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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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.

One Story, Many Endings

Write for a Bright Future is the first international gathering of organisations and projects that have been inspired by 826 centres in the United States. Ministry of Stories is delighted to be hosting the event, which will be led in part by children from its writing clubs.

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Vote for us, vote for fun!

We could be on the telly..!

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 The Ministry

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

Minister of the Month – Hodan Ismail

Meet our July Minister of the Month, shopkeeper Hodan Ismail. Hodan started volunteering with us to help improve her spoken english and build her retail skills. She now enjoys helping customers and creating a friendly environment for other volunteers.

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Story Tours

Read all about a very intrepid lolly called Polly, one of the stories shared at the ‘Write for a Bright Future’ conference.

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A Nation of Storytellers

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

Superhero Mayhem!

“Help!” shouted a young boy as Jack Star shot out his sticky belt and grabbed onto the building. 

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A Curious Mind to the End OF Time

Once a girl was in the stormy sky and then the T Rex Eagle came. They called the T Rex Eagle XEagle because he was half T Rex and half eagle.

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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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