10 episodes

Introducing BIRDS EYE VIEW, a podcast that gives you a new perspective on women in prison. 

Made with women incarcerated in the north of Australia, the podcast takes you inside Sector Four, where scars and regret overlap with hope, horoscopes and beauty hacks. 

This 10-episode audio journey is the result of a two-year storytelling project involving more than 70 women imprisoned in the Darwin Correctional Centre.

“We made this podcast ‘cause we want to shake things up and show you who we really are.”

Collectively hosted by 18 women, each episode centres on a theme, using interviews, poetry, satire and prison soundscapes to tell the story. From the holding cells where women are strip-searched, to ‘industries’ where Qantas headsets get cleaned, women share their personal stories of survival and resilience.    

“Not his-stories, HER-stories!”

BIRDS EYE VIEW StoryProjects

    • Society & Culture

Introducing BIRDS EYE VIEW, a podcast that gives you a new perspective on women in prison. 

Made with women incarcerated in the north of Australia, the podcast takes you inside Sector Four, where scars and regret overlap with hope, horoscopes and beauty hacks. 

This 10-episode audio journey is the result of a two-year storytelling project involving more than 70 women imprisoned in the Darwin Correctional Centre.

“We made this podcast ‘cause we want to shake things up and show you who we really are.”

Collectively hosted by 18 women, each episode centres on a theme, using interviews, poetry, satire and prison soundscapes to tell the story. From the holding cells where women are strip-searched, to ‘industries’ where Qantas headsets get cleaned, women share their personal stories of survival and resilience.    

“Not his-stories, HER-stories!”

    Ep 8: Faith

    Ep 8: Faith

    “From the outside, I had a good, comfortable life. I had a job, a house, a car, good friends and family. I went to the gym every day. I played netball. I thought I was happy and that things were perfect.”

    In this episode, you’ll find out why getting mail in jail is such a big deal and you’ll meet Aimee, who goes to church on the inside. 

    Faith is the eighth episode of BIRDS EYE VIEW, a magazine-style podcast that gives you a new perspective on women in prison. BIRDS EYE VIEW was co-created with women inside the Darwin Correctional Centre and is presented by StoryProjects.

    Feature storyteller: Aimee
    Poetry: Bianca and Kim
    Contributions: Sylvia, Noelene, Kaye, Aimee, Kelly-Anne, Bianca, Trisha, Kiara, Brooklyn, Taise, Rocket, Deanne, Jessica, Naomi, Serafina, Julie, Tegan, Joan, Philomena, Yasmin, Sofi, Kirsty-Louise, Jessee, Beccy, Gillian, Karen, Kym, Tara and Ashley.
    Executive production: Johanna Bell
    Production: Cinnamon Nippard, Leah Sanderson and Johanna Bell
    Mixing: Hamish Robertson from Tall Tale Audio
    Music coordination: Ben Andrews
    Theme music: 'Worth It' by Caiti Baker
    Featuring music by: Kardajala Kirridarra, Serina Pech, Stevie Jean, and Eleanor Dixon (full music credits)
    Online production: Jess Ong
    Legal advice: Kathryn Wilson
    Graphic and web design: Celia Neilson

    Please note that this podcast contains material that may be disturbing, especially for survivors of trauma. Aboriginal and Torres Strait people are advised that the story may contain the names and voices of people who have passed away.

    • 43 min
    Audio Extra: Inside Interview with Courtney Barnett

    Audio Extra: Inside Interview with Courtney Barnett

    Every magazine-style podcast needs a celebrity interview!

    Join Rocket, our storyteller from EP 1, as she interviews ARIA-award winning rock musician, Courtney Barnett. They’ll be talking art, drugs and poetry and Rocket might just throw in a surprise pop quiz too.

    Big thanks to Courtney and her manager, Ellen, who generously visited the women in Darwin Correctional Centre.

