About The Fireside and the Team Behind it

Our Five Key Principles

BETTER QUALITY OF SLEEP MEANS BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE
We all know just how important sleep is to our lives.
We are committed to providing you high quality content, and trustworthy advice, helping you get a better night sleep

THE FIRESIDE IS MORE THAN A SHOW, IT IS A COMMUNITY
The same way that sleep and dreams are an experience we collectively share, the Fireside is a Community in which we can all share our stories, our experiences and our dreams, together

THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A BAD STORY
Oh sure, there are stories that might not resonate with us personally, but someone, somewhere, on some level, has connected with every single story ever told.
For every story there is a teller, and a listener.
For every story, there is an impact and an emotion.
For every story, there is a life

LIKE THE FIRESIDES OF OLD, THIS IS A PLACE FOR US ALL TO SHARE
This is not the place for one voice, for one storyteller, for one author. This is a place for many of us to come together and share the Tales we know and we love.
A Tale must be shared, otherwise it is but a concept.
Through Community comes variation and life.

TALES COME IN MANY FORMS
Tales are not just "stories". They can be poems, a recounting of a memory, a guide for others.
We are committed to sharing as varied a selection of Tales as possible

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Our Beginnings

My partner often has trouble sleeping. Sometimes it can take her hours to fall asleep unaided. She tried apps, meditations, noises and audiobooks to speed up the process, but nothing really stuck. We came up with a little game, where I would ask her questions and form the skeleton of a story, and then I would make one up on the fly with my so called “sleepy voice”.
This seemed to work wonders, and almost always sent her off to sleep pretty rapidly. She then wondered if perhaps it might help other people, and thus Tales by the Fireside was born.

The Duo

And that also introduces the two people behind the podcast, Joe, the voice, the designer and the writer, and Frances, the organiser, the marketer and my ever-present motivation and biggest fan. From where we live on the Oxfordshire border, we are trying to help as many people as we possibly can, and so far, the response has been very humbling. It really seems to work for people and the audience seem to really enjoy and resonate with the idea.

Our Mission

I would like to invite you all to join the Fireside Community, on our quest to improve the quality of sleep, and therefore, the quality of life of as many people as possible.