Saturday, January 23, 2016

Jan Cornall - written works

2013: Archipelagogo (collection of poems, songs, short stories, also performed as acapella cabaret).
2008: Take Me To Paradise (play).
2006: Take Me To Paradise (novella).
2001: Girls Of The Reel  (musical play).
2000: Hanging Onto The Tail Of A Goat (play).
1999: Escape From a Better Place (ABC radio drama adaption).
1997: At the Crossroads (musical play).
1994: Talk (feature film).
1987: Escape From a Better Place (stage play).
1987: Tisket - Tasket  (co-writer children’s play)
1986: House Wife - The Musical.
1984: Binge (teenage musical play).
1983: Working Woman’s Lunch (co-writer, worksite play).
1982: Altered Egos (comedy).
1982: Standing Up Bent -Woman On The Run (solo play).
Aroma Billings exotic artiste ordinaire (comedy)
1981: Worse Than Perverse (song cycle).
1980:Failing In Love Again (cabaret).
1979: Failing In Love Again (musical).


2015: CAL Copyright Agency, travel and residency grant, Istanbul, Turkey.
2009: Australia India Society travel grant.
2006: Asia Link Literary Residency, Indonesia
2000-2: Writer In the Community, Upper Hunter Arts.
2001: Creative Development, CCD, Girls of The Reel.
2000: New Work, Theatre Fund, Hanging Onto The Tail Of A Goat.
1997: Creative Development, At the Crossroads.
1994: Writer In the Community, Newcastle Community Centre.
1989: New Work Grant, Binge.
1988: Creative Development, Music Board with Dal Babare.
1987–1991: Australian Film Commission screenplay development, Talk.
1989: Writer’s Fellowship, Literature Board, The Good Daughter.
1987: New Work grant – Tisket, Tasket, co- writer.
1986: New Writers Fellowship Literature Board, Escape.
1983: Art and Working Life Grant - Working Woman’s Lunch.
1982: Theatre Board, New Work, Woman On The Run .
1979: Writer In Residence, Pram Factory, Australian Performing Group, Melbourne.

Jan Cornall - written works and performance

2017               Performance poetry and song at Makassar International Writer's Festival, 

2015                Performed readings, Irrawaddy Literary Festival, Burma
                        Readings, Maumau Arts Centre, Istanbul, Turkey

2014            Archipelagogo launch, The Bowery Poetry Club, NewYork City
                     Readings, poetry event Massachusetts
                     Poet in residence events, Parliament on King, Newtown

2013            Archipelagogo, launch, Ubud Writers and Readers Festival 
                    Poetry performance, Irrawaddy Literary Festival,  Burma

2010             Poetry performance at Hong Kong International Literary Festival

2009              Performance art at Open Art Festival, Beijing
                      Performance poetry collaboration at Mata Air Festival, Salatiga, Java
2004-8         Spoken and sung word performances at:
                    Ubud Writers Festivals, ‘04.’05.’06
                    Braidwood Two Fires Feb’05
                    Darwin Wordstorm’05
                    Utan Kayu International Literary Biennale ‘05
                    Take Me To Paradise, novel, launched at Ubud Writer's Festival, 2006
                    Winner, People's Choice,  Poetry Slam, Ubud Writers Festival 2006
                    Jazz poetry CD, Jan Cornall, Singing Srengenge, launched Bali and Java, 2006
                    Perfurbance Festivals, Jogjakarta ‘06,’07.’08
                    Gang Festival, Sydney ‘08
                    Take Me to Paradise, OzAsia Festival (writer, producer, performer)

1996-2003   Hanging Onto the Tail of A Goat (writer)
                    Girls Of the Reel (musical, writer0
                    At the Crossroads (musical, writer)
                    Charity MC, auctioneer

1986-96    Talk (feature film, screen writer)              
                  Escape From A Better Place(writer)
                  House Wife, The Musical (writer)
                  Tasket Tasket, (co-writer)
                  Binge (co-writer)

