David Ault – Giving voice to the words of Idries Shah


About David Ault A polymath worthy of the Renaissance Age, David Ault is the voice of ISF’s audio editions. Working with his partner, Patrick – who handles the technical side of the recordings – he has brought new life to works as short as The Book of the Book, and as lengthy as Kara [...]

Daby Ihsan – ‘Stories are an essential element in a child’s life’


  About Daby Ihsan Born in Iraq, Daby Ihsan is an award-winning illustrator and animator who has done the art work for two ISF children’s books – The Onion and Speak First and Lose. Profoundly original, her work perceives the East with extraordinary subtlety, drawing on her love for architecture and eye for detail. [...]

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 the world’s seas for over forty years as a ‘floating platform for scientific studies, ecological understanding and multicultural, multidisciplinary projects’. Its expeditions, workshops and training programmes are designed to champion the ocean, ‘and the [...]

Erik Weihenmayer – ‘I can hear rocks and trees and even space’


Erik Weihenmayer as featured in the Guinness Book of Records, 2019 About Erik Weihenmayer On 25th May 2001, Erik Weihenmayer summited Everest. Little more than a year later he had completed the ‘Seven Summits’ – scaling the highest mountain in every continent. The achievement would have been impressive for anyone. But for Erik [...]

An Unflappable Spirit


About Sanaa Hamri Sanaa Hamri is a Moroccan-American director of film, TV and music videos. She has worked with artists from Sting to Mariah Carey and Prince. Her feature films include Something New and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2. Hamri is the first Moroccan woman ever to direct a Hollywood movie. Her father [...]

Coleman Barks Talks to ISF


About Coleman Barks A noted American poet in his own right, Coleman Barks is widely credited with having made Rumi’s poetry accessible to the Occidental world. Born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Barks does not read or speak Persian – the language of Rumi’s poetry. Despite this, over decades he has worked painstakingly with scholarly [...]