On 18 Oct we’ll host the first session of Stories in the Key of GC, a new evening of storytelling and music conceived by local songwriter and musician Fletch Babb and hosted by ABC’s Bern Young. Stories in the Tune of GC is a pilot of a Gold Coast storytelling and original music performance night and one of the 12 projects that are receiving funding and support from our Creative Development Program.
The line-up of wordsmiths and musicians for the first event has just been announced, and it features an eclectic mix of well-known Gold Coast names including Amy Mac, Lystra Bisschop, Tim Baker and Sean Flanagan.
In her twenty-two years of living on the Gold Coast, Amy Mac has heard a metric motherload of stories through her work as a broadcaster, reporter and serial eavesdropper. She tells us she’s nosy by nature and if you tell her your life story, she’ll grill you for info and then think of ways to retell it at parties by enhancing the embarrassing bits. Sounds good to us!
An award-winning writer Lystra Bisschop descends from the Guugu Yimithirr, Birri Gubba, Torres Strait Islander people, and also has Scottish-New Zealand ancestry. With a love for the Gold Coast lifestyle—surfing, wandering along the beaches, and using this inspiration she’s a prolific writer of YA fiction, surf mag articles, poetry, and is the subeditor of Surfing Life magazine. She was also the recipient of the black&write! fellowship, a national writing competition run by the State Library of Queensland for her manuscript The Upwelling which is now undergoing the editing process at Hachette.
Tim Baker is the best-selling author of numerous books on surfing and has also adapted many of his works for theatre. His adaptation of his children’s book The Surfer and the Mermaid for the Bleach Festival enjoyed sold out seasons on the Gold Coast and in Sydney. And his work (m)Ocean presented surfing as a performing art set to live music as part of the 2015 Bleach Festival. His work has appeared in Rolling Stone, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian Financial Review, the Bulletin, Inside Sport, GQ, as well as surfing magazines around the world. And he’s an in-demand speaker at writer’s festivals ad conferences.
Sean Flanagan, best known as Flan, a co-host of the Breakfast show on Hot Tomato. He began his radio career in Sydney writing comedy for the likes of Andrew Denton, Amanda Keller and Mikey Robbins. He’s recently been working on a film script while awaiting a call-up for the Ashes team, based on his past performance in the Thursday Night Division 2 indoor cricket comp at Ashmore’s Gold Coast Indoor Sports.
With such an eclectic line-up this evening of live music and storytelling will remind you why you why love the Gold Coast and what it means to be a Gold Coaster.
Stories in the Key of GC takes place on 18 Oct, tickets here.
This project has been supported by HOTA Home of Arts and City of Gold Coast through HOTA’s Creative Development Program.
Image: Tim Baker