The Ministry of Stories is a shop in Hoxton. It looks like a monster shop, but inside the tins marked “the heebie-jeebies” are original stories by Nick Hornby, Zadie Smith and others, who are also volunteering in workshops. This is a project in London’s impoverished East End to get kids excited about writing their own stories.
The project has its roots across the Atlantic where the author David Eggers established 826 Valencia, an after-school writing club for children…Local children who popped in to the ministry to put together a story about the Queen and a sentient microwave oven called Bob were definitely inspired….”I like writing my own stories, but sometimes I find it a bit hard, because I have loads of good ideas but I find it hard to put it down on paper,” said one pupil.
The link to this news story came in my Writer’s Union list serve today and it warmed my heart. This is what the creative endeavour is really about, to enliven and inspire each other.