Johanna Bell is a Darwin-based author and director of StoryProjects, a creative agency that seeks to elevate unheard voices from regional Australia. She’s passionate about addressing voice poverty and geographic privilege and often collaborates with writers and artists from diverse backgrounds. Her work has been published by Allen & Unwin, Overland, Meanjin and Lor Journal, and she has won numerous awards for her writing and community development work.
Turning things inside out
The Darwin Correctional Centre houses around 1,100 prisoners, about eighty of whom are women. Like a slice of pie, the female sector, also known as Sector Four, sits between industries, where the men do jobs like woodworking and food prep, and the men’s maximum security sector. A tall cyclone fence, clad in black plastic, separates the men from the women.