GIRL ON THE BLOCK
A True Story of Coming of Age Behind the Counter
There are only 20 female butchers in the United Kingdom. 26-year-old Jessica Wragg is one of them. When she first started, at age 16, she was the only girl behind an all-men butcher counter in Derbyshire. A decade later, Jess has become, against all odds, a rising star in a problematically, predominantly male, middle-aged and old-world industry.
A gifted writer and story-teller in her own right (Jess has a MA in Creative Writing from University of Westminister), Jess blends her personal journey with a rich history of butchery and a lyrical and intelligent exploration of the sanctity of her craft. From trimming her first carcass to navigating the minefield of ideologies around ethical meat consumption, Jess will take us deep into the raw, at times comical, and even philosophical underbelly of her decade from apprentice to butchery expert.
When she is not writing and taking apart rib bones (she is still butcher and Operations Manager at the Ginger Pig), Jess has worked on short films with the BBC and Jamie Oliver, taken part in a nationwide campaign for Tabasco Sauce, and sharing her expertise at food festivals around the country.
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