Jane Cornwell

Journalist, writer, wanderer.

Informed, engaging writing and copywriting on music, arts, culture and travel by established journalist. Feature interviews a speciality. Books, broadcasting, lecturing, hosting… If you want the best, look no further.

Australian-born, London-based, I write for major newspapers and online platforms in the UK and Australia. I have been the longtime jazz critic, and even longer time world music critic, for the London Evening Standard. I’m also a compere at WOMAD, 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 and programme notes. I have written tourist board brochures and snappy copy for a range of clients including luxury brands. Sometimes I give lectures, and go on ABC and BBC Radio. Before all this I did an Honours postgraduate degree in anthropology at Monash University in Melbourne.

In 2019 I completed a highly regarded Masters degree in Global Creative and Cultural Industries at SOAS, University of London – a course designed to deepen understanding of the Cultural Industries and how they are organised, financed, regulated and have been understood in theory. I received a Distinction after studying modules including Music Business, Analytical Approaches to the Global Creative and Cultural Industries and Music in Development, which paired an interest in music and related cultural performance with advocacy and social development practice. My dissertation on the resurgence of jazz music in London – ‘Jazz Refreshed? A Contemporary Jazz Phenomenon’ – involved research, interviews, robust arguments and new ideas.