Ministry of Stories

There are a lot of shops in Hoxton Street, but one is weirder than all the others. Look at the window display of the Monster Supplies shop at number 159, and you’ll see all sorts of strange things for sale – including fang floss and fear in tins! This is the secret headquarters of the Ministry of Stories, a place where young people come to get inspired and put their imaginations to work through creative writing.

Where is it?

159 Hoxton Street, London
N1 6PJ
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Good to know

The Ministry of Stories works with local schools in Hackney, Islington, Tower Hamlets and the City of London, running free creative writing workshops and mentoring for young people aged from 8 to 18. Sessions cover all kinds of writing, from song lyrics and play scripts to graphic novels.

Wow fact

The Ministry of Stories opened in 2010. In its first year, more than 3,000 young people took part in workshops and writing projects.

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Things to do

- Read stories written by kids at the Ministry of Stories website.
- Get inspired to write your own stories.
- Look out for the crazy things for sale in the Monster Supplies shop.

What we did: Year 4 Spruce, Rushmore Primary School

Check out these horrible monsters we made at the Ministry of Stories. Our mentors Vicky and Tarnia helped us bring our monsters to life with a special writing and drawing workshop. We loved all the creepy and gross things on display in the Monster Supplies shop – especially the earwax cubes.