Friday, June 27, 2014

Newtown send off

We could easily have been in NYC. A cute wee cafe on a busy boheme street, where we celebrated the end of our Indiegogo Campaign with a sneak preview of the Archipelagogo cabaret.

The tiny venue, Parliament on King,  was packed with friends and supporters.

Pumpkin soup, coffee, tea and champers kept the crowd happy.

How many people can you fit in a living room cafe!

and this was before the latecomers arrived.

Somehow as more people arrived we managed to find a place to put them!

It was standing room only for 10 or so peeps and they stood valiantly enjoying the show.

I was in my element of course, on the wee stage, made from books, specially built by host Ravi Prasad.

On a talk I gave two nights before at Ultimo Library with Walter Mason, I gave some creativity tips. 'We all need a cheer squad,' I said. 'A small group of people who encourage your creative side no matter what.' My cheer squad are in these pics. Thanks dear friends! Your support means everything to me. Without it I would forget to do the things I love to do!

Read more about Archipelagogo here.


And thanks to Jennifer Smart for pics!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Newtown gets a sneak preview

The New York Launch is all set for July 7 at The Bowery Poetry Club. It's been a whirlwind of activity organising the Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to get there, but the payoff has been receiving the fabulous support from friends, family, fellow artists and sympathisers while covering my travel expenses.

The campaign is still rolling and I'm hoping to hit a renewed target of $4500 by the June 26 deadline. To receive a signed copy of the book or other great goodies you can still make a contribution HERE.

In the meantime I need to turn a little attention to the cabaret performance I have promised of the songs and poems from the book, so I will be doing a sneak preview at my fave cafe, Parliament On King, 632 King St on Friday June 27 at 6.30 pm. Do drop by if you can for a taste of what I will be presenting in NYC.

Please spread the word to all your NY friends (doesn't everyone have them?) to show up for the real thing, the launch and cabaret of Archipelagogo,  on July 7, 6.30 pm at The Bowery Poetry Club for the launch and cabaret.

 Read excerpts from and about the book here.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Archipelagogo New York Launch Campaign

Breaking News!! Archipelagogo, the book and cabaret is set to launch in New York City on July 7th at the Bowery Poetry Club, 308 The Bowery NY, NY.

That's if I can get there!

I've just launched an Indiegogo crowd funding campaign to help raise funds for my air fare, accommodation and travel expenses. The target goal is $3500. The cut off date is June 26.

I do hope you can help. Any contribution no matter how small will be greatly appreciated.

                                     MAKE YOUR CONTRIBUTION HERE

"Archipelagogo - Love Songs To Indonesia is Jan Cornall's spoken and sung cabaret of songs and poems, rants and raves, from the recently published book of the same name. Many of these love-song-poems about people, places and the complexities of cross cultural relationships, have been sung acapella to audiences at literary festivals across the Asia Pacific Region. With a frank and fresh approach, Jan applies her playful wit and raw insight to her experiences as a naive bule (foreigner) who falls in love with everything Indonesian and every Indonesian she meets. With songs and poems like Indonesian Handbag, Jogja Cowboy, Lampung Boy, Married Men Invite You In, Pleasure and Pain, Money Honey, Exotic Erotic, Jan’s cabaret takes you on a tour of the sights and sounds of Indonesia via a map of the heart.


The words in the book are accompanied by a selection of wonderful paintings by Indonesian artist Jumaadi. See more of his work and read some of the poem/songs here.

Many thanks for your support! See you in New York!