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Ministry of Stories: Hoxton Street Monster Supplies

Ministry of Stories: Hoxton Street Monster Supplies

Ministry of Stories: Hoxton Street Monster Supplies

Ministry of Stories: Hoxton Street Monster Supplies

Ministry of Stories: Hoxton Street Monster Supplies

Ministry of Stories: Hoxton Street Monster Supplies

Ministry of Stories: Hoxton Street Monster Supplies

Ministry of Stories: Hoxton Street Monster Supplies

Ministry of Stories: Hoxton Street Monster Supplies

Ministry of Stories

Ministry of Stories

Ministry of Stories

Ministry of Stories

This is a very sweet gesture of humanitarianism. Very inspiring to see such love in action. I love writing and think this is a wonderful idea to get kids to enjoy and try all forms of writing and expression -exploring can only lead to genius being discovered and better books being written. Bravo!

There are often times when I’m exposed to an idea and instantly get one of those “Now why didn’t I think of that?” moments, and this is one of them.

This is just as brilliant as it can be!

Can a person purchase any of the monster supplies? It would be a riot if it were the case. I’d even build their own display within a bookcase in the home, and have them keep monster books & manuals company.

Thanks for sharing this!!!

– Mac

Hoxton Street Monster Supplies

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Dave Eggers, known for his bestselling novel A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and literary journal-turned popular website McSweeney's is also an advocate for children's literacy. His project, co-founded with award-winning educator Nínive Clements Calegari, 826 National, is a nonprofit tutoring, writing, and publishing organization that works with kids ages 6-18, with locations in eight cities across the country. The original location in San Francisco is linked to a pirate supply store that sells things like bottled "Scurvy Begone," eyepatches and spy glasses.

The San Francisco store inspired, among others, a Superhero Supply Store in Brooklyn and a Space Travel Supply Company in Seattle.

Taking inspiration from the 826 National model, it wasn't long before entrepreneurs Lucy Macnab and Ben Payne decided to try something similar in England. The duo teamed up with UK-based graphic design firm We Made This and secured funding from the Arts Council and the JJ Charitable Trust.

Author Nick Hornby (High Fidelity) then joined the fray, and the project really took off. It had a name, Ministry of Stories, a retro graphic identity, and a prime location on Hoxton Street in east London.

Though unrelated to the literacy project Stateside, the Ministry functions similarly to Eggers' 826 centers. Behind a whimsical storefront, Hoxton Street Monster Supplies, kids aged 8-18 are taught by professional writers and other volunteers. The "Purveyor of Quality Goods for Monsters of Every Kind" offers all manner of gross-out oddities, including Tinned Fears (which include stories written by Hornby and Zadie Smith specially for the store), Human Preserves, and more.

The space was designed by Andrew LockCatherine Grieg and David Ogunmuyiw, with wall illustrations by Heather Sloane.

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