Jan Cornall

Is a writer and performer based in Sydney, Australia. She has been awarded numerous grants and fellowships and has written fifteen produced plays, musicals, a feature film and three CD's of songs. Jan's association with Indonesia goes back to the first UWRF in 2004 where she met writers and poets from Communitas Utan Kayu ( Salihara) who invited her to Jakarta to take part in their first Asia Link Residency in 2006. Her published works, including a novel, Take Me to Paradise (set in Ubud, pub. 2006) and a jazz poetry CD (Singing Srengenge) stem from that time. A collection of short works, Archipelagogo, Love Songs to Indonesia was published in 2013 and launched/ performed at UWRF the same year. (Both published by Saritaksu Editions). After leading her first writer's retreats and workshops in Bali in conjunction with UWRF '04, Jan has gone on to lead them all around the world including: Laos, Cambodia, Fiji, Morocco, Vietnam, Burma, Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, Japan, Hong Kong, Paris, USA, and the Australian wilderness. As a result a number of writers working with Jan go on to publish with major publishing houses each year. A regular at literary festivals in the region Jan has also taken part in: Ubud Writers Festival, Utan Kayu Literary Biennale, Hong Kong Literary Festival, OzAsia Festival (Adelaide), Irrawaddy Literary Festival (Myanmar), Darwin's Wordstorm, QLD's Reality Bites Non Fiction Festival, Hong Kong International Literary Festival, Mountain Echoes Literary Festival (Bhutan), Sydney Writers Festival. Jan is currently finishing off a long term short story project with Triyanto Triwikromo - Seven Husbands and The Secret Prophet (Tri's stories set in Australia and Jan's set in Indonesia) and a travel memoir following the scent of the French writer, Marguerite Duras through Vietnam and Cambodia.

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