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What is the Stories project about? 

The Stories Project aims to gather stories from people with lived experience of alcohol and other drug use from the Northern Territory, which will be shared as part of a national campaign called Rethink Addiction. Rethink Addiction is about helping the public to understand addiction and reduce stigma by listening to people who it affects.

Stories from all over Australia will be presented at the Rethink Addiction Convention in September.

Here is where you will find unique stories presented through multimedia from the Northern Territory collected for the Rethink Addiction Convention by AADANT's Stories Project Officers Sam Moore and Jordan Mack. 

Images and Artwork

 Madeline's Story 


Poems and written stories
Birds Eye View Podcast

BIRDS EYE VIEW is a podcast made by female prisoners in the Darwin CorrectionalCentre (DCC).

The magazine-style format takes listeners on a journey inside Sector Four, where scars and regret overlap with hope, horoscopes and beauty hacks. The 10-episode audio experience is the result of a two-year storytelling project involving more than 70 women.

“We called it BIRDS EYE VIEW because we wanted to give people a new perspective on who we are.”

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

Episode Title Listen Link
1: Making Herstory Welcome to BIRDS EYE VIEW, a podcast made in the Darwin Correctional Centre. In this episode, you’ll meet the women of Sector Four and a bunch of birds, but first, we need to get you inside the prison. Listen Now.
2: Survival In this episode, you’ll find out about the beauty hacks women use to keep looking good in prison and you’ll meet Julie, who survived a rare disease and a world tour with a famous rock band. Listen Now.
3: Bloodlines What’s it like to be in prison with your mum? And what’s it like to be a mum in prison? You’ll find out in this episode, all about family. Listen Now.
4: Payback In this episode, meet Serafina and Noelene, who are doing time because of payback and find out how revenge shapes life in prison. Listen Now.
5: Working It 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. Listen Now.
6: Fractures 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. Listen Now.
7: Love 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. Listen Now.
8: Faith 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. Listen Now.
9: Beauty 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. Listen Now.
10: Home 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. Listen Now.

Executive Producer: Johanna Bell Producers: Leah Sanderson, Johanna Bell and Cinnamon Nippard Mixing: Hamish Robertson Music Coordination: Ben Andrews Graphic & Online Design: Celia Neilson Online Production: Jess Ong Legal Advice: Kathryn Wilson


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