||Ministry of Stories
The Ministry of Stories is a creative writing and mentoring centre for young people in east London. It inspires 8-18 year olds through the power of storytelling, unleashing their imaginations, building their confidence and self-respect and enhancing their ability to communicate.
It all begins when visitors arrive and pass through Hoxton Street Monster Supplies, purveyor of household and fancy goods to every imaginable monster. Stop and shop for fang floss and tinned fear or continue through the secret door to the Ministry.
The Ministry of Stories was founded in 2010 by author Nick Hornby, Lucy Macnab and Ben Payne and has since hosted thousands of children in workshops facilitated by volunteers including writers, teachers, local people and artists.
Based in east London, the Ministry is exploring how one to one mentoring and free writing workshops can benefit its own neighbourhood and eventually those throughout the country. Working with schools and individuals from east London, the programme includes all forms of writing, from song lyrics to play scripts, screenplays to journalism, blogging to games, and poems to graphic novels. Recent projects at the Ministry of Stories have included a local newspaper written by children, a series of anthologies authored by after school clubs and an illustrated Guide to Monster Housekeeping.
The Ministry of Stories is inspired by American novelist Dave Eggers’ 826 movement [www.826national.org]. The Ministry is actively fundraising to ensure it can continue its work into the future. Current funders include Arts Council London and a number of other charitable trusts, individuals and sponsors. For a comprehensive list please see our website [www.ministryofstories.org].
The Ministry of Stories aims to inspire a nation of storytellers and is currently exploring how the model could be expanded across the UK.
Previous media coverage includes:
The Ministry of Stories website