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The Ministry of Stories is a creative writing and mentoring centre for young people in east London.

Hoxton Street Monster Supplies is the sister organisation to the Ministry of Stories. The Monster Supply shop is the profit making entity that supports the ongoing work of the Ministry. The shop is London's oldest supplier of goods for the living, dead and undead now delivers to monsters right across the UK.

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.

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Ruth Chapman

Ruth Chapman


Ruth Chapman is joint CEO of MATCHESFASHION.COM. Having founded the company over 25 years ago with her husband Tom Chapman, the...

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Ruth was so enthusiastic about the charity Hoxton Street Monster Supplies exists to support. We think the charity is great too, and her advice will hopefully enable the charity to benefit from greater sales of HSMS goods.


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