Hello

Hi there I’m Jo Hall and welcome to my blog. I worked with the BBC for over 25 years, in learning mostly. During the last 12 of those years I taught young people from all over Scotland how to make videos, create audio podcasts, enjoy stop frame animation and try script writing. I was Project Leader with BBC Scotland’s Learning L.A.B. I made lots of films and worked on some really interesting projects in that time including River City secondary school projects, mental health drama projects for primary schools and early years creative literacy projects.

I am now running my own business working with schools and groups making films, podcasts and doing animation. If you’d like to work with me or talk through a project please get in touch.

I also present and produce JoJo Gnome’s Story Podcast. This is a podcast filled with story telling for ages 3-6. It also encourages younger children to make up their own stories. It is free for schools and parents to use, so please have listen. I am passionate about younger children having access to stories and encouraging them to be creative storytellers themselves. I take JoJo Gnome into schools (P1/2) and nurseries to deliver story workshops… while wearing my story hat, a story is always better with a story hat. This year JoJo Gnome took part in the Boswell Book Festival and as well as sharing stories taught the children to make a story flower, it was great fun. Last year our workshops were online but this year (fingers crossed) we’ll be able to get back into schools and I’ll get to meet some of you in person.

To coincide with a new JoJo Gnome story book ‘JoJo Gnome Loves Science’ there’s going to be some STEM workshops in the autumn…so look out for that and get in touch if you are interested in doing a workshop.

On this blog I’ll be sharing some hints and tips around film making, writing and performance on camera. I’ll also be sharing some of the work the young people will be making with me. There will also be some JoJo Gnome fun stuff for the younger ones.

It promises to be an interesting journey, I look forward to having you along for the creative ride.

By Johanna Hall

Jo Hall is a writer and provides digital media workshops for schools (video, audio, animation & writing). She also produces the JoJo Gnome Story Podcast for ages 3-6.