Ministry of Stories & Hoxton Street Monster Supplies
826 National is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping students with expository and creative writing and by far, my favorite non-profit organization. Each 826 is housed behind a fictional store that sell imaginative products whether pirate supplies or superhero gear, robot repair parts or time travel supplements. London recently opened up their own shoppe, the Ministry of Stories & Hoxton Street Monster Supplies. The Ministry follows the model of the 826 centers: a writing centre where kids aged 8-18 can get one-to-one tuition with professional writers and other volunteers; with the centers being housed behind fantastical shop fronts designed to fire the kids’ imaginations (and generate income for the writing centers). I discovered the store only a few blocks from our London office where I picked up some Daylight for Vampires, tinned The Chills and Vilest Bile.