ISF-UNESCO Storytelling Competition Initiated

A major collaboration between ISF and UNESCO, the ‘World Tales Story Competition’ is aimed at developing a sense of imagination in children, and promoting shared values on a worldwide basis.

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Books For Afghan Children

ISF has been working to provide illustrated books to children in Afghanistan on a mass scale. The tales, written by Idries Shah, are being illustrated by a range of talented artists in both East and West. The first six illustrated books are ready, with a...

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The World Tales StoryBank

Idries Shah believed that stories are not merely a part of culture – but rather that they are culture. During his lifetime, he published thousands of tales drawn from all corners of the world. Shah delighted in observing how varying versions of the same tale...

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Ian McEwan - ‘We know perfectly well how to be good’

Ian McEwan is an internationally acclaimed author who has won numerous literary awards, including the Man Booker, the Somerset Maughan and the James Tait Black Memorial prizes. He was awarded a CBE in 2000. Several of his novels have been turned into films, including Atonement,...

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The Hand-printed Stories Project

Inspired by a special edition of The Tale of the Sands, produced in 1980 – and limited to just fifty copies – we have teamed up with a wonderful print-making collective in Bristol. Our plan is to hand-set the texts of six stories by Idries...

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ISF Awards

At the heart of ISF’s work is the spirit of honing oneself into the best person you can be – a thread running through Idries Shah’s many publications. This idea of personal fulfilment, is coupled with the ideal of giving rather than taking – opening...

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Sir Michael Palin reads The Food of Paradise, from Idries Shah’s World Tales

ISF is extremely grateful to Sir Michael Palin for sparing the time in his busy schedule for recording Idries Shah's story, The Food of Paradise.

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The Hope House Orphanage - Afghanistan

Sir Michael Palin reads The Food of Paradise

Stephen Fry reads "Mushkil Gusha"

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ISF-UNESCO Storytelling Competition Initiated

ISF-UNESCO Storytelling Competition Initiated A major collaboration between ISF and UNESCO, the ‘World Tales Story Competition’ is aimed at developing a sense of imagination...

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Books For Afghan Children

Books For Afghan Children ISF has been working to provide illustrated books to children in Afghanistan on a mass scale. The tales, written by...

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The World Tales StoryBank

The World Tales StoryBank Idries Shah believed that stories are not merely a part of culture – but rather that they are culture. During...

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The Hand-printed Stories Project

The Hand-printed Stories Project In a world preoccupied with speed and mass production, we have been working to slow things down. Inspired by a...

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ISF Awards

ISF Awards At the heart of ISF’s work is the spirit of honing oneself into the best person you can be –...

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The ISF Event 2019

The ISF Event 2019 A huge thank you to everyone who joined us at The October Gallery in London for the Sixth ISF Annual...

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The Sufis Index & Large Print Editions

The Sufis Index & Large Print Editions We are absolutely thrilled to announce that, more than fifty years after it was first published, we have released an...

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Three New Kids Books Published

Three New Kids Books Published In November we will be releasing three new kid’s titles as part of the Books for Afghan Children Project. Printed...

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A Special Message of Thanks

A Special Message of Thanks Over the last seven years, ISF has grown from modest beginnings into a well-rounded foundation, surpassing even our own expectations...

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The crew of the Heraclitus talk to ISF

The crew of the Heraclitus talk to ISF About the Heraclitus The Research Vessel Heraclitus is a ferro-cement ship modelled on a Chinese junk which has been sailing...

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