Jane Cornwell is an Australian-born, UK-based journalist, author, presenter, broadcaster and speaker, renowned for her informed and engaging approach to topics including jazz, folk and global music, as well as the arts and travel.
She writes for mainstream and special interest newspapers, magazines and publications in both Australia and the UK.
She has appeared on television and radio shows across the world including for ABC Australia, BBC Radio 3, JazzFM, BBC World Service, Inflight Entertainment, ABC National, BBC One and MCM Entertainment.
Jane won the Jazz Media Award at the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2022.
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A former press officer at London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts, with a Masters from SOAS, University of London, Jane Cornwell is a jazz and global music critic at the London Evening Standard, a contributing editor of Songlines and Jazzwise magazines and has interviewed a wealth of A-List artists, musicians and actors for major global publications.
She has written for and been featured in the likes of The Australian, Weekend Australian Review, London Evening Standard, Australian Financial Review and Musicians Union Magazine.
In 2016 she published her memoir The Whirl: Men, Music and Misadventures (HarperCollins), excerpts of which were featured in Vogue, The Guardian and Weekend Australian Review, and which is described as a ‘witty and wonderful journey from country to country, taking in everything from rituals and subcultures to music, relationships and the importance of female friendship.
She has also written music chapters for Lonely Planet, contributed to the coffee table books The Road Less Travelled (2009), Janet Jackson (2002) and The Corrs (1999).
Winner of the Jazz Media Award at the 2022 Parliamentary Jazz Awards, she is a compere, chair and moderator at festivals including WOMAD, the EFG London Jazz Festival and the La Linea London Latin Music Festival.
London Latin Music Conference, Jazz FM Awards, Latin Music Conference, La Linea Festival, AMPLIFY, Oslo World.
EFG London Jazz Festival, Jazzahead, Songlines Music Awards, WOMAD UK, WOMADelaide, Brightmed & Gibraltar World Music Festival, Hull 2017 City of Culture, 50 Days at the House of St Barnabus, Unamplifire Festival, Celebrating Sanctuary Festival.
New Polish Jazz: Ones to Watch online series, Mundial Montreal, WOMADelaide, EFG London Jazz Festival, Love Supreme Festival, WOMAD Festival, Real World, Australasian World Music Expo.
– Jazz Music
– Arts and Culture
– Travel Writing
– Global Music (Cuba, West Africa etc)
– Women, Ageing and Visibility
Informed, entertaining, engaging and personable, an expert on music, arts, travel and culture, Jane is a popular after-dinner and keynote speaker, awards host and event compere and will broaden your audience’s minds and enliven your event.
“I thought your contributions were great. Really thoughtful, considered and they framed the show perfectly”.
Higher Ground: A Night with Patti Smith