WORLD TALES STORY BANK
A STORY SEED-BANK
The inspiration for this project has been drawn from Idries Shah’s wonderful collection of stories, World Tales. A best-seller when it was published in 1991, the richly illustrated book drew together traditional stories that have appeared, ‘in all times, in all places’, transcending mere national boundaries. Building on this concept, the World Tales Story Bank will capitalise on the power of the internet to demonstrate how stories constitute a world heritage with the power to bind humanity. Modelled on the great seed-banks in Svalbard and Kew Gardens, ISF will upload and store all of the world’s ancient stories. Access to this invaluable resource will be free – and through an interactive website, children and educators alike will be able to read and listen to tales drawn from across the ages and learn about the lands and cultures that nurtured them.