this has a fantastic story…….
‘cut to november 2010, after many, many meetings, and gargantuan efforts from Nick Hornby, Lucy Macnab and Ben Payne (and a veritable host of others), and this morning saw the launch of the ministry of stories on hoxton street in east london.
the ministry follows the model of the 826 centres: a writing centre where kids aged 8-18 can get one-to-one tuition with professional writers and other volunteers; with the centres being housed behind fantastical shop fronts designed to fire the kids’ imaginations (and generate income for the writing centres).
in our case, the shop is hoxton street monster supplies – purveyor of quality goods for monsters of every kind. the shop was established in 1818, and ever since then has served the daily needs of london’s extensive monster community. you can pick from a whole range of tinned fears (each of which comes with a specially commissioned short story from authors including nick hornby and zadie smith), a selection of human preserves, and a variety of other really rather fine goods.’