Working on JoJo and Gran Gran for CBeebies

For the last few months, I’ve been a script consultant on the award-winning show JoJo & Gran Gran; shown on CBeebies. It’s been amazing to contribute to the show’s episode of ‘It’s Time for Folktales’, which is part animation and part live-action.💥

I was also asked to be part of the show and filmed telling an Anansi story with children aged 5-7 years old. The idea was to show storytelling in action! In these photos are Holly Shepherd (Producer) and Luk Ying Yick (AP). Filming on the set at the Discover Children’s Story Centre. The children were fabulous and although we rehearsed, rather than it being impromptu as it would be in real life, they sparkled at bringing the story to life with their ideas and joining in my call and response. It was very hard to chop the story down. I’m a natural wordsmith. I embellish everything and use at least five words when I could easily use one 😆

My background is in TV production where I’ve written scripts, run live studios for CBBC before. It was very different being in front of the camera after all of these years. I loved it! 😊

More importantly, I’m so excited to know that storytelling and African and Caribbean folklore are being integrated into these popular, diverse shows. And, that my passion and expertise has contributed to it. 💥

There’s so much to be learnt from sharing our history, culture and positive images of the african diaspora.

The show will air next year. I’ll let you know when to look out for it, in the meantime you can read some of the folktales that will be shown in the TV show here, in my latest book Caribbean Folktales  🙌🏾