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The Ministry Of Stories

The Ministry of Stories was founded by celebrated British author Nick Hornby and co-directors Lucy Macnab and Ben Payne. The Ministry of Stories is part of Hoxton Street Monster Supplies, an imaginative sweet and oddities emporium in east London, and provides a free space for creative writing by young people. The company provides mentoring and advice to young writers, utilising the work of volunteer writers, teachers and artists.

The MoS is inspired by young people, and reciprocally aims to inspire young people to transform their lives through creative writing. The company works closely with schools, supporting teachers, but provides one-to-one mentoring for young people to enjoy imaginative stories, improve language skills, increase abilities in communication, and develop social and educational confidence.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £60,000
  • 2013-2014: £60,000
  • 2014-2015: £60,000

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The Making of 'Share More Air'

Share More Air is a unique album of songs whose lyrics were written by children from east London aged 8 - 13 with music provided by musicians from Communion Records. Introduced by Nick Hornby, founder of the Ministry of Stories, this film introduces you to the young lyricists and some of the people who helped them turn their ideas into an album like no other. Buy your copy here: http://www.monstersupplies.org/products/sharemoreair

Ben Folds and special guests - The Enemies, lyrics by Zayd

An album featuring lyrics by children from the Ministry of Stories, with music from: Ajimal • Ben Fletcher • Ben Folds • Benjamin Francis Leftwich • Foreign Fields • Emily Barker • Jamie Parisio • Marcus Foster • Matthew and the Atlas • Old Man Luedecke • Rachel Sermanni • Skinny Lister • The Wild Rye • Tom Williams Share More Air is a unique collaboration between Communion Records, the Ministry of Stories and 56 children aged 8-13 from east London. The album is about cats on missions, friends and enemies, and loving your mum. It's what happens when words and stories written by children are filtered through the music and voices of grown up song-writers to make an extraordinary collection of songs. Find out more: www.ministryofstories.org or buy the album from www.monstersupplies.org from 25th November. The Enemies, by Ben Fold, lyrics by Zayd. Percussion and backing vocals by Alicia Witt and Gracie Folds.

What's in that Shed?

Watch a video guide with a difference, filmed by members of the New Horizon programme at Hackney Community College, a course for young people with learning difficulties or disabilities. Join them and the Ministry of Stories in exploring three local places in Hackney and discover what you might find should you follow in their footsteps... Film: Carl Stevenson, www.carlstevenson.com St Mary's Secret Garden is a community lead horticultural project and can be found on Pearson Street, Hackney, E2 8EL. Entrance is free of charge and the garden is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. www.stmaryssecretgarden.org.uk The Open Kitchen and Bar is both a working restaurant and a training kitchen and is on Hoxton Street, London, N1 6LR. The restaurant is open for dining Monday to Friday from 10am to 2pm, and from 5pm to 9pm Wednesday to Friday. www.openkitchen.biz Hackney City Farm is a farm as well as a training and education centre on Goldsmiths Row, London, E2 8QA. Entrance is free of charge and the farm is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 4:30pm. http://hackneycityfarm.co.uk

Introducing the Ministry of Stories

Find out all about the Ministry of Stories and Hoxton Street Monster Supplies, in a video narrated by the young people who attend this creative writing and mentoring centre in east London. The Ministry of Stories uses storytelling to inspire young people aged 8-18, in the belief that writing unleashes their imaginations and builds confidence, self-respect and communication. Film: Carl Stevenson

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Dead Ends Episode 4

Dead Ends is a fresh new soap. It follows the stories of Andrew, a young man trying to put his troubled past behind him; his mother, Lou, who has a dark family secret to guard and the hapless Chloe, a local girl who has fallen in love with a man that she can't have. These individual stories combine towards a dramatic and shocking climax ... Dead Ends was created by 8 talented young writers through after-school workshops at the Ministry of Stories during Summer 2012. Working with the input of EastEnders writer, Pete Lawson and the support of our volunteer writing mentors, our writing team's task was to devise and script 4 five minute episodes of a new soap opera inspired by Hoxton Street. To help us create more opportunities for young people to get excited by writing, please donate now. Just £16 pays for one young person to attend a writing workshop, and £160 covers the costs for him or her to take part in a week-long publishing project. Your help adds up! Dead Ends was co-produced by Ministry of Stories with Four Corners. It was directed by Charlotte George.

