Above: Cannon Creek Country Band 📷 Karen Barnes

In Queensland, Joanna teaches piano in schools, in homes and online. She writes music reviews for Scenestr, is in a country band, and owns a melodica that she’s mad about.

Joanna started work in financial markets but switched to financial news and remained in that field for 16 years in London. During that time she also wrote for Straight No Chaser. In 2008 she took voluntary redundancy from the then newly-merged financial newswire ThomsonReuters.

Joanna moved to her parents’ birthplace Sabah, a Malaysian state on the island of Borneo. She spent time getting to know her very large extended family (Joanna was born in London). She played piano in the Jesselton Hotel, Kota Kinabalu, and wrote a blog about the local musicians. When she said she was moving to Australia, there was support to turn the blog into a book. The result was 1000 copies of a beautiful coffee table book residing in the Sabah State Library, the Sabah Tourism Board, and in hundreds of households of Sabahan musicians and their extended families. The book was published in 2012, and was a wonderful way to end what was an experience of a lifetime.

After living in London, New York, France, Singapore and Malaysia, Joanna thinks Australia just might be the place to settle down, and to become “that lady who teaches piano” in the Scenic Rim.