‘Death Cures’ by Lystra Bisschop

Here is Lystra Bisschop’s story ‘Death Cures’

‘Death Cures’ by Lystra Bisschop

Lystra shares her personal story about facing death and finding the cure. It is a testament to making brave life choices and gives truth to surfing as a healing practise.

I play the bass and concert flutes and use a loop station to create a breathy, ethereal sound design to support Lystra’s narrative.

This collaboration was a special one. It was serendipitous that Lystra used to be a flute player. After being told by her doctor not to play the instrument into the future, I felt privileged to use the flute to help tell her story.

A small correction from Bern Young’s intro from the night. The title for Lystra’s debut novel is ‘The Upwelling’ and the protagonist’s name is Kirra.

Stories in the Key of GC Podcast…Episode 1

We have lift off….

The first episode of the Stories in the Key of GC’s podcast is here…



Tim Baker performs his slam-poem story ‘A Surfer’s Paradise’. It explores his move to the Gold Coast as young surf writer, the initial disconnect and the growing love for the GC over the decades. The music is inspired by Gansta rap, surf rock and the jangly, muted guitar stylings of Ernest Ranglin.

Fletch (aka Cold Ghost) and Tim are joined on stage by drummer Jake Morton with Bern Young introducing.

The story comes with apologies to Coolio and Jim Cavill.

Stories in the Key of GC 2020

I am proud to announce that there will be 3x more Stories in the Key of GC events in 2020….

Thanks to the City of Gold Coast Council and Arts Queensland for helping fund this project through their Regional Arts Development Fund and to HOTA, Home of the Arts for all their support in hosting this wonderful live storytelling show.

I will be uploading the first podcast episode from last years debut very soon. So keep your ears peeled.

So, I hope that you can join me, Cold Ghost and all the incredible storytellers and artists that will make up Stories in the Key of GC 2020.

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Stories in the Key of GC…a Most Incredible Night at The Basement, HOTA

HOTA Stories in the Key of GC - LEXIMAGEYLast Friday night was an incredible evening of local stories and music. A result of  positive and fruitful collaborations between myself and four amazing local Gold Coast writers, Tim Baker, Lystra Bisschop, Amy McDonald and Sean Flanagan. The amazing Bern young weaved the night together as host and Jake Morton sat studious on the drums.

Oh…and the venue was perfect…

HOTA Stories in the Key of GC - LEXIMAGEY

The sold out event was showcased at The Basement at HOTA and will no doubt be the first of more to come.

HOTA Stories in the Key of GC - LEXIMAGEY

Each story teller relished the proposed challenge and delivered a unique Gold Coast narrative. I have loved creating a soundtrack around each story.

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These are just some of the great images from Leximagery, courtesy of HOTA Home of the Arts


Thanks again to HOTA, Home of the Arts for supporting the creation of this project through its creative development grants. There is a lot to say about the energy of arts and culture on the Gold Coast at the moment. Full stem ahead.

Rehearsing for Stories in the Key of GC

Rehearsal have been underway for the debut performance of ‘Stories in the Key of GC’…This Friday night (18th October)…

Here is me and Tim Baker post-jam……..Tim’s story is going to sound great…

And you might catch Tim jamming along to my new little song ‘Ricochet’ at the end of the night….

Thanks to @bytimbaker and @makejorton for being apart of it…..

Key of GC Fletch Rehearsal 9OCT2019-1

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