The Making of Dead Ends

Dead Ends is a fresh new soap opera inspired by Hoxton Street. It was created by 8 talented young writers through after-school workshops at the Ministry of Stories during Summer 2012. This short film takes you behind the scenes to hear from the writers, actors and producers how it all came together. To help us create more opportunities for young people to get excited by writing, please donate now. Just £16 pays for one young person to attend a writing workshop, and £160 covers the costs for him or her to take part in a week-long publishing project. Your help adds up! This film was created by Tommy Edwards. Dead Ends was co-produced by Ministry of Stories with Four Corners. It was directed by Charlotte George.

Dead Ends Episode 3

Dead Ends is a fresh new soap. It follows the stories of Andrew, a young man trying to put his troubled past behind him; his mother, Lou, who has a dark family secret to guard and the hapless Chloe, a local girl who has fallen in love with a man that she can't have. These individual stories combine towards a dramatic and shocking climax ... Dead Ends was created by 8 talented young writers through after-school workshops at the Ministry of Stories during Summer 2012. Working with the input of EastEnders writer, Pete Lawson and the support of our volunteer writing mentors, our writing team's task was to devise and script 4 five minute episodes of a new soap opera inspired by Hoxton Street. To help us create more opportunities for young people to get excited by writing, please donate now. Just £16 pays for one young person to attend a writing workshop, and £160 covers the costs for him or her to take part in a week-long publishing project. Your help adds up! Dead Ends was co-produced by Ministry of Stories with Four Corners. It was directed by Charlotte George.

Dead Ends Episode 2

Dead Ends is a fresh new soap. It follows the stories of Andrew, a young man trying to put his troubled past behind him; his mother, Lou, who has a dark family secret to guard and the hapless Chloe, a local girl who has fallen in love with a man that she can't have. These individual stories combine towards a dramatic and shocking climax ... Dead Ends was created by 8 talented young writers through after-school workshops at the Ministry of Stories during Summer 2012. Working with the input of EastEnders writer, Pete Lawson and the support of our volunteer writing mentors, our writing team's task was to devise and script 4 five minute episodes of a new soap opera inspired by Hoxton Street. To help us create more opportunities for young people to get excited by writing, please donate now. Just £16 pays for one young person to attend a writing workshop, and £160 covers the costs for him or her to take part in a week-long publishing project. Your help adds up! Dead Ends was co-produced by Ministry of Stories with Four Corners. It was directed by Charlotte George.

Dead Ends Episode 1

Dead Ends is a fresh new soap. It follows the stories of Andrew, a young man trying to put his troubled past behind him; his mother, Lou, who has a dark family secret to guard and the hapless Chloe, a local girl who has fallen in love with a man that she can't have. These individual stories combine towards a dramatic and shocking climax ... Dead Ends was created by 8 talented young writers through after-school workshops at the Ministry of Stories during Summer 2012. Working with the input of EastEnders lead writer, Pete Lawson and the support of our volunteer writing mentors, our writing team's task was to devise and script 4 five minute episodes of a new soap opera inspired by Hoxton Street. Dead Ends was co-produced by Ministry of Stories with Four Corners. It was directed by Charlotte George.

Dead Ends Trailer

Due for release from Tuesday 4th December Dead Ends is a fresh new soap. It follows the stories of Andrew, a young man trying to put his troubled past behind him; his mother, Lou, who has a dark family secret to guard and the hapless Chloe, a local girl who has fallen in love with a man that she can't have. These individual stories combine towards a dramatic and shocking climax ... Dead Ends was created by 8 talented young writers through after-school workshops at the Ministry of Stories during Summer 2012. Working with the input of EastEnders lead writer, Pete Lawson and the support of our volunteer writing mentors, our writing team's task was to devise and script 4 five minute episodes of a new soap opera inspired by Hoxton Street. Dead Ends was co-produced by Ministry of Stories with Four Corners. It was directed by Charlotte George.

Ministry of Stories: Year One

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. This film was made one year after the Ministry of Stories opened, in November 2011. Thanks to Jared Fryer for making the film and London Video Camera Hire for giving us a discount on equipment.

