Autograph, London

My Hero Is Nothing Like the Movie Heroes

Sat 16 Sep

Past Display
A Ministry of Stories showcase

A pop-up display of works by young writers from Hackney celebrating their heroes; from mothers and best friends, to food, football GOATs and firm-but-fair teachers



Rivington Place
London EC2A 3BA, UK



This display is on for one day only - don't miss it!

past display

This display is now over. View our current exhibitions here


For the past six months, Autograph has collaborated with local charity Ministry of Stories and the young writers aged 8 - 15 who attend their Writing Labs. Taking inspiration from Autograph's exhibitions and collection, participants considered questions of identity and representation, culminating in a project responding to the question what makes a hero? And now you're invited to come and see the results!

Each young writer has picked their favourite work from the term to polish up to share in the display, featuring family members and best friends, football GOATs and firm-but-fair teachers, super-strong superheroes and ancient doctors. Join us to celebrate their achievements.



Everyone is welcome at Autograph. Planning a visit? Have a look at our Visit Us page to find out more about getting to the gallery, accessibility and more.


Accessible VEnue

Autograph welcomes people with all types of disabilities.


Step free

Our building and entrance is step free. A wheelchair accessible lift goes to all floors.



Drinks and refreshments available.

related content


Celebrating the humble breadstick (and other everyday heroes)

See a selection of poems and cyanotype prints from the young people at Ministry of Stories on Autograph's blog.

See More

In partnership with


Ministry of Stories

Ministry of Stories champions the writer in every child. Co-founded by author Nick Hornby in 2010, Ministry of Stories helps young people write brighter futures for themselves through the power of their ideas and imagination.

They build confidence, self-respect and communication skills through innovative writing programmes and one-to-one mentoring for children, working in schools and at their dedicated writing centre in east London. Find out more about their work on their website.

Read More


Congratulations to all the young writers of Ministry of Stories' Writing Labs. With huge thanks to the volunteer writing mentors. For Ministry of Stories: Linden K McMahon, Jessica Randall, Rob Smith. For Autograph: Mavreen Arhin, Livvy Murdoch. Artist Facilitator: Shepherd Manyika. Design: Studio Brick.

supported by

Ministry of Stories is supported by and grateful to the following organisations:
Arts Council England; Amazon Literary Partnership; Rachel Hood 1978 Charitable Trust; Tom ap Rhys Pryce Memorial Trust; The Fagus Anstruther Memorial Trust; Cockayne Grants for the Arts, a donor advised fund held at The London Community Foundation

All the cyanotype images on this page were produce by Ministry of Stories' Writing Labs participants, during a workshop led by artist Shepherd Manyika.

Your visit: Rivington Place, home of Autograph. Photograph by Zoë Maxwell.