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The Ministry of Stories is run by Ben Payne and Lucy Macnab with the support of Nick Hornby.

Nick Hornby (Co-Founder) was born in 1957. He is the author of six novels, High Fidelity, About a Boy, How To Be Good, A Long Way Down (shortlisted for the Whitbread Award) Slam and Juliet, Naked. He has also written three works of non-fiction, Fever Pitch (winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award), 31 Songs (shortlisted for the National Books Critics Circle Award) and The Complete Polysyllabic Spree as well as a Pocket Penguin book of short stories, Otherwise Pandemonium. He wrote the screenplay for the film An Education, for which he was recently nominated for an Oscar and a BAFTA for Best Adapted Screenplay. Nick Hornby lives and works in Highbury, North London. He is a founding parent of The TreeHouse Trust, the national charity for autism education, established in 1997 by a group of parents whose children had recently been diagnosed with severe autis


Nick Hornby – Co-director and co-founder, The Ministry of Stories.

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Lucy Macnab has a background in participation, writer development and teaching and learning. Her work is about finding ways to help people tell their stories: in print, performance, digitally, through collaboration. Most recently, Lucy was Participation Producer for Literature at Southbank Centre, where among many projects she created the Global Poetry System website, a children’s production of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and an oral history of the Royal Festival Hall.


Lucy Macnab, Co-director and co-founder, The Ministry of Stories

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Ben Payne
is a writer, director and dramaturg, specialising in new writing for theatre. He was previously Literary Manager and Associate Director at Birmingham Repertory Theatre where he established Transmissions, the company’s ground-breaking young playwrights’ scheme and programmed the work of The Door, the Rep’s new writing theatre.


Ben Payne – Co-director and co-founder, The Ministry of Stories.

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