Storyteller Sarah Tump brings Bones of Women alive

Finding the right path took time, but was worth it

Storyteller Sarah Tump
Sarah Tump's passion for storytelling lead her to The Bones of Women.

An emerging Bundaberg screenwriter, who felt her life had no meaning before diving into the world of storytelling, will film her first documentary called Bones of Women.

Bones of Women will be created with a live audience at Oodies Cafe by Sarah Tump and filmed by Associate Media‘s, David Quarrell.

Sarah said Bones of Women’s aim was to inspire and empower anyone who resonated with the story from the subject women.

“Bones of Women is a series of docos where two strangers will meet in the cafe and share their stories, from trauma to triumph,” Sarah said.

“However, this doco is a little different.

“There will be audience participation, but, the audience will be blind to the two women.”

Sarah said the audience would only hear was the voices, until the end when the two women were introduced to them.

“The audience is an essential part of Bones of Women as we will be filming their unbiased reactions in an out-of-the-box way,” she said.

Story teller Sarah Tump
Sarah Tump is excited to create Bones of Women at Oodies Cafe

How the idea emerged

At 42 years of age Sarah said she didn’t know where her life was headed until she discovered storytelling.

As a child Sarah said she excelled beyond her age.

“Growing up I always had weird abilities to excel at certain things a child my age shouldn't.” Sarah said.

When Sarah was in Year 1 her handwriting was neater than the students in Year 7; by Year 3 she was faster at 100m sprints than those again in Year 7.

“In Year 3 I could long jump 4 metres,” Sarah said.

“I could also draw portraits from a photo with such skill.

“Then there was gymnastics, I could do an aerial cartwheel at a young age.”

But Sarah admits she never pursued with any one talent.

“I was diverse, still am, but I've never settled as such,” she said.

“I'm a curious soul, always evolving through that which sparks my interest.”

This flowed into her working career, where Sarah found she excelled at number of positions but her passions didn’t follow.

Finding the right path to Bones of Women

She started her own copywriting business, but said “no matter how good a writer she was it never succeeded, because it wasn't meant to”.

“I did begin to uncover who I truly was, and that was through (my) spiritual life,” Sarah said.

“I had tapped into a different world.”

Sarah became a meditation teacher and offered spiritual readings, but still needed more.

“My spiritual business was more successful than my copywriting business was,”she said.

“However, it didn't bring me to life like storytelling does.”

Now Sarah is striving to create connection through stories that are life changing and have a positive impact on the local community, and hopes it could be picked up as a television series globally.

Bones of Women
Bones of Women will be filmed at Oodies Cafe

“Finally, through university, I found my place – for now,” she said.  

“That is to tell stories via film or television.

“That's how the conception for Bones of Women came about.”

On Thursday Bones of Women will be filmed at Oodies Cafe, Bundaberg North.

Audience participation has already closed, but Sarah hopes to make a second documentary in November.

The Bundaberg Region is full of talented people including first-time author Dom D Scheers who launched his book at The Brewhouse on May 23.