over to our website to listen to other episodes, find all players and join the mailing list!www.talesbythefireside.comWe are also crowdfunding for the continued existence and expansion of the show, should you wish to get involved, please check out gofundme.com/talesbythefireside. Everything you do and every interaction you make really does mean the world. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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 in 80 Days and Journey to the Centre of the Earth fame) but has since been seen to be more the work of his son, Michael, working in partnership with his father and publishing this work.If you would like to hear more of this genre, please let me know by leaving a comment, like or review, or subscribing to whatever platform you are listening on.---Head over to our website to listen to other episodes, find all players and join the mailing list!www.talesbythefireside.comWe are also crowdfunding for the continued existence and expansion of the show, should you wish to get involved, please check out gofundme.com/talesbythefireside. Everything you do and every interaction you make really does mean the world. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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 out more information and find extra activities on the authors website, www.meaghanaxel.com/If you would like to hear more of this kind of thing, please let me know by leaving a rating or review, or subscribing to whatever platform you are listening on.Joe x---Head over to our website to listen to other episodes, find all players and join the mailing list!www.talesbythefireside.comWe are also crowdfunding for the continued existence and expansion of the show, should you wish to get involved, please check out gofundme.com/talesbythefireside. Everything you do and every interaction you make really does mean the world. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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 a a rating or review, and subscribing to whatever platform you are listening on.Joe x---Head over to our website to listen to other episodes, find all players and join the mailing list!www.talesbythefireside.comWe are also crowdfunding for the continued existence and expansion of the show, should you wish to get involved, please check out gofundme.com/talesbythefireside. Everything you do and every interaction you make really does mean the world. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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 this book up for yourself. If you would like to, you can on Amazon, or audiobook form.Head over to our website to listen to other episodes, find all players and join the mailing list!www.talesbythefireside.comPlease consider supporting us on GoFundMe! Please check out gofundme.com/talesbythefiresideJoe x See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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 subscribing to whatever platform you are listening on.---Head over to our website to listen to other episodes, find all players and join the mailing list!www.talesbythefireside.comIf you would like to support the show, head over to www.talesbythefireside.com/support See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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 being told the stories of Beatrix Potter, and I am very happy I can, in some way, continue this family tradition by reading these stories for you. I really do hope you enjoy them. The episode starts with Tom Kitten, and Mrs. Tiggy-winkle begins at 08.20.If you do, please let me know by leaving a like, a review, or comment and subscribing to whatever platform you are listening on.Head over to our website to listen to other episodes, find all players and join the mailing list!www.talesbythefireside.comIf you would like to support the show, head over to www.talesbythefireside.com/support See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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 interesting to me, as I have always been fascinated by the Native American culture, and how it’s shamanic ways and tribal customs always seemed mystical and shrouded in mystery. This masterful poem allows us to peek in to some of the beautiful and elaborate legends and beliefs of some Native American Nations.Head over to our website to listen to other episodes, find all players and join the mailing list!www.talesbythefireside.comIf you would like to support the show, head over to www.talesbythefireside.com/support See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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.If you enjoy this episode, please let me know by leaving a like, a review, or comment and subscribing to whatever platform you are listening on.Head over to our website to listen to other episodes, find all players and join the mailing list! www.talesbythefireside.comIf you would like to support the show, head over to www.talesbythefireside.com/support See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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Holly Earl

I love this podcast so much! It's so good to listen to to go to sleep. I really struggle falling to sleep and I've been listening to this every night for the past few weeks and it's really been helping! I've recommended it to all my friends and would recommend it to everyone else!

Mar 10th
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ElizaBeth Marshall-Smith

YIKES, Please 🥺 don't let your sponsors blast out commercials... Do them yourself.... 'soft spoken'

Nov 16th
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