Burger van inspires kids’ bespoke poetry takeaway in Hoxton

The Poetry Takeaway van

The Poetry Takeaway van - Credit: Archant

Youngsters from the Ministry of Stories handed out bespoke poems to members of the public through the hatch of a Poetry Takeaway, modeled on the traditional burger van.

The poems were crafted by 8-11 year old “junior apprentice poetry chefs” from the Ministry of Stories, with the aim of delivering personalised poetry to anyone requesting it.

Visitors to the van in Hoxton Street on Saturday discussed key details like personality and interests to inspire the chef in the poem’s style and content before they whipped up an order within 10 minutes, wrapped up in a special ‘takeaway’ envelope.

Lucy Macnab, co-founder and Director of Ministry of Stories, said “For almost five years, Ministry of Stories has unleashed children’s imaginations through the power of storytelling. We love nothing more than surprising the public with the untold power of creative writing and this Saturday, we had laughter, tears and everything in between.”

The Ministry of Stories is a creative writing and mentoring centre in Hoxton Street which uses storytelling to inspire young people aged 8-18, to build up their confidence and communication.