Bird’s Eye View: Can Co-created Stories Change the way Women Prisoners are Perceived?

Johanna Bell

Creative Director

Johanna is an award-winning author of fiction for children and adults. Her first writing adventure took her to Tennant Creek to work with Aboriginal artist Dion Beasley. Together, they zigzagged their way through the unmapped terrain of cross-cultural picture book creation. The resulting work, Too Many Cheeky Dogs was published by Allen & Unwin and followed by Go Home Cheeky Animals! which won the CBCA Book of the Year (early childhood) in 2017. Dion and Johanna are now working on an illustrated memoir about Dion’s life which will be published by Allen and Unwin in 2019.

Johanna is also a Churchill Fellow and the Director of StoryProjects, a creative production house that uses storytelling to strengthen communities. She has helped share the stories of more than 80 Territorians via SPUN Stories, a live storytelling project and podcast. In 2018, she launched two new projects - ATMOS: Listening parties for Story Lovers and InsideOUT: an audio storytelling project with women prisoners. Johanna is passionate about showcasing diversity and collaborating with creatives from a mix of backgrounds to surface compelling Territory stories.

Leah Sanderson

Creative Producer

Leah Sanderson is a Creative Producer on the InsideOUT storytelling project and podcast. Leah managed the Shakespeare Prison Project for the Queensland Shakesepare Ensemble from 2013-2015, has worked in trade unions and for local council, facilitated drama groups in community and prisons, and is a qualified Yoga Teacher with Trauma Sensitive Yoga training. Her tertiary studies are in Criminology, Documentary Film, Journalism, and Drama. Leah's work combines community development and creative arts, with the intention of impacting positive change and structural justice.

Taise Ottley

Story Projects

Since she was a teenager, Taise has had a strong work ethic and enjoyed the financial independence that a pay packet allows. But a few years ago, when her drug addiction got out of control, she lost her beloved job and her best friend and ended up in Darwin Prison. That's where she got involved in a storytelling project called InsideOUT. Today she shares her story for the first time and chats about what she's got out of being involved with the project.

Renae "Rocket" Bretherton

Women of Worth

Renae ‘’Rocket’’ Bretherton is a 38 year old Aboriginal women who has been in and out of prison for most of her life. In the past, Rocket has found the process of reintegration to be very difficult.

Rocket is becoming a strong advocate and passionate about making positive changes for other women in prison facing reintegration. She is also a strong voice about what can be done to improve outcomes for women involved in the justice system.

Personal narratives can change the way we think and feel. In this interactive session, listen to co-created stories from Sector Four in Darwin Correctional Centre and meet some of the storytellers and producers of Australia’s first podcast made in a women’s prison.