Following the success of its 2019 inaugural event, Stories in the Key of GC is back at HOTA this November, and is bringing three fascinating Gold Coast characters along for the ride.

Stories in the Key of GC takes a peek into the lives of Gold Coast wordsmiths, with stories delivered on a stage next to event curator and local musician Fletcher Babb – aka Cold Ghost – as he strums, plinks and taps out a live soundtrack to accompany the words.

“I try to use music in the show the same way it is used in a film,” says Fletch, who was inspired to create the event thanks to a visit to Perth’s Barefaced Stories in 2018. With 2019’s event being received “way beyond expectations,” Fletch has been planning a follow up that was initially meant to be held earlier in 2020, but like all live performance, had to take a breather.

But come 27 November, the much-anticipated event is heading once more to the HOTA Basement, hosted by MC Bern Young, and we’re so excited we wanted to know more about this year’s participants.



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.

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 most significant conservation and rural not-for-profit groups from her kitchen table in Broadbeach, and also co-founded and currently owns this very magazine – Blank. In addition she runs the annual Gold Coast Music Awards, among other achievements. Sam is currently writing about the Gold Coast’s musical glory days of the 70s, 80s and 90s thanks to a grant from City of Gold Coast.


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 and is well known for his 2018 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 also the author of the true crime book, Sick To Death.


Vivi Baker

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

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.

Never will this combination of wordsmiths be performing together again, so take the earliest opportunity to snap up your tickets now, which they’re still available. Stories in the Key of GC runs for one night only on 27 November at the HOTA Basement. Tickets at

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