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 wedidthis.org.uk