About the MoS

The Ministry of Stories is a creative writing and mentoring centre for young people in east London. We use storytelling to inspire young people aged 8-18, in the belief that writing unleashes their imaginations and builds confidence, self-respect and communication.

Nick Hornby, Lucy Macnab and Ben Payne founded the Ministry of Stories in 2010. In its first year, over 3000 young people took part in our volunteer-led workshops and writing projects. Our inspiration came from the writer Dave Eggers and educator Ninive Calegari, who opened a shop for pirates and writing centre called 826 Valencia in San Francisco.

To find us, you'll need to go through Hoxton Street Monster Supplies, Purveyor of Quality Goods for Monsters of Every Kind...

For more details about the Ministry, read our FAQs.

To see some of the amazing people involved in the Ministry, click here.

What are
we here for?

The Ministry of Stories was founded by Nick Hornby and co-directors Lucy Macnab and Ben Payne. Hidden away at the back of The Monster Shop (where else would you expect it?), the Ministry of Stories provides a free space for fresh writing by young people. Here in Hoxton we provide workshops and one-to-one mentoring. The services are provided by volunteers: local writers, artists and teachers, all giving their time and talent for free.

The MoS is inspired by young people, and aims to inspire them to transform their lives through writing. We work closely with schools, supporting the work of teachers, but our great benefit is that we provide one-to-one mentoring for young people to enjoy imaginative stories, improve language skills, increase abilities in communication, add to social and educational confidence.

Welcome to the
Ministry of Stories

We are an organisation dedicated to the creation of stories by a new storytelling generation.
Fire your imagination, have a look around and get involved.

Dispatches from The Ministry

Latest news, updates and announcements.

New project! Help us with Story Engine

The Ministry is embarking on a digital adventure and we’d like your company…

We’re looking for teachers, schools and volunteers to join us in developing an online creative writing platform for 11-12

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Jobs: Community Engagement Coordinator

There’s strength, creativity and need in our neighbourhood. Listen, adapt and organise our work so it engages with our local community through our writing programmes.

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 The Ministry
Weblog

What's on our mind as we go about our storytelling business.

Milk Tooth – write your own ending!

Milk Tooth is the deliciously new and very first chocolate bar produced by Hoxton Street Monster Supplies, the purveyor of quality goods for monsters of all kinds since 1818.

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Planting Poetry

We’ve just finished a most marvellous project, Planting Poetry, with William Patten Primary School in Stoke Newington.

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A Nation of Storytellers

Enjoy some of the amazing stories that are flying out of the Ministry.

The World of Kaboom!

KABOOM! What happened?

“Alex! Get up! You’re going to be late for school again!”

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There’s Magic in the Air

One day there was a person called George, and he went in a castle, and he saw Rosie.  In the night time Rosie wanted to go to the toilet, and she heard something

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How to get in touch

Press enquiries
press@ministryofstories.org
Or visit our media centre

To book a workshop
schools@ministryofstories.org

Visit the Monster Shop
www.monstersupplies.org

To ask about out-of-school activities
writing@ministryofstories.org

To donate or support fundraising
donate@ministryofstories.org

For everything else
info@ministryofstories.org

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We are here.

The Ministry of Stories
159 Hoxton Street
London N1 6PJ

T: 0207 729 4159

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