1980 - 85    Working Woman’s Lunch (co writer comedienne)
                    Altered Egos (comedienne)            
                    Characters Tour with Wendy Harmer, Gretel Kileen (comedienne)
                    Women’s Comedy at the Gap (comedienne)
                     Standing Up Bent (comedienne)
                    Aroma Billings Multicultural Waitress and Exotic Artiste Ordinaire (writer, singer, comedienne)
                    Woman on the Run (writer, actor)
                    Worse Than Perverse (singer, songwriter)
                    The Coming Out Tour (singer, songwriter)
                    Failing In Love Again Cabaret (writer, singer)
1978-79       Nightshift at The Pram (actor)
                    Red Love (actor)
                    L’Amante Anglaise (actor)
                    World Premiere of Stephen Sewell’s play, Traitors (actor)
                    Failing In Love Again Musical (writer, actor, singer)

1974-8         Singer /songwriter USA, Europe
                    Percussionist with Baba Yaga (USA)

1968-74       Tribe at La Mama (actor)
                    Australian Performing Group at the Pram Factory(actor)

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Festival Pix

After beginning her career as an actor at La Mama and The Pram Factory in Melbourne, Jan Cornall began performing her original cabaret works with pianist Elizabeth Drake at the Adelaide Fringe Festival in the early 80's. More recently she has read and performed her work at literary and performance art festivals in the Asia Pacific region. Below are some festival pics from the past decade.

2015: A performance of songs and poems from her collection, Archipelagogo - Love Songs to Indonesia, at Irrawaddy Literary Festival, Mandalay, Burma.

2013: Irrawaddy Literary Festival,  Feb 1-3, Burma. Performance with Burmese poets at the boathouse venue, Inya Lake Hotel. Jan collaborated with poet Nyein Way.

 2012:  Performed reading at Asia Pacific Writers Conference, Bangkok.

2012: Northern Kingdoms Poetry Festival, Siem Reap, Cambodia.

2011: Trentenalle Merigar Festival, Tuscany, Italy.

2010. Hong Kong International Literary Festival, Asia Pacific Writers Conference, Hong Kong.

2009: Open Art Festival Beijing.

2009:Mata Air Festival, Salatiga, Indonesia.
Ubud Writers Festival (Borobodur with Triyanto Triwikromo), Utan Kayu Literary Biennale,
Women Playwrights International Conference Mumbai,

2008:  OzAsia Festival, Adelaide, Perfurbance Jogjakarta,Reality Bites Festival Noosa,
Gang Festival, Sydney.

2007: Perfurbance, Jogjakarta.
Awakening Global Action, Bali.
2006: Ubud Writers Festival, Perfurbance #2.

2005: Ubud Writers Festival, St Kilda Writers Festival, Two Fires Festival. Braidwood

Darwin Wordstorm, Global Healing Conference Bali. Utan Kayu Literary Biennale Indonesia.
2004: Ubud Writers Festival.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Escape From A Better Place

 Escape was written on a theatre Board Fellowship, was workshopped by Playworks and had four productions in the late 80's : Interact Theatre Canberra, Melbourne Universal Theatre, Albury, Newcastle Playhouse  and was adapted for ABC Radio Drama in 2000.


Sunday morning - two characters, George (career woman) and Georgy (house husband) have locked the kids (they don't remember how many they have) out of their bedroom until 11 am so they can have 'special mummy and daddy'. Exhausted from the week G&G fall in and out of sleep and conversation in a bid to 'connect'. At the same time each is trying to escape while the other sleeps.
They have disconnected conversations like

GEORGE - Put your sock on
GEORGE - Put your sock on
GEORGE - Put your sock on!


GEORGY - do you want peanut butter or vegemite?
GEORGE - huh
GEORGY - do you want peanut butter or vegemite?
GEORGE  - huh
GOERGY - do you want peanut butter or vegemite!!!


