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Ministry of Stories

Ministry of Stories: A writing and mentoring space for young people in East

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Join the Ministry of Stories on unique adventures through lands of fire and dragons. Meet greedy unicorns and pig presidents and help us hunt for missing emojis and doughnuts. Each episode features a short story written and read by children who attend writing clubs at the Ministry of Stories. Created with the generous support of Matt Hill and Penguin Random House Audio. Thanks to our funders: the Breadsticks Foundation, Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Arts Council England.
 
For the last few decades there's been a revolution in the knitting world, and we go behind the scenes to gain insight into what inspired and motivated the knitting superstars who were part of this exciting time. Join us every two weeks on Vogue Knitting Knitterviews as we interview the influencers who contributed to making the knitosphere what it is today. Brought to you by Penguin Random House Audio: “Listen while you knit."
 
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S6 E37: In this episode, meet poet Alessandra Narváez Varela, performer Laura Hankin, and poet Ishle Yi Park. Listen in as these three authors describe their new novels and what inspired them - whether that be rethinking how we talk about mental health, classic love stories, or infiltrating secret clubs. Plus, hear them share what it was like to re…
 
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