    • 13 min
    Ep 7: Love

    Ep 7: Love

    “In some prisons you get conjugal visits. That’s when you get a little room and you meet up with your partner and you get to have sex. You see it in US prison realty TV shows and s**t but it doesn’t happen here in Sector Four.” 

    Let’s talk about sex, baby. That’s right folks. This episode is all about love and sex in prison. Meet Naomi who had a boyfriend on the other side of the fence, find out what it means to be ‘gate gay’ and meet some real love birds.

    Love is the seventh episode of BIRDS EYE VIEW, a magazine-style podcast that gives you a new perspective on women in prison. BIRDS EYE VIEW was co-created with women inside the Darwin Correctional Centre and is presented by StoryProjects.

    Feature storyteller: Naomi
    Contributions: Sylvia, Noelene, Kaye, Aimee, Kelly-Anne, Bianca, Trisha, Kiara, Brooklyn, Taise, Rocket, Deanne, Jessica, Naomi, Serafina, Julie, Tegan, Joan, Philomena, Yasmin, Sofi, Kirsty-Louise, Jessee, Beccy, Gillian, Karen, Kym, Tara and Ashley.
    Executive production: Johanna Bell
    Production: Cinnamon Nippard, Leah Sanderson and Johanna Bell
    Mixing: Hamish Robertson from Tall Tale Audio
    Music coordination: Ben Andrews
    Theme music: 'Worth It' by Caiti Baker
    Featuring music by: Ripple Effect, Ceenah, Bat Hazzard, Soorkia and Johnny Green (full music credits)
    Online production: Jess Ong
    Legal advice: Kathryn Wilson
    Graphic and web design: Celia Neilson

    Please note that this podcast contains material that may be disturbing, especially for survivors of trauma. Aboriginal and Torres Strait people are advised that the story may contain the names and voices of people who have passed away.

    • 40 min
    Ep 6: Fractures

    Ep 6: Fractures

    “We left about five o’clock in the morning. It was still dark. I wanted to feel sleepy. I went back to sleep. And then I heard that big bang. We hit the big truck and [the bus], it spins around six times. All the bodies were flying out everywhere ...”

    Time does strange things in prison. Hours are broken up by the intercom and whole weeks dissolve into a single meal. This week, find out how women measure time with hot dogs and why Kaye is determined to stop drinking.  

    Fractures is the sixth episode of BIRDS EYE VIEW, a magazine-style podcast that gives you a new perspective on women in prison. BIRDS EYE VIEW was co-created with women inside the Darwin Correctional Centre and is presented by StoryProjects.

    Feature storyteller: Kaye
    Poetry: Sylvia and Noelene
    Contributions: Sylvia, Noelene, Kaye, Aimee, Kelly-Anne, Bianca, Trisha, Kiara, Brooklyn, Taise, Rocket, Deanne, Jessica, Naomi, Serafina, Julie, Tegan, Joan, Philomena, Yasmin, Sofi, Kirsty-Louise, Jessee, Beccy, Gillian, Karen, Kym, Tara and Ashley.
    Executive production: Johanna Bell
    Production: Cinnamon Nippard, Leah Sanderson and Johanna Bell
    Mixing: Hamish Robertson from Tall Tale Audio
    Music coordination: Ben Andrews
    Theme music: 'Worth It' by Caiti Baker
    Featuring music by: Wildflower, Stevie Jean, Serina Pech, Caiti Baker and Sietta  (full music credits)
    Online production: Jess Ong
    Legal advice: Kathryn Wilson
    Graphic and web design: Celia Neilson

    Please note that this podcast contains material that may be disturbing, especially for survivors of trauma. Aboriginal and Torres Strait people are advised that the story may contain the names and voices of people who have passed away.

    • 45 min
    Ep 5: Working It

    Ep 5: Working It

    “I went from the best worker. I was the best worker and my boss’s best friend to so many days off. I used to not answer my phone, unexplained absences, when I was just using drugs. It was really out of control. I was really out of control.”

