Jane Cornwell

Journalist, writer, critic, host.

Informed, engaging writing and copywriting on music, arts, culture and travel by established journalist. Feature interviews a speciality. Books, broadcasting, lecturing, hosting… Let me help you broaden your readership, enliven your event.

Australian-born, London-based, I write for major newspapers and online platforms in the UK and Australia. I have been the jazz critic and world music critic for the London Evening Standard, am a contributing editor of Songlines magazine, a go-to freelancer for the likes of News Limited and Fairfax and a writer of books, press releases, programme notes and copy for a wide range of clients. I’m a compere and onstage interviewer at festivals including WOMAD and the EFG London Jazz Festival.

In 2019 I completed a highly regarded Masters degree in Global Creative and Cultural Industries (Distinction) at SOAS, University of London. My dissertation on the resurgence of jazz music in London – ‘Jazz Refreshed? A Contemporary Jazz Phenomenon’ – involved research, interviews, robust arguments and new ideas. While in Melbourne in 2021 I was writer-in-residence for Yarra Ranges Council. In July 2022 I won the Jazz Media Award at the UK Parliamentary Jazz Awards. I have since compered Higher Ground: A Night with Patti Smith at the London Palladium, the D&B Soundscape stage at the WOMAD festival, the Forum talks stage at Wilderness festival and venues including the Barbican, Cadogan Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall for the EFG London Jazz Festival. I was a member of the 2023 Moods Jazzpreis Jury in Zurich. Switzerland. Highlights of 2024 so far include compering the Songlines 25th Anniversary concert at the Barbican.