Children's Republic of Shoreditch Karaoke National Anthem

This is a brand new video featuring the national anthem of the Children's Republic of Shoreditch. Using this special karaoke version, we would like all of you to record your own versions and send them to us to share! Please send all responses to republic@ministryofstories.org and we'll keep a collection of them. Cheers! Thank you everyone who contributed to the making of this video: Lyrics - Alec Music/Production - Stuart Frobisher Filmmaker - Jo Clark

Discover the Children's Republic of Shoreditch

Crumbs! The young people of Shoredtich have declared their area to be an independent state, entirely run by children: the Children's Republic of Shoreditch. Watch this mini-documentary featuring best-selling author, Nick Hornby, and Minister for Civil Society, Nick Hurd MP, to learn more about this brilliant group of young trailblazers. What's more, you can visit the Embassy for the Children's Republic of Shoreditch, open to the public every saturday and entirely designed and run by children: apply for citizenship, gain an official passport, take specially designed tours of the Republic and show your support for this completely unique project from UK charity the Ministry of Stories. For details, wisit: www.ChildrensRepublicOfShoreditch.org Thanks to Ten Cent Adventures for all their hard work in putting together this film: www.TenCentAdventures.com

The Children's Republic of Shoreditch: Documentary Coming Soon

Dear Citizen! We have made a new country called The Children's Republic of Shoreditch. It is run by children and it has a postal service, a spy network and an embassy. We have been working on it for months now. We are making this country because we believe that children can be free and everyone is allowed to have fun. Please don't think we are just a bunch of kids mucking around, we are serious. So runs the message from the Official Letter Writers to the Republic. Their endeavour is the Ministry of Stories' most ambitious project yet. The Republic will have an actual Embassy building entirely conceived of and designed by children, offering all the adventures outlined above. It will be open to members of the public every Saturday between 7th July-11th August, from 10am -- 4pm. From this building, the children will run the affairs of their own state-within-a-state and look forward to meeting and greeting school and family visitors. For more, visit www.ministryofstories.org With thanks to Ten Cent Adventures for the film. Stay tuned for the documentary, coming soon. Director: Mary Kerr, Producer: Paul Fischer www.tencentadventures.com

The Children's Republic of Shoreditch

Dear Citizen! We have made a new country called The Children's Republic of Shoreditch. It is run by children and it has a postal service, a spy network and an embassy. We have been working on it for months now. We are making this country because we believe that children can be free and everyone is allowed to have fun. Please don't think we are just a bunch of kids mucking around, we are serious. So runs the message from the Official Letter Writers to the Republic. Their endeavour is the Ministry of Stories' most ambitious project yet. The Republic will have an actual Embassy building entirely conceived of and designed by children, offering all the adventures outlined above. It will be open to members of the public every Saturday between 7th July-11th August, from 10am -- 4pm. From this building, the children will run the affairs of their own state-within-a-state and look forward to meeting and greeting school and family visitors. For more, visit www.ministryofstories.org With thanks to Ten Cent Adventures for the film. Director: Mary Kerr, Producer: Paul Fischer www.tencentadventures.com

Monster Shopping TV

Join Simon Peter and Zarg the two headed monster host on the monster shopping channel for all your macabre supplies. Don't forget, you can also shop online at http://www.monstersupplies.org Thanks to Terry Saunders and Gavin and Jason Fox for the film. All proceeds from monster supplies go towards free writing workshops for young people in east London at the Ministry of Stories.

Help the Monsters

The Ministry of Stories is a creative writing and mentoring centre for young people in east London. It inspires 8-18 year olds through the power of storytelling, unleashing their imaginations, building their confidence and self-respect and enhancing their ability to communicate. It all begins when visitors arrive and pass through Hoxton Street Monster Supplies, purveyors of household and fancy goods to every imaginable monster. Stop and shop for fang floss and tinned fear or continue through the secret door to the Ministry. This Hallowe'en, we're hoping to publish our first book-length project of children's work, The Awfully Bad Guide to Monster Housekeeping. 150 local primary school children, five very talented poets and five leading children's book illustrators have worked in teams to create a new up-to-date version of the book, with sections on Fashion and Grooming, the Alphabet, Food and Recipes, Home and Recreation and those all important tips for correct monster Etiquette. Together, these four little books will make up the all-new Awfully Bad Guide to Monster Housekeeping, ready for a new generation of little (and big) monsters to enjoy! We are now looking to raise £1000 to enable us to actually publish the book. A team of professional designers and editors are giving their time for free and we'd love to launch it in time for Hallowe'en. All the children who tapped into their imaginations will receive a copy of their work that they can present to their friends and family and treasure for many years to come. The achievement of seeing their ideas in print will provide a great boost in writing confidence. And by supporting us with a pledge of just £20 upwards, you can get your hands on the complete set of four books. Not only that, you'll be supporting our ongoing work with children from some of the most socially disadvantaged areas of the UK and making a real contribution to their future. Please support the Ministry of Stories today by pledging at www.wedidthis.org.uk

