Ministry of Stories

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Ministry of Stories is a place where children and young people in East London can become writers. If you live in Hoxton or attend one of our local schools, you can join one of our FREE weekly writing clubs for 8-12 year olds. If you go to a state school in Hackney, Islington or Tower Hamlets, check if your school works with us. If not, you can ask them to get in touch.

Ministry of Stories was founded by Lucy Macnab, Ben Payne and best-selling author Nick Hornby, who wanted to create a space for young people in East London to become authors. Our writing centre was inspired by San Francisco’s 826 Valencia and resides behind its own fantastical shop, Hoxton Street Monster Supplies, which has been selling goods such as Cubed Earwax and Thickest Human Snot to London monsters since 1818.  All proceeds from the shop go back into the Ministry.