The MAC Downstairs
Friday 5 May, 7.45pm
Tickets also available from: Visit Belfast | 028 90 246 609
8 – 10 Donegal Square North (Opposite front of City Hall)
& themaclive.com | 02890235053
Jack Monroe is a writer, journalist and activist.
She started writing her blog, A Girl Called Jack, in February 2012, in response to her local councillor claiming in the press that ‘druggies, drunks and single mums are ruining the High Street.’ What started as a local politics blog developed into budget food and recipes, which caught the attention of the national press as she detailed living with her son on a food budget of just £10 a week. She describes the Daily Telegraph article by Xanthe Clay, ‘My 49p Lunch With A Girl Called Jack’, as the moment that changed her life.
Her first cookbook, A Girl Called Jack, was published by Michael Joseph at Penguin in February 2014, and went straight to the top of the paperback charts. Her second cookbook, A Year in 120 Recipes followed in October of the same year.
Jack is an active campaigner, fronting a petition with Unite, The Trussell Trust and The Mirror demanding politicians debate the causes of foodbank use and hunger in Britain. Within 4 days the petition had secured 100,000 signatures, and the debate was held in the House Of Commons three weeks later.
Doors: 7.15pm | Reserved Seating
‘A cross between Yvette Cooper and Delia Smith, with tattoos. ‘— THE SCOTSMAN