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Stories in the Key of GC

The Gold Coast’s own storytelling series returns, curated by Cold Ghost (Fletcher Babb) and hosted by Bern Young.

Our storytellers for this event are award winning journalist and author Trent Dalton (All Our Shimmering Skies and Boy Swallows Universe), Gold Coast writer Sally Breen (Atomic City), and Cam Wilson from The Daisy Cutters.

Lucas Proudfoot will will be our special guest musician.

You listen to all the past stories here:

“…. a lover letter to our beautiful city……a celebration of music, and humanity, and all that connects us.” BlankGC

Presented by HOTA, Home of the Arts

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.


Trent Dalton is a two-time Walkley Award-winning journalist and author. His debut novel, Boy Swallows Universe, won a record four Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) in 2019, including the prestigious Book of the Year Award. His latest novel, All Our Shimmering Skies, was recently shortlisted for the 2021 Indie Book Awards Fiction Book of the Year.


Dr Sally Breen is author of the grunge memoir The Casuals (2011) winner of the Varuna Harper Collins Manuscript Prize and the neo-noir novel Atomic City (2013) set on the Gold Coast shortlisted for the Queensland Literary Awards People’s Choice Book of the Year in 2014. Sally’s short form creative and non-fiction work has been published widely with features in Overland, The Conversation, Griffith Review, Best Australian Stories, Asia Literary Review, Meanjin, Hemingway Shorts, The Age, The Australian and The Guardian London. Sally is senior lecturer in writing and publishing at Griffith University and executive director of Asia Pacific Writers and Translators.


Cameron Wilson is lead singer and songwriter for Gold Coast band, The Daisycutters.

The Daisycutters formed in 1997 and after winning Triple J unearthed, went on to record 5 Eps and 3 albums. The band relentlessly toured the country for many years, playing several Big Day Outs, and earning a reputation as a formidable live act.

Critically acclaimed for their ability to write cracking up-beat guitar pop gems that effortlessly nestle beside melancholic heartbreakers, the band scored a publishing deal with Mushroom Music, which saw their music played all around the world.

As a youngster Cam was fortunate to live in various exotic locations like New Zealand and Papua New Guinea, before His parents settled on the Gold Coast in the 1980’s. He spent his formative years on the Gold Coast and attended Benowa High School along with Daisycutters bassist Giles Hamwood.

Cameron lived in Brisbane for many years before moving to the UK and finally settling back on the Coast where after reconnecting with old friends, The Daisycutters were born.

After a 6 year hiatus, Cam and the Band are back in the studio recording brand new material set for release in mid-2021

Eat & Drink

The bar will be open for this event – enjoy a drink with friends while having a laugh, or stop by the HOTA Café for a bite to eat. Click through to our Eat and Drink options for opening times and more information.

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Keeping you safe

It is incredibly important to us that you have a safe experience when you come to HOTA. We have a COVID Safe plan which you can read on our FAQs page and there are some new conditions of entry which you should read before purchasing a ticket or attending an event at HOTA.

All events are set up to ensure we meet all social distancing and hygiene guidelines. All you have to do is enjoy yourself.


Stories in the Key of GC is the Gold Coast’s own musical storytelling night and was first created with the support of HOTA, Home of the Arts and City of Gold Coast through HOTA’s Creative Development Program in 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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