Leeanne O’Donnell: Sparks of Bright Matter

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Wednesday 17 July 2024

11:30 am


Bantry Bookshop

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Join us for a morning with debut novelist Leeanne O’Donnell who now lives in West Cork. In 18th century London, a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. A lot of knowledge is deadly. Sparks of Bright Matter is a spell-binding and unputdownable tale about spirit and matter, love and lust, and reality and magic.

Leeanne will be in conversation with Kate Barry.

Admission: Free

When ambitious apprentice chemist and secret alchemist Peter Woulfe is tasked with caring for a mysterious illustrated book, the Mutus Liber, he quickly realises that the grimy underworld of Georgian London is even more dangerous than he first believed.


Soon the book is stolen by the light-fingered Sukie and Peter finds himself being pursued by threatening men who are willing to do anything to get the book back. Where in teeming London might Sukie be found? Why is Peter so enthralled by her? And what is it about the Mutus Liber that is so enticing? As the search for the book becomes an urgent game of cat and mouse, it seems that the key to Peter’s present dilemma might only be found in half-remembered events from his childhood, and then further back still, in the mists of Irish myth.



Leeanne O’Donnell

Leeanne O’Donnell started her storytelling career working in radio with RTE and BBC, and has made a number of award-winning radio documentaries. Sparks of Bright Matter is her first novel,...

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Kate Barry

Kate Barry is a writer and secondary school teacher who lives in Cork City. Her work has appeared in the Sunday Tribune, Social & Personal and Miscellany, and been broadcast...

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