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...

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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.

The Ministry receives an uplift in NPO funding from Arts Council England

Our Story Ministers are proud and awfully pleased to hear that the Ministry of Stories will remain part of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio from 2015.

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A PR howl from Hoxton Street Monster Supplies

As well as their previous advertisement for a product photographer, Hoxton Street Monster Supplies also requires a tip top PR agency, specialising in consumer or lifestyle. Is this you? Could you donate your time? 

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 The Ministry

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

Planting Poetry

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

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Sounds from Randal Cremer Primary School

Our group at Randal Cremer Primary School were challenged to write about whatever they wanted to. Luckily for us they’ve recorded their work and it is available to listen to HERE!

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A Nation of Storytellers

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

The Castle

In a dark, haunted castle in a dark, spooky forest there lived James and Mary. You might think James and Mary are ordinary people, but they’re not.

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The Two Twins with a Triplet

That day was the worst day of my life, will that nightmare ever stop? That was the trecherous day that changed my life forever.

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How to get in touch

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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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