GEORGE - I love you
GEORGE - No, what I mean is I really love you.
GEORGY - Uh huh
GEORGE - I love you in a way you probably wouldnt understand
GEORGY - Uh huh
GEORGE - I should hate you I know you so well. But I don’t. I love you.
GEORGY - Uh huh
GEORGE - I love all the things I hate about you. God, I’d hate you to love all the things you hate about me, but then you probably do don’t you?
GEORGY -Uh huh
GEORGE - So you’re not leaving?  You’ll stay?
GEORGY - Uh huh

(c) Jan Cornall 1987

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Northern Kingdoms Poetry Journeys

Siem Reap, Cambodia, Chiang Mai, Thailand,  November  2- 9, 2012.
The ancient kingdoms of Angkor and Lanna provide the perfect backdrop for the first Northern Kingdoms Poetry Journeys, a two-city, seven-day adventure of culture, workshops, readings and tributes to the written and spoken words.  Festival organiser Loven Ramos is opening his wonderful art Hotel 1961 for readings and workshops as well as lining up some stunning venues around town and among the ruins of Angkor Wat (see program at the end of this post).

Some of the poets attending...

Siem Reap, Cambodia schedule:


11am - Brunch at Hariharalaya Retreat Center, an oasis for meditation in an old Khmer wooden house set in the middle of Rolous, the site of the first capital of the ancient Angkor empire

1 pm - Poetry and Meditation workshop by Joel Altman

3 pm - Poets in Tuktuks - a Creative Visualization workshop by Marcel Milliam

individual dinner and sightseeing


9 am - Breakfast picnic at Wat Enkosa’s Ankorean ruins with spotlight on Smot, the ancient Khmer form of lyrical poetry

lunch at 1961

3 pm - Experimental Sound Poetry workshop by Jan Cornall

9 pm - poetry in motion + poetry and music + green poetry + open mic performances - all at 1961


8 am - journey to Ta Prohm

10 am - Ekphrasis workshop by Ms. Marjorie Evasco at Takeo temple, an imposing Khmer pyramid originally built as a state temple but was completely abandoned because lightning hit its peak just before final decorative work was done.

lunch at Angkor Café

1 pm - Poetry by the ruins; readings at the sacred grounds of Angkor Wat led by Ms. Marjorie Evasco

4 pm - Further visits to Bayon and Baphuon temples at the Angkor Thom complex

8 pm - exhibition opening by Oun Savann and Darshana Bolt + readings by the Siem Reader + closing program + open mic performances - all at 1961

NOVEMBER 5 OR 6 - travel to Chiang Mai by land or air

Chiang Mai, Thailand schedule:

7pm - welcome cocktails

10 am - Poets on tuktuks - traveling poetry sessions and paste ups around the Old City with workshop by Marcel Milliam

lunch by the Mae Ping river area (The Gallery Restaurant)
The Gallery 25-27-29 Charoen Raj Rd., Chiang Mai 50000, Thailand
For reservation: Tel. 053 248 601-2

2 pm - Water and poetry - poetry release on the Ping River

9 pm - Poetry readings at the Chiang Mai Writer’s Club and Wine Bar

9 am - Poetry in bloom; readings at the Royal Flora Park

Tuesday, September 27, 2011


It's not easy to find information on the experimental performance group Tribe I joined in 1969 so I have gathered some quotes and links here to help put a picture together, mostly from the Pram Factory site put together by Sue Ingleton. Tribe eventually merged with the Australian Performing Group at the Pram in the early seventies.

Early Tribe(Melb) L-R Fay Mokotow, Nick, Jane Clifton, Bill Doblo,Jan Bucknall, Carol Porter, Jan Cornall, Doug Anders

"Carol Porter. I met her at la Mama when she was in Tribe. I was well disposed towards Tribe. I liked the people and had quite a bit to do with them especially later when they joined the Pram Factory I sustained that connection. Doug Anders. I hitchhiked to Queensland with Alice when she was five. We were going to visit Lou Costello. At Maleny I found Doug Anders in a converted milking shed, beautiful country, and we went out each morning stark naked with a hoe. We stayed there for a while. Later I heard he was growing herbs or nuts. He did a production of the Hills Family Show. He did my role of Sandringham and he had to get the secret of the mind reading act."

"Tribe was around with Doug Anders. They were very influenced by Joe Chaikin’s work and did performances at La Mama where the audience looked through little holes in the  wall into the performance and they performed the Plague, dying horribly in audiences’ laps. I was friendly with them but I only got to work with them later on Bert Deling’s film Dalmas. (in 1973) Peter Handke’s Ride across Lake Constance brought some of Tribe into the Back Theatre.  Alan Robertson was directing, Carol Porter and Red Symons and Jane Clifton were all performing.  Alan broke his leg in a motorcycle accident in the last week or so before it opened and I stepped in to get the show on. It was a great production."

