Sleep Stories

Commission for Durham Book Festival 2021

We are delighted to be working with three leading British writers on this series of podcasts inspired by the theme of sleep.

Durham Book Festival, Politecnico di Milano, and Northumbria University have co-commissioned exclusive short stories from poet and author Salena Godden, whose debut novel, Mrs Death Misses Death was shortlisted for the 2021 Gordon Burn Prize, award-winning poet Andrew McMillan, whose latest collection is pandemonium, and acclaimed novelist Jenn Ashworth, whose latest novel is Ghosted.

Each podcast is introduced by Dr Diletta De Cristofaro, Professor Jason Ellis and Dr Erik Hoel, who explore the science and culture of sleep.

The first podcast episode, “Daffodilly Dreams”, written and read by Salena Godden and introduced by neuroscientist Dr Erik Hoel, is available to listen below.

Read a transcript of Episode One here.

The second podcast episode, “The Night Watch”, written and read by Jenn Ashworth and introduced by literary and cultural studies scholar Dr Diletta De Cristofaro,is available to listen below.

Read a transcript of Episode Two here.

The final episode will be released on Saturday 23 October.

To launch the commission, a roundtable event with Salena, Diletta, Jason and Erik was held on Saturday 9 October and is available to watch on demand until 31st October.

From left to right: Andrew McMillan, Salena Godden, and Jenn Ashworth

“Sleep Stories” has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement 892459. The Agency is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information the “Sleep Stories” commission contains.