Ali was born and raised in Leyton, London. He is the eldest of six children. He was a voracious bookworm from a young age. As a child, he was fascinated by Greek, Nordic, West African, Egyptian, Jewish, Arab and Hindu mythologies.
His earliest recollection of stories were anthropomorphic fantasy types: Watership Down by Richard Adams, The Chronicles Of Narnia by C S Lewis, The Waterbabies by the Reverend Charles Kingsley, The Plague Dogs (again) by Richard Adams, Lord of the Rings by J R R Tolkien, Tarka the Otter by Henry Williamson, The Last Unicorn by Peter S Beagle, Colin Dann’s The Animals of Farthing Wood. A children’s television series, Storybook International, based on ecumenical folk tales, was devotional viewing at the age of eight. Watching these fables on TV was an unveiling, a preparedness into the boundless realms of storytelling.
Legends from the Panchatantra, Scheherazade’s One Thousand And One Nights, Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, the Aesopica and Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey encouraged him into writing irreverent fiction.
Roland Molony’s Themba and the Crocodile, Johanna Spryi’s Heidi and Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe were among the books he read repeatedly as a child. Along with the Theogony, Oresteia, Argonautica, Works And Days and the Aeneid, these are among the timeless annunciators of the human mind. These enchanting and bewitching stories illuminated his anima.
The Autobiography Of Malcolm X by Alex Haley was a staple but absorbing tome for the adolescent Ali. He read his fair share of the Usborne Books and Ian Livingston’s Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks. He was mesmerized by the Aesopica, Milton, Shakespeare, Virgil, Dickens and Dahl, books by Andrew Lang, Roger Lancelyn Green on other myths and legends. His childhood home possessed the most fascinating books. He devoured them desperately. He remains an obsessive reader to this day.
Ali's musical tastes are eclectic. He has long admired the music of Michael Jackson, Prince, George Michael, David Bowie, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin He has an acute interest in history, religious scripture, theater, film and the liberal arts. He is a massive fan of Everton Football Club. He finds ethereal bliss in solitude and cigars.
Ali wrote the screenplay to the neo-noir film, Elixir. The film will serve as his directorial debut. Elixir is in post-production. Ali has also been commissioned to co-write the first two series of the crime-action television drama titled Brendan Baker.
Ali's page can be found on the Internet Movie Database website by following this link: Ali Kinteh - IMDb
Ali's third book Honorable Men Are Dead will be published by Rogue Press on November 7, 2024.