Richard Murphet says
 "When I returned to Australia in 1970, the APG had moved to the Pram from La Mama and the kind of work that was being done - the shows investigating the various aspects of Australian history - were not the type that I could at that time relate to. So my connections then were to the surreal improvisations of Tribe which were full of crazy humour and always seemed to hover between panic and terror. The people I got to know through Tribe were Alan Robertson, Fay Mokotow, Frank Starrs9, Jane Clifton, Carol Porter and Bob Daly."
The Great Stumble Forward performing in a Carlton Park

"TRIBE - experimental theatre group directed by Doug Anders and which performed at La Mama, the Pram Factory and in the streets. ( 1969 - 1972.) Co-directed A Ride Across Lake Constance by Peter Handke at the Pram Factory.

Rob Tillet (from the Adeaide band Red Angel Panic) says
Viet Rock was a play performed at Adelaide University by in 1969,
directed by Doug Anders, featuring among others Margot Nash. Doug
(originally from Brisbane I think) had a theatre group called Tribe,
which went on to greater things in Melbourne. I wrote the music or most
of it, as it's a bit blurry now (if you can remember the 60's you
weren't there etc etc). It was based on the US play, but Doug's method
was to form a group that then more or less reinvented the script (if
there was one). In fact the Red Angel Panic was first formed in 1968 to
work with Doug in an absolutely incredible piece called Rites
Underground, which was performed at Theatre 62. This led to us forming a
theatre/poetry/dance performance group called Holocaust (an Adelaide
version of Tribe), and we put on some plays here and there, published
magazines, did some poetry readings, and various street theatre events,
along with a vast amount of revolutionary fervour. We were known as the
"Psychedelic Left" Hahaha. It was always a spiritual journey for me,
rather than a political one.

 Mic Conway ( Captain Matchbox ) says
In the early days I’d worked with ‘Tribe’. Tribe was a group that were weaving in and out of the areas that I yearned towards and with people like Alan Robertson, Doug Anders etc. I found the basis of my future work. In one of our performances I remember we were once headlined in Truth newspaper. There was Margaret, a woman from Tribe, who was playing a vamp on a sofa and all the guys walked in as Charlie Chaplin and had (simulated) sex with her to the song, ‘Who walks in when I walk out?’ Truth wrote it up as ‘Sex in Rock shows!’

Conference Transcript Day 1, Session 4,aspects of the New Wave, Panel.
"In Brisbane when I was a student we had The Tribe and Doug Anders and there were all the influences from Europe and America. We don't call them group gropes any more; we call them crutch and armpit exercises. You would be naked from top to toe and have your nose up someone's private part." 

Stephen Cummings writes about Tribe in his memoir - Will it be Funny Tomorrow Billy
Tribe's leader/director Doug Anders was his english teacher and as a school boy he often used to visit the big hippy house where Tribe members lived in South Yarra.

Doug Anders and the Tribe - 2 copies
"Tribe was in existence before I joined in 1969 and had sister groups in Adelaide (Margot Nash) and Brisbane (Bob and Barb Daly)
One hot summer (must have been 1970) we took our big cast production of Megan Terry's Viet Rock and performed it on the campus of Adelaide Uni."

Carol Porter has the best memory on Tribe:
"Tribe was where I began. Alison Ware and myself went to a summer school of drama at Brighton Girls School where, initially, Jim Sharman was teaching the course, but then Jim had to leave to do something else so Doug Anders took over the second half, and it was out of that that we formed the Melbourne Tribe. It was a totally new concoction from the Queensland original. Doug Anders stayed on in Melbourne and  the group  that formed around him included Bob Daly, his wife Barb, Fay Mokotow, Jan Cornall, Alan Robertson, Bruce Spence- who was with me in art school at RMIT and myself. The first show we did was ‘Saturday’ by Barry Mc Kimm at La Mama, that was the one that was made up from newspaper stories and ‘Programme A and B’, which consisted of ‘Serpent’ and ‘Viet Rock’, and we subsequently took that show to Adelaide. The cast by then included Jude Kuring and Jan Bucknall (who is now in America), Bruce Webster, Jane Clifton, Lutz Presser, et al.

