Kashfi Khan and Ezra Hewing – ‘Metaphors for children’s emotional wellbeing’    


About Kashfi Khan and Ezra Hewing Kashfi Khan works with children who speak English as an additional language (EAL) aged 5 to11 years old at Hounslow Town Primary School, London. Ezra Hewing is Head of Education at the mental health charity, Suffolk Mind. In our work, we’ve found that introducing stories or metaphors, including the children’s [...]

Paul-Gordon Chandler – ‘A movement that builds on what we hold in common’


About Paul-Gordon Chandler Paul-Gordon Chandler is an author, non-profit executive, art curator, social entrepreneur and U.S. Episcopal priest who is an authority on the Middle East and Christian-Muslim relations, having lived and worked in the Middle East, North Africa and West Africa for many years. He grew up in Senegal, and has worked extensively throughout the world in leadership roles [...]

Jason Goodwin – ‘The machine age has turned us upside down’


About Jason Goodwin Jason Goodwin is an author and chef, much of whose work is focussed on Turkey and the Ottoman Empire. His books include On Foot to the Golden Horn, Lords of the Horizon, and a series of crime novels featuring an Istanbul investigator named Yashim. His latest book, Yashim Cooks Istanbul: Culinary Adventures [...]

Martin Maudsley – ‘Stories seed more stories’


About Martin Maudsley Martin Maudsley is a professional storyteller based in South-West England. He has worked for the BBC, the National Trust, the Eden Project and the Soil Association, amongst many other organisations. In 2007 he established the Bristol Storytelling Festival, and was its director for seven years. He integrates music and poetry into his [...]

Gijs van Hensbergen – ‘I’m a Euro-mongrel’


About Gijis van Hensbergen Gijs van Hensbergen is a Dutch art historian, food critic and expert on Spain. He is an authority on Picasso and the author of six books, including Guernica: The Biography of a Twentieth-Century Icon, a biography of Gaudí, and most recently The Sagrada Família: Gaudí’s Heaven on Earth. https://www.gijsvanhensbergen.com/ 1. [...]

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 [...]