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Stories in the Key of GC

Welcome to Gold Coast’s own storytelling night.

Local wordsmiths will weave their tales in amongst a soundscape of live sound designed by Cold Ghost, the moniker for Gold Coast musician Fletch Babb.

Presented by HOTA, Home of the Arts

Our Storytellers

Normie Rowe

Normie Rowe was just a teenager when he became Australia’s biggest pop star of the 1960’s. Except for when he’s touring, the Gold Coast is home and has been for the past 40 years. The former King of Pop turned soldier knows the pleasure and pain of life and loss, fame and notoriety. A born raconteur, Normie has as much to say as he does to sing.


Desh is an Australian comedian who often finds other things to do with his life but always returns to the heat of the spotlight and the sound of a room full of people laughing at his absurd observations. Desh’s comedy career has had all of the highs and lows and after 20 years in the game he’s found his happy place in the comedy scene. Young people say he’s a comedy club crusher but mostly he’s just flexing what the good lord gave him, an abnormally large funny bone served up with a large side of wit and rib ticklers.

Marni Little

Marni Little is a comedy writer and director living on the Gold Coast. Originally from Sydney, she detoured from film to spend ten years working in Marketing before ending up in Los Angeles being mentored by screenwriters and developing her style. In 2018 Marni wrote and directed ‘Valentine’s Day’, a short film that went on to feature in over 20 festivals and took out several awards, including People’s Choice in the Hollywood Short and Sweet Festival and her short film ‘Not Religiously’ was shortlisted for 2019’s TROPFEST. In 2020 Marni relocated during Covid to the Gold Coast and paired with Lisa Hughes to create A Little Joy Productions. Under this umbrella they produced the pilot ‘She’s Got Balls’ with GC council RADF funding and the show is currently in development for eight half hour episodes and being optioned in 2021. Marnie also wrote and directed ‘Beach Towelenovela’ which won best picture for the 48-hour film festival and went on to represent Australia at Filmapalooza.

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Stories in the Key of GC was supported by HOTA, Home of Arts and City of Gold Coast through HOTA’s Creative Development Program.

The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and the City of Gold Coast Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

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