A whole stream of people who eventually were going to veer into the Pram kept working at La Mama for a number of years. Bob Thorneycroft and Joe Bolza did ‘My  Foot, My Tutor’, and Fay Mokotow did a  production of ‘Punch and Judy’ with Michael Price and Alan Robertson. I think it was on Fay's initiative that we did  Peter Handke’s ‘Ride Across Lake Constance’, she’d read the script in a TDR and she really wanted to put it on. I remember we went to an APG meeting and asked if we could do it in the Back Theatre Space. ‘Lake Constance’, in ‘73 was the first time I performed at the Pram. The cast included Red Symons and Jan Cornall. I remember it was a gorgeous set, Stephen someone from RMIT who was a friend of mine did the set. Just before ‘Lake Constance’, I was performing with bands alongside the work with Tribe. Then I had a break. I got married to Bruce Woodcock the musician who lived in a double decker bus. I don't know why I got married, maybe because it was something to do. It lasted eight months and then it was over.  By then I had lost touch with Tribe, who had gone on and done other things. Later Doug Anders moved to north Queensland and lived on a commune for twenty years. He came down to Melbourne a couple of years ago and we had lunch but I didn't connect with him after that."

Ride Across Lake Constance. L-R, Red Symons, Jan Cornall, Pudding, Carol Porter

Jan Cornall says
 In 1967 I was studying Speech and Drama at Melbourne Teachers College. Peter Green and Max Gillies were among my tutors. I flunked all my subjects except Drama (got an HD) and decided to go to a theatre summer school run by Jim Sharman and dance guru Margaret Barr.There I met Doug Anders, Joe Bolza, Carol Porter, Alison Ware and others and we formed the Melbourne chapter of Tribe. There were already cells in Brisbane (Bob and Barb Daly and others) and Adelaide (Margo Nash). Doug was the leader and asked for total committment. He didn't really need to ask. We were happy to spend all our week nights and weekends improvising and rehearsing.We did a lot of Artaud inspired guerilla/street theatre and did our first theatre show, Saturday, by musician Barry McKimm, at La Mama in 1969 (see cast below). The script consisted of headlines from newspapers which were written on a black board and acted out in repetition.One of the headlines was about a bikie gang doing bad things. We found some real bikers who rode their big loud motorbikes up to the carpark outside, banged on the tin fence and terrified everyone inside. Allan Robertson was one of the bikers. Bruce Spence was in it, Jude Kuring, Jane Clifton and more (see below).

We were spending all our time together.Doug, Alison and Joe rented an old Toorak mansion. Some people lived in La Basa. I moved into the second Tribe mansion in South Yarra with Alan Robertson, Fay Mokotow, Doug and numbers of others who came and went including Paul Bailey, Bill Doblo. Around the same time the APG - Australian Performing Group - Kerry Dwyer, Graeme Blundell, Allen Finney, Bill Garner, Meg Clancy, Peter Cummins and many more, were resident at La Mama. We came together for some workshops and to lead the Vietnam Moratorium marches with street theatre.

 I left Tribe in 1971 to go out teaching and worked that year with Syd Clayton at La Mama in Hands Down Gourds.In 1972 I went travelling to the Adelaide Festival with a bunch of Melbourne poets including Chris Mann (we became Allen Ginsberg's unofficial entourage). I went north for a year or so and when I came back Doug had split and most of Tribe were doing work at The Pram Factory. I acted in the Ride Across Lake Constance by Peter Handke (which could have been the last official Tribe production), opposite Red Symons and Carol Porter and the cast mentioned above, in the Back Theatre at the Pram. It was a brilliant production seen by so few (performed in the dead of winter with no heating). I decided to give up theatre and concentrate on music. I took off for a four year stint overseas.When I got back former Tribe members were either working at the Pram Factory or doing their own thing.


