I wrote here some time ago about Dave Eggars’ project, stemming from his passion for the power of reading and of writing, to establish places where children can come after school for help with homework and to learn to write stories. Now Nick Hornby has set up a similar venture in London.

The Guardian reports on this exciting venture:

The Ministry of Stories Literacy Project will turn an empty shop in Hoxton, east London, into a purveyor of monster supplies intended to draw a stream of young people across its threshold. Once inside, the children will find, in Hornby’s words, “a ministry of stories secreted behind its humble facade”.

Acclaimed fellow writers Roddy Doyle and Zadie Smith are backing the scheme, which has been inspired by the success of the American novelist Dave Eggers’s 826 National movement.

And now Hornby has put his money where his mouth is, bringing Eggers’s crusading spirit to the streets of the capital in an effort to make writing a universal skill. As the American writer said this weekend: “The most democratic means to self-empowerment is through education and the written word and a centre like the Ministry of Stories will be life-changing for the youth of London.”