14 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
    • 4.8 • 654 Ratings

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!”

    Audio Extra: Rocket's Tips on Surviving Lockdown

    Audio Extra: Rocket's Tips on Surviving Lockdown

    In this surprise audio extra, Rocket shares her favourite tips on how to survive lockdown in the times of COVID-19.

    From exercise routines to poetry tips and a recipe for a no-bake-cake, Rocket reveals what she learnt on the inside to help you get through your time locked up.

    Stay safe, everyone!
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    • 9 min
    Ep 10: Home

    Ep 10: Home

    “That’s the only place that has big mussels – my country. You find them in the mangroves, little round mussels with meat inside them. They taste a bit like oysters but with mud in them. Yeah, they’re yummy! And we get longbums, you know mangrove worms. Have you ever eaten mangrove worms?” 

    In this final episode of Birds Eye View, follow Joan as she prepares for her last day in prison, and join Deanne as she heads back home to country. 

    Home is the tenth 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: Deanne & JoanPoetry: Sylvia and TaraContributions: 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 BellProduction: Cinnamon Nippard, Leah Sanderson and Johanna BellMixing: Hamish Robertson from Tall Tale AudioMusic coordination: Ben AndrewsTheme music: 'Worth It' by Caiti BakerFeaturing music by: Caiti Baker, Cassii Williams, Soorkia, Sietta and B2M (full music credits)Online production: Jess OngLegal advice: Kathryn WilsonGraphic 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.
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 46 min
    Audio Extra: Inside Interview with Caiti Baker

    Audio Extra: Inside Interview with Caiti Baker

    Every magazine-style podcast needs a celebrity interview!

    Beccy Boo interviews Darwin-based songstress, Caiti Baker, about the making of our theme song, ‘Worth it.’ Find out how the beats in the song were made, what it’s like to record in a prison toilet and why Caiti writes haunting lyrics in Melbourne.

    Huge thanks to Caiti Baker and her producer, James Mangohig, for the love and skills they poured into this track and to Skinnyfish Music for supporting our project along the way.
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    • 15 min
    Ep 9: Beauty

    Ep 9: Beauty

    “I grew up in rags not having anything. We only had this one Spice Girls top, me and my sisters, so we’d smash over that. Now I’m a real girly girl when it comes to all that stuff.”

    In this episode, women share tips for looking good in prison and you’ll meet Jess, a self-confessed fashion fanatic with a love for expensive body scrubs and animal metaphors.

    Beauty is the ninth 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: JessContributions: 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 BellProduction: Cinnamon Nippard, Leah Sanderson and Johanna BellMixing: Hamish Robertson from Tall Tale AudioMusic coordination: Ben AndrewsTheme music: 'Worth It' by Caiti BakerFeaturing music by: Soorkia, Emily Wurramara, Sietta, Caiti Baker and Ceenah (full music credits)Online production: Jess OngLegal advice: Kathryn WilsonGraphic 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.
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 34 min
    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: AimeePoetry: Bianca and KimContributions: 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 BellProduction: Cinnamon Nippard, Leah Sanderson and Johanna BellMixing: Hamish Robertson from Tall Tale AudioMusic coordination: Ben AndrewsTheme music: 'Worth It' by Caiti BakerFeaturing music by: Kardajala Kirridarra, Serina Pech, Stevie Jean, and Eleanor Dixon (full music credits)Online production: Jess OngLegal advice: Kathryn WilsonGraphic 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.
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 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.
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    • 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
654 Ratings

654 Ratings

emie2u91 ,

Amazing. Listen and feel your empathy grow along with your mind

I hope this show comes back I love it and it’s good to hear the reality of life for these women. The history and the lessons they can pass on from their regrets. Humanising them is amazing as people need to realise not every prisoner murdered or harmed anyone and if they had it may be an accident, self defence or defence of a child these are lines where the system needs to change and have a seperate system for that and others of zero malice. The more people hear the more we can be there to speak up for better! Drug or alcohol related should also be seperate treat it as it is an illness! Rehab and self growth facilities would benefit them more than being in a place where anything can come in where they are effected and drop further in some cases. Many low level criminals exit ready for higher and that’s again why this is amazing it opens your eyes to the faults in our system and again humanises them as more then jail birds

Tesselaris ,

Such great storytelling

One of my favourite podcasts EVER. Please make more episodes!!!

hooeeeee ,

Heartfelt, honest amazing women, one of the best podcasts I have ever listened to

Highlights that Darwin needs a women only prison, these women should get the same opportunities that are available in other women’s prisons, this is an issue that needs to be addressed ASAP- Sending you all big hugs!
And give Ollie a big kiss x

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