TRIBE SHOWS (not all listed)
SATURDAY-Barry McKimm.                                                                   feb 1969
Dir: Doug Anders. Cast: Doug Anders, Joe Bolza, Fay Mokotow, Carol Porter, Alan Robertson, Jan Cornall, Alison Ware, Jane Clifton, Lutz Presser, Bruce Webster, Bruce Spence, Jenny Jones, Judith Kuring, Jan Bucknall.

PROGRAMME ’A’                                                                                       July 1969
Dir Doug Anders cast:Carol Porter , Alison Ware, Jan Cornall, Joe Bolza, Doug Anders, Frank Starr,

Dir Doug Anders cast: Carol Porter , Ines Martucci, Fay Mokotow, Jan Bucknall, Susie Wolf, Irene Crombie, Mandy Pearce, Jane Nisbet, Eric Colladetti, Bruce Webster, Alan Robertson, Frank Starr, Doug Anders


STREET THEATRE AT VIETNAM MORATORIUM                        8/5 1970

Other shows:

The Hieronymous Bosch Hour,  La Mama.

The Serpent by Jean Clude van Itallie.

Viet Rock by Megan Terry. Adelaide Uni, 1969.

Art Gallery Happenings including performing excerpts of the Serpent at the opening of the Victorian Art Gallery main hall.

Plague Scene Public Events (inspired by Artaud's Theatre of Cruelty).

Working with bands at The TF Much Ballroom including Spectrum and others.

RMIT Show - an experiential performance involving tons of soil in a basement.

Melb Uni Event- a plastic experience extravaganza where you crawled through plastic tunnels and slid into a pond of jelly  - at Melb Uni swimming pool.

The Ride Across Lake Constance by Peter Handke, directed by Allan Robertson, Robyn Laurie, Jane Clifton, actors included Carol Porter, Red Symons, Pudding, Jan Cornall and more.  

Films - The Firm Man, dir. John Duigan - Tribe played itself.
          - Dalmas, dir. Bert Deling, a number of Tribe members took part.
          - Pure Shit, dir Bert Deling with some Tribe members and associates.

The Pram Factory

This information has been gathered by Jan Cornall from linked websites.

Saturday, September 17, 2011


Failing In Love Again - a musical cabaret

"When composer Friedrich Hollaender back in 1929, wrote the original version of Falling In Love Again for Sternberg's Blue Angel, he could not have forseen that in 1979 a brilliant writer/composer Jan Cornall, would cleverly paraphrase this title into the entertaining Failing In Love Again cabaret. The comparison between the two themes is not so far fetched. Cornall's cabaret artists blare out the summary of their sexual disenchantment in a way that makes us laugh, chuckle and nod our heads."
                                                                                     The Australian Jewish News 1979

Standing Up Bent - Woman on the Run (one woman play) plus Aroma Billings - multi cultural waitress.

"Comic genius! Standing up Bent is the expression of a remarkable comedienne. Jan Cornall shows us that a persons saving grace is the ability to laugh - at one's self"
                                                                                                        Canberra Times 1983

 Escape From a Better Place - play
" A witty clever comic cry for liberation from the tyranny of the materialism of modern urban societies and the constraints of the weary treadmills of working and domestic life.
                                                                                                         Canberra Times 1987

Talk - feature film starring Victoria Longley, Angie Milliken , Richard Roxborough.
Directed by Susan Lambert, screenplay by Jan Cornall.
Nominated for AFI best actor award.

" Brimming with female revelations, erotic conversations and frank and funny disclosure. These are women who don't simply talk, but as we see by the films conclusion, are empowered by their mutual support and easy confidence, to act as well."
                                                                                                             Cinema Papers 1994

At the Crossroads  - a musical about women on the land
Written by Jan Cornall.
Musical arrangements, additional songs and melodies by Chrissie Shaw.
Directed by Camilla Blunden.

"This is Australian theatre of the best traditional kind: entertaining in a slightly larrikin way, encouraging the audience to clap, cheer and whistle while also eliciting silent appreciation of the reality of peoples lives in the bush. Issues  are confronted through the women's stories, gathered in research across the nation, not in an ideological way but with humanity, humour and sensitivity to the complexities of land ownership, ecological degradation, love loyalty and spirituality."
                                                                                                       Canberra Times  1997

Hanging Onto The Tail Of A Goat - a solo performance by Tibetan/Australian, Tenzing Tsewang
Written by Jan Cornall from stories told by Tenzing Tsewang.
Directed by Brian Joyce.
Produced by Sabina Lauber.