Monster Auction at Ministry of Stories

Local photographer Miriam Douglas has taken this monstrous graffiti photograph, which we're auctioning to raise funds for the MoS. We are at the Applecart Festival this Sunday 7th August, with a monster stall and will be displaying the photograph. We will be auctioning off this beautiful piece via sealed bids. You can bid by emailing us (shop@ministryofstories.org) or by visiting us at the shop or at our Applecart Festival stall. The winner will be the person with the highest bid so bid fearlessly to avoid disappointment. All proceeds go to funding the work of the Ministry of Stories. Created by: Carly-Ann Clements

Ministry of Stories' Favourites Fund

To celebrate summer reading, share the value of your favourite book with the Ministry of Stories (www.ministryofstories.org). By donating the cost of a book you love, you'll help us inspire future generations of book lovers. It's easy to donate. Is your book a £2 classic, a £12.99 hardback, a £50 coffee table book? Tell us the title and author, and why you love it. Just head to http://www.justgiving.com/MoS-favourites-fund and make your donation. Stephen Fry picked A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole and our own Nick Hornby chose I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith as their favourites. With your help we can raise £3000, the cost of training our volunteer mentors for a year. They'll support thousands of local young people to have confidence in their own reading and writing. The MoS Favourites Fund is open until 28 August, when we'll pick the Tip Top Top Ten from the list. If your choice is in it, you'll receive a special invitation to visit the Ministry of Stories. About the MoS The Ministry of Stories was founded by Nick Hornby and co-directors Lucy Macnab and Ben Payne. Hidden away at the back of Hoxton Street Monster Supplies (where else would you expect it?) the Ministry of Stories provides workshops and one-to-one mentoring for 8-18 year olds. The services are provided by volunteers: local writers, artists and teachers, all giving their time and talent for free. Read more about the Ministry of Stories. Video shot and edited: Carly-Ann Clements Music: Kevin Macleod

Newsbreakers: the launch of Hoxton A.M.

Watch our intrepid young journalists put the first ever issue of Hoxton AM on sale. It celebrates the launch of Hoxton's first morning newspaper written by young news hounds from four schools in the area. Entirely written, edited and marketed by 9-14 year olds at the Ministry of Stories in East London. Find out more about how you can get involved as a young writer, volunteer or supporter of the Ministry of Stories at www.ministryofstories.org Director: Octavia Hartland Producer: Jasbir Saund

Ministry Rated - Cardinal Pole Decides

Pupils from Cardinal Pole School rated "The Uniform" by Tommy Donvaband. Part of a book reviewing project at the Ministry of Stories, for the Hackney Short Novel Awards 2011. Find out more about how you can get involved as a young writer, volunteer or supporter at www.ministryofstories.org

Ministry Rated - Stoke Newington Decides

Stoke Newington School rates 'The Dying Photo' by Alan Gibbons. Part of a book reviewing project at the Ministry of Stories, for the Hackney Short Novel Awards 2011. Find out more about how you can get involved as a young writer, volunteer or supporter at www.ministryofstories.org

Ministry Rated - Bridge Academy Decides

Bridge Academy rates 'Dream On' by Bali Rai. Part of a book reviewing project at the Ministry of Stories, for the Hackney Short Novel Awards 2011. Find out more about how you can get involved as a young writer, volunteer or supporter at www.ministryofstories.org

Launch of Green Wobbly Thing, Dancing at the Ministry of Stories

On Saturday 2nd April, the Ministry was full of excitement and anticipation as we saw the launch of the first anthology by our Junior Ministers. Green Wobbly Things, Dancing is the collective work from all of the Junior Ministers that attended this terms drop-in sessions, comprising of: short stories, poems and comics strips. This video shows a small insight in to that day and what it meant to our Junior Ministers. We'd like to say a special thanks to Innocent Smoothies, Towpaph Cafe, We Made This and all our volunteers for making the day and book so special. Please enjoy the video and look at our website (http://www.ministryofstories.org). If you would like to donate to our favourites fund, please visit http://www.justgiving.com/MoS-Favourites-Fund Video filmed and edited by Carly-Ann Clements Music by Kevin MacLeod Voiceover by Carly-Ann Clements

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