Volume Four


Volume Four: Sleepyhead
Published 22nd October 2011.
Tom Barry’s Bar, Barrack St, Cork.

A tale about sleeping, a child trying to better a parent, and pure imagination.

Current Custodian: Twelfth Recipient: Natalie McCormack, Cork City. 9th July 2014



Eleventh Recipient: Ruairi De Barra, Cobh, Co. Cork, Ireland. 20th February 2014.


February 2014. Elle Detonet has finally managed to decide who shall be next for Sleepyhead. It’s taken 11 months, though Sleepyhead was missing for seven of those, but it’s finally happened. Jazz hands please for Ruairi De Barra.

November 2013: Well, well, well I was right. Sleepyhead going missing was part of the Universe’s plan for it. Because it has turned up safe and sound…..in the home of Elle Detonet who, of course, lost it. It turns out to be a classic case of putting something in a safe place so as not to lose it, and then forgetting the safe place. All I can say id I’m delighted! Thrilled, in fact. Perhaps even delirious!!! I wonder who will be next!

June 2013 – Unfortunately Elle Detonet mislaid Volume Four: Sleepyhead in May 2013. How this happened is anyone’s guess – especially as Elle Detonet had been extraordinarily vigilant about Sleepyhead’s safety while in India (where the beautiful photographs below was taken) where she was working when Dave Allen forwarded it to her in March 2013. But happen it did. And I am left grieving the loss of a tale and a One Short Story To Be Told volume. But I am not going to arrange a funeral or remembrance service for Sleepyhead. Rather I am going to take the view that it’s disappearance is what the Universe had planned for it. And hope that someday, someone, somewhere will find this beautiful book, read it and go to the troubling of contacting me via the contact details contained within. In the meantime I’ll be keeping fingers, toes and eyes crossed, and reminding myself (because Sleepyhead went missing in Ireland) that the Irish love stories, and are very, very good at reaching out to people!


Tenth Recipient; Elee Detonet, Mumbai, India. 22nd March 2013.

One Short Story To Be Told Volume Four: Sleepyhead being admired in Mumbai, India.WHAT ELLE SAID:

SleepyHead must have been sleepy by the time it arrived in India – it have travelled all the way from down under, and passed through many hands at Asian customs, before finally arriving in Mumbai in March 2013, after all. Our first trip was to a local temple where I lit candles and bought rosary beads that ended up coming everywhere with Volume Four: Sleepyhead for the remainder of it’s time with me. And it came into my possession at a time where I was myself very sleepy. Living in the madness of Mumbai, where the constant beeping of the millions of rickshaws and cars keep people like me awake well into the wee hours, I spent many a day hidden under my covers (just like John Winston, the main character in Sleepyhead) praying for sleep to finally come!
Reading SleepyHead reminded me of my childhood, and the battle my mother had to get me (and my sister) out if bed every morning for school. The snooze button being constantly activated, mother’s endless trips to the room, and our insistence on ‘ just 5 more minutes’ still provide great memories – and Sleepyhead activated them!

SleepyHead also proved very popular in India for more than the quality of the writing. It is, after all, a beautifully presented book. So when I had it out and about (and I brought it everywhere) locals were always curious to know what I was reading. It drew audiences on the beach,in cafes, and on one occasion kids living in a slum area surrounded me, and were fighting to hold it – even though there was a mini circus nearby!
But my favourite trip with Volume Four: Sleepyhead was to one of Mumbais most famous landmarks: Leopolds Cafe. Leopolds was the local pub for many of Mumbais gansters , and was heavily detailed in Gregory David Roberts (one of Mumbais biggest drug dealers) best selling book, Shantaram.
And its fame was sealed in 2008 when staff members and customers were killed when terrorists opened fire on the cafe. Brilliantly the owners refused to be closed down, and opened the very next day. To this day you can still see bullet holes in the walls.
In conclusion, Sleepyhead was a beautiful read. I read it in one go and loved the story, language and John Winston’s character. Thanks leyton/Stan for a lovely book and idea. And apologies for misplacing such beautiful thing – especially as I had managed to bring it safely from India to Ireland before losing it!


'Sleepyhead' relaxing in Sydney

‘Sleepyhead’ relaxing in Sydney

Ninth Recipient; Dave Allen, Perth, Australia. 18th December 2012.


Hey Leyton. I have been the privileged custodian of “Sleepyhead’ for a bit longer than expected. I believe he thoroughly enjoyed his trip around Oz. More to the point, the book itself is reminiscent of a very innocent time of life – and makes you wonder when did all that change. The story is a happy distraction from the hustle and bustle of modern life, which I believe is the ultimate aim of any good storyteller. You are certainly on your way to reviving the dying art of storytelling. Thank you for sharing your talent/superpowers. Dave Allen.


Eighth Recipient: Sinead O Meara, Blackrock, Cork. 26th August 2012.

One Short Story To Be Told Cover Illustration.WHAT SINEAD SAID: On a wet miserable morning, especially a Monday, I think of SLEEPYHEAD and it brings a smile to my face. I get the giggles as memories of my childhood come to me. Everyone who has had the good fortune to read this book will know exactly what I mean. If, on the other hand, you haven’t yet read it? You will HAVE TO!



