16 episodes

Inspiring life stories from amazing people you've, probably, never heard of.

Jo chinwags with guests from diverse backgrounds and delves into their lives so far. Guests include actors, adventurers, comedians, dancers, artists, singers, filmmakers, foster carers, authors, entrepreneurs, linguists and more.

Who would we be without our stories? Sharing, listening and learning about our experiences is the essence of being human.

Real Folk with Jo Burke Jo Burke

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 8 Ratings

Inspiring life stories from amazing people you've, probably, never heard of.

Jo chinwags with guests from diverse backgrounds and delves into their lives so far. Guests include actors, adventurers, comedians, dancers, artists, singers, filmmakers, foster carers, authors, entrepreneurs, linguists and more.

Who would we be without our stories? Sharing, listening and learning about our experiences is the essence of being human.

    15. Benjamin Bankole Bello - Character comedian President Obonjo

    15. Benjamin Bankole Bello - Character comedian President Obonjo

    Jo's back with more Real Folk. Put your feet up and join Jo for an intriguing and thought provoking chat with 'accidental' comedian, Benjamin Bankole Bello, who has spent more than a decade honing his comic character, President Obonjo, African Dictator of LAFTA Republic, who became a social media viral sensation. Check out his millions of views on TikTok, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Jo and Ben discuss his rise and almost complete destruction in an industry they both love.  Unbelievably many people, including previous real life presidents, can't tell fact from fiction...you can see his ITVx comedy special  'Stolen' via his website presidentobonjo.com or on the ITVx App.

    • 55 min
    14. Anna Kennedy OBE - Autism educator and Strictly star

    14. Anna Kennedy OBE - Autism educator and Strictly star

    Kick back in your favourite comfy chair and join Jo and Anna chatting about autism awareness, Strictly Come Dancing and meeting the Queen. Anna shares the story of her children's diagnosis. What led her to set up two specialist schools, a college, a residential home and Anna Kennedy Online. She is also known as Autisms answer to 'Simon Cowell' (she's not sure that's a good thing) owing to the fabulous annual competition she created called 'Autism's Got Talent'. Jo and Anna are massive dance fans so couldn't resist nattering about Anna's amazing experience on the 'Strictly People's Special' in 2015 where she danced with the brilliant Robin Windsor. Oh and of course the realities of receiving an OBE and her unique Italian/Middlesbrough roots. More info on www.annakennedyonline.com

    • 53 min
    13. Amanda Egan - Author, fundraiser and creative

    13. Amanda Egan - Author, fundraiser and creative

    Amanda Egan, author of 'Diary of a Mummy Misfit' and many more, chats with Jo about her writing process, lockdown life and her latest creative adventures. Tune in for an exclusive preview of an AMAZING song from the musical based on her utterly fabulous book 'Stilettos and Stubble' set in a drag club. Composed and sung by Alan Penman, written by her husband. We simply CANNOT let Covid19 stop 'Stilettos and Stubble the Musical' from happening. You will feel the same once you've heard the song and read the book. Let's be honest we NEED this in our lives, especially now. Download Amanda's books via Amazon and follow her on Twitter @Mummy_Misfit.

    • 30 min
    12. John Fleming - Comedy connoisseur and blogger

    12. John Fleming - Comedy connoisseur and blogger

    Jo chews the fat with comedy connoisseur, blogger and founder of the infamous 'Malcolm Hardee Awards', John Fleming. They discuss great writers, naked balloon dancing, how he ended up being co-author of Malcolm Hardee's book 'I Stole Freddie Mercury's Birthday Cake' and of course life in general. Check out John's blog 'So it Goes' here: www.thejohnfleming.wordpress.com

    • 43 min
    11. Alison Knowles - Emotional wellbeing therapist and author

    11. Alison Knowles - Emotional wellbeing therapist and author

    Emotional wellbeing is critical during these challenging times. Jo chats to the inspiring, Alison Knowles, creator of 'Ollie and his Superpowers', a book brand that helps both children and adults understand and control their emotions. Ali shares her story of dyslexia, having left school with nothing but the word 'stupid' ringing in her ears. Find out how dyslexia and Covid19 pushed her in directions she would never have imagined. If you are interested in becoming an Ollie Coach, are a school teacher, or know of a school that may be interested in their approach to emotional wellbeing, then contact www.ollieandhissuperpowers.com. Recorded via Zoom prior to the second UK lockdown.

    • 41 min
    10. Lynn Rae - Make-up artist, physical therapist and pilates instructor

    10. Lynn Rae - Make-up artist, physical therapist and pilates instructor

    Grab a cuppa and join Lynn and Jo for a life affirming chat. Starting with Lynn's background as a make-up artist in the 80's, why she became a physical therapist and how she continues to manage her breast cancer diagnosis received in 2008. Find out what her biggest life lessons are and why she believes beauty truly is an inside job. Check out her website www.lynnrae.co.uk

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

KACL24 ,

Uplifting, healing and inspirational

Wow - I’ve just listened to number 10 featuring Jo and Lynn and I cannot rate this highly enough. The chat is so natural you feel as if you’re in the same room with them. Jo is a brilliant host - this chat wove magic with its entertainment producing inspiration to the listener. 51 minutes passed in seconds and my tea went cold as I was mesmerised!
Can’t wait to listen to the rest and hear no 10 again.

Philthekite ,

Love it

I love these. Hearing about people just like yourself and what they’ve managed to achieve. A real inspiration. Favourite so far is Joff and his journey around the world on his penny farthing! Jo makes you feel like you’re catching up with old friends. It’s so easy to listen to.

Sebastianinlondon ,

Brilliant and uplifting stories

Love these- Jo is a brilliant hostess, I have listened to the first 4 now and can’t wait to listen to the rest.

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