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. [...]

Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder, by Nassim Nicholas Taleb


Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder By Nassim Nicholas Taleb Nassim Nicholas Taleb made his name in 2007 by coining the term ‘Black Swan’ events. The idea of a black swan was unthinkable in the West (where all swans are white) until such animals were discovered following European landings in Australia in the 18th [...]

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 [...]