    Did you know that Qantas headsets get refurbished by women in prison? And some prisoners get to whipper snipper old people’s lawns? In this episode, find out why work is such a big deal in prison, and meet Taise, who used to have a great job on the outside.

    Working It is the fifth episode of BIRDS EYE VIEW, a magazine-style podcast that gives you a new perspective on women in prison. BIRDS EYE VIEW was co-created with women inside the Darwin Correctional Centre and is presented by StoryProjects.

    Feature storyteller: Taise
    Contributions: Sylvia, Noelene, Kaye, Aimee, Kelly-Anne, Bianca, Trisha, Kiara, Brooklyn, Taise, Rocket, Deanne, Jessica, Naomi, Serafina, Julie, Tegan, Joan, Philomena, Yasmin, Sofi, Kirsty-Louise, Jessee, Beccy, Gillian, Karen, Kym, Tara and Ashley.
    Executive production: Johanna Bell
    Production: Cinnamon Nippard, Leah Sanderson and Johanna Bell
    Mixing: Hamish Robertson from Tall Tale Audio
    Music coordination: Ben Andrews
    Theme music: 'Worth It' by Caiti Baker
    Featuring music by: Bat Hazzard, Casii Williams, Caiti Baker and Sietta (full music credits)
    Online production: Jess Ong
    Legal advice: Kathryn Wilson
    Graphic and web design: Celia Neilson

    Please note that this podcast contains material that may be disturbing, especially for survivors of trauma. Aboriginal and Torres Strait people are advised that the story may contain the names and voices of people who have passed away.

    • 34 min
    Ep 4: Payback

    Ep 4: Payback

    “Payback is if a person stabs you, then you do the same thing. If I stabbed her then she’ll stab me, fifty-to-fifty. Like if I had sex with her husband then she will do the same thing with my husband.”

    In this episode, meet Serafina and Noelene, who are doing time because of payback and find out how revenge shapes life in prison.

    Payback is the fourth episode of BIRDS EYE VIEW, a magazine-style podcast that gives you a new perspective on women in prison. BIRDS EYE VIEW was co-created with women inside the Darwin Correctional Centre and is presented by StoryProjects.

    Feature storytellers: Serafina and Noelene
    Contributions: Sylvia, Noelene, Kaye, Aimee, Kelly-Anne, Bianca, Trisha, Kiara, Brooklyn, Taise, Rocket, Deanne, Jessica, Naomi, Serafina, Julie, Tegan, Joan, Philomena, Yasmin, Sofi, Kirsty-Louise, Jessee, Beccy, Gillian, Karen, Kym, Tara and Ashley.
    Executive production: Johanna Bell
    Production: Cinnamon Nippard, Leah Sanderson and Johanna Bell
    Mixing: Hamish Robertson from Tall Tale Audio
    Music coordination: Ben Andrews
    Theme music: 'Worth It' by Caiti Baker
    Featuring music by: Caiti Baker, Casii Williams, Stevie Jean, Soorkia, Ripple Effect, Eleanor Dixon, Shana Ray, Dhapanbal Yunupingu and Kardajala Kirridarra 
    (full music credits)
    Online production: Jess Ong
    Legal advice: Kathryn Wilson
    Graphic and web design: Celia Neilson

    Please note that this podcast contains material that may be disturbing, especially for survivors of trauma. Aboriginal and Torres Strait people are advised that the story may contain the names and voices of people who have passed away.

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

Tamzof ,

Awesomeness

Love listening to you guys! Keep up the stories of the inside!

grapesox ,

birdseyeview

really enjoying this podcast, youre an amazingly resilent group of women, such a great honest insight into an awful situation. stay strong all the best towards freedom to live your best life! god loves you all and so do i! thankyou 💖

Wendy5Dock ,

Stories of resilience - more important than ever

Thank you so much to the women of Section 4 for sharing your stories. There’s stories of survival from looking back and where they’ve been and stories of hope looking forward.

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