 "Writer Jan Cornall has worked with Tenzing’s stories to produce a cyclically anecdotal.. reflection of this man’s life.... uses humour and lightness to tell a story redolent with loss, injustice and suffering. As my companion observed - a whisper can be louder than a scream. The jaded postmodern eye is surely confounded by this ingenuous, peaceful and honest work. There is very little theatrical drama, no tension or angst. With all the injustices and atrocities, hardships and disappointments that this man has suffered you’d expect to see anger, grief, resentment or questioning in the face of the loss of his country, wife and child. But there is none. Instead, a gentle recount delivered with respect and equanimity. Tenzing Tsewang demonstrates rather than tells the practice of Buddhism and refuses hectic and exhausting emotionalism. Under floating video clouds he allows us to contemplate the paradox of happiness, injustice and impermanence."
                                                                                                          Realtime Arts 2001

Performance at Utan Kayu Literary Biennale, Jakarta - performance poetry
Lauren Williams and Jan Cornall joined international and local writers and poets in an Indonesian three cities performance - Bandung, Lampung and Jakarta

"Poets Cornall, Williams: Artists are Ambassadors
Williams and  Cornall both feel that raising the profile of Indonesian literary artists can only be good for their country and conversely their own experience has shown the Indonesian public are eager and ready for such exposure. Cornall has found her own amusing subject in the helplessness of foreign participants to find their way during the tour. 'I'm lost', she recites (in Indonesian language  - Aku tersesat!) full of pathos and despair. The impromptu piece follows one such participant on a quest for milk for their tea, unable to locate a grocery store nearby. The poem ends with the character finally finding the store and milk only to turn around and moan - now where is the hotel? "
                                                                                                    The Jakarta Post 2005

Take Me To Paradise - novel
published by Saritaksu Editions 2006

While Cornall's first work of prose -- she has previously written plays, poetry, songs and a screenplay -- explores underlying themes of abandonment, self-denial and loss, it is never pedantic nor forced in their treatment, and at times borders on self-effacing. Instead, what stands out is her sense of humor, one that finds the comic in all encounters, especially the absurd and awkward.

Cornall's humor is particularly apparent in Marilyn's imagined monologues, whether to explain why she is going to Bali to the passenger beside her on the plane, or as she ponders over her past and relives experiences in full view of the reader -- such as her fumbling experiment with Internet dating.
These monologues are so honest, genuine and stark in their effortless delivery that one begins to suspect that Take Me to Paradise is semi-autobiographical.

And in the end, her escape is one that turns into a journey, not so much of self-discovery as one of self-awakening -- of senses and sensuality, independence and individuality. Paradise, in this sense, exists within oneself.

Part travel journal, part diary, Take Me to Paradise is a gem of a novella likely to become a well-worn travel companion.
                                                                                       Chisato Hara, The Jakarta Post, 2006

Take Me To Paradise - stage show based on Jan's novel of the same name.
Written, produced by Jan Cornall
Directed by Brian Joyce
Music by Deva Permana, Wendy Angerrani
Puppetry by Jumaadi
Poems and performance by Sitok Srengenge

"A combination of autobiography, cabaret and narrative, 'Take Me To Paradise'
was not only a superb entertainment achieved through a fusion of song, poetry
and cultural effects, but was provocative, ironic, funny and thoughtful. Jan
Cornall's vibrant energy matched and meshed with Sitok Strengenge's deep,
meditative and powerful poetic voice to provide the fluctuating rhythms which
made the evening so memorable. Supported by puppetry, traditional percussion
and tasteful jazz, 'Take Me To Paradise' was one of the highlights of the
OzAsia Festival. It made us re-think art and life ... what little difference
there is between them when talents combine and cultures intermingle to share
their history and their laughter."

                              Brian Castro, Chair of Creative Writing, University of Adelaide, 2008.