Seventh Recipient: Janette-Aisling O’Meara, Toronto Canada. 17th July 2012.

WHAT JANETTE SAID: I would like to thank Len O’Donovan again for mailing Volume Four from Ireland to Canada, so that I could finally read, and see for myself, the phenomenon that is’ One Short Story To Be Told’.  I really enjoyed reading Sleepy Head.  However, unlike the protagonist, I also loved it in the world of the awake as much as I did while sleeping.

I was also delighted to realize that I liked the prelude and epilogue just as much as the story itself.  I even quelled my schoolmarm tendencies and enjoyed the lack of punctuation and capital letters in the last few pages and just went with the ‘flow’.

And so, with absolutely no fanfare at all, on a trip to Ireland for good times and the Christening of our daughter Maeve O’Meara, I passed Volume Four on to my sister-in-law Sinead O’Meara.  There are no photos – or even witnesses – to commemorate this event – although

there are many baptism photos and other pics at Gougane Barra; but since the book is precious it did not accompany us on any of our outings.  Plus I forgot! And now I sit here in Canada.

I would like though to post a photo of Maeve wearing her googolplex T shirt ( a gift from Stan Notte, Len O Donovan and paul ‘Max’ McSweeney) as thanks, and to compliment her earlier photo where she is snoozing with Sleepyhead.  Her name is scrambled on the t-shirt  and reads AMEE VAROMA.  This is possibly the best name leyton attens has come up with to date, and will be forever her alter ego.



Sixth Recipient: Mark Fenton, Perth, Australia.24th April 2012


Jobsagoodun” Leyton!

A unique concept…….

Keep the Ideas Flowing.



Fifth Recipient: Anna O Donovan, Greenmount, Cork, Ireland.


The story “Sleepyhead” reminded me of my youth! Given my age (which will not be revealed) is a huge compliment! Wonderfully written, and may I pass on my best wishes for the continuation of this wonderful idea. Now the time has come to release “Sleepyhead” to the next lucky person (and waiting for the “visa” to arrive is over) I’d like to say you should get “air mile” contributions from now on!

Finally, I and my son Len would like to have our photo’s displayed together if that is possible.

Fourth Recipient: Leonard O Donovan, Cork City, Ireland, 12 Jan 2012.


After all the requests and pleading for a copy of  “One Short Story To Be Told” I was not disappointed with the story “Sleepyhead.” I would have gone with Curly Wurley’s myself, and United would have had no keepers good enough to beat anyone- but that’s a personal opinion. ‘Have to dream’ I hear you say! Splendidly written and I look forward to getting another opportunity to read another volume in the near future.

Keep up the great idea and concept, and hopefully with a bit of luck great things will come along. Continued success. Let the journey continue. Len (or Elando, if leyton prefers!)

ps – My photo features the legend John Lennon, whose life story will be my next read!


Third Recipient: (The History Making) Colette O Donoghue, Watergrasshill, Co Cork, 22nd Dec 2011.

Colette, the first person ever to have held two volumes of One Short Story To Be Told in her hands, enjoying Sleepyhead during at break from work.

WHAT COLETTE SAID:Some would say that it was coincidence that I received word that I would be the third a recipient of Volume Four of One Short Story To Be Told (- and the story Sleepyhead (a tale which involves the main character dreaming about being a world famous soccer player) on the same day that I paid my first visit to Anfield. I would like to disagree…… I call it FATE.
Sleepyhead, in contrast to Wink (and yes that means I have now read TWO One Short Story To Be Told Volumes), is an upbeat story. It reminded me of my own childhood battles to remain coccooned between the covers when the weekend arrived. Like the character John, I too for the most part failed in this mission due to my mother having different, “more productive”, plans for me. Sleepyhead was a joy to read, so much so that I was a little sad when I turned to the last page.

I look forward to getting my hands on yet another Volume in the very near future, keep them coming leyton!

Two paws up for this book

Cleo Othello Gudtone AKA Colette O Donoghue
PS from leyton. I know the tradition is to include a photo of he or she who has been a custodian. But when someone creates an image such as the one of Belle on the left I feel compelled to include it. I think you’ll agree it adds a certain something to this page.




Now that’s what I call a smile!

Second Recipient: Georgina Lynch, Cobh Co, Cork, 17th Nov 2011.


After a very excited waiting and begging period I became the proud owner of Volume 4. I cannot begin to explain how captivated I was to become a part of this books journey. I could not wait to get my hands on it. I was so delighted that the book lived up to all my expectations, and did not disappoint. A charming tale, that I think everyone should be able to relate to. I know I did. We all have these personal aims and battles, beautifully described in this stunning read. Thank you so much for sharing leyton/Stan. Keep it up, a wonderful talent XX


Paul taking inspiration from Sleepyhead for his football referenced photo on 14th Nov 2011


First Recipient: Paul Allen, Cork City. 22nd October 2011.


I have read One Short Story to be told Volume 4 (Sleepyhead). I was delighted to be the first to read it, and it was a great read. It brought back memories of my childhood, getting called for school in particular, and dreams I used to have myself!

Keep up the good work leyton

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