Stories in the Key of GC

Stories in the Key of GC is the Gold Coast’s own storytelling night.

True stories delivered by Gold Coast wordsmiths, performed on stage, accompanied by a live soundtrack.

Presented by HOTA, Home of the Arts as part of UPSPRING

Our Storytellers


Cold Ghost is the moniker for Gold Coast songwriter, sound designer and multi-instrumentalist Fletcher Babb.

His 2018 debut album, Bachelor Tapes is a mix of alt-folk, rock and psychedelia, while being saturated in analogue tape and peppered with sonic surprises.

Completely deaf in one ear due to childhood mumps, Fletch has created a feast for the senses in stereo by manually manipulating his own mono experience. The album was nominated for Release of the Year in the Gold Coast Music Awards in 2019.

Originally a jazz-trained flautist from Western Australia, Fletch released three independent alt-folk albums under his own name in his hometown of Perth before heading “over East” with his young family in 2011.

A proud Gold Coaster now, Fletch is busy writing, recording and producing a new album for 2020.

Sam Morris

Sam Morris is best known on the Gold Coast for her dual passions – sustainability and music.

She consults to some of the country’s largest and most significant conservation and rural not-for-profit groups from her kitchen table in Broadbeach, and also leads a growing team who create the monthly arts magazine Blank Gold Coast and run the annual Gold Coast Music Awards, right on the beach in Surfers Paradise.

Sam was named one of Queensland’s Champions of Conservation in 2013, has won a Golden Gecko Award, was a Young Australian of the Year in Queensland, and in 1989 took out the Gold Coast schoolgirls typing championship. Boys don’t type, apparently. She opened the first-ever bar at Griffith University Gold Coast, was President of the Science and Engineering Cultural Society (otherwise known as SECS), attended Keebra Park State High School and got her Bronze Medallion at Mermaid Beach Surf Club.

Sam recently received a grant from City of Gold Coast to write about our musical glory days of the 70s, 80s and 90s.

Hedley Thomas

Hedley Thomas is The Australian’s national chief correspondent, specialising in investigative reporting with an interest in true crime, legal issues, corruption and politics.

He has won seven Walkley Awards including two Gold Walkleys; the first in 2007 for his investigations into the fiasco surrounding the Australian Federal Police investigations of Dr Mohamed Haneef, and the second in 2018 for his podcast, The Teacher’s Pet, which has been downloaded more than 52 million times.

His most recent murder cold-case investigative podcast is The Night Driver which topped Itunes charts on its release in August, 2020. He is the author of the true crime book, Sick To Death.

Hedley went to high school in Southport and started in newspapers at The Gold Coast Bulletin in 1984. He has worked as a journalist overseas for eight years, in London and Hong Kong.

Hedley has lived in Brisbane with his wife Ruth and children for the past 20 years.

Vivi Baker

Vivi is an eighteen-year-old born and raised on the Gold Coast.

After being introduced to spoken word and poetry in middle school, she began writing in her spare time and joining open mic events at the Dust Temple in Currumbin, where she was welcomed with open arms by the wonderful team there. In 2017, she entered Australian National Poetry Slam on a whim and wound up at the national final in Sydney where she came home with a hard-earned participation award.

Vivi has been taking part in a number of spoken word competitions and events since, taking out a win at the 2018 Somerset National Poetry Prize.


Stories in the Key of GC was first created with the support of HOTA, Home of Arts and City of Gold Coast through HOTA’s Creative Development Program 2019 and is further supported by RADF, Queensland’s Regional Arts Development Fund.

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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