A Review of Patricia Leavy's "Spark"


  • Rachael Dwyer University of the Sunshine Coast




fiction-based research, research methods, academic fiction, arts-based research


Patricia Leavy’s latest novel, Spark, takes us on a journey to the wild landscapes of Iceland, alongside a diverse group of characters described as some of the world’s greatest thinkers. Through their discussions, debates, conversations over shared meals and sightseeing adventures, we explore some of the most pressing issues facing humanity, by considering what it means to think, question and research. Spark presents academic ideas at their most accessible, and Leavy’s artful writing shows us how fiction can not only communicate research ideas, but also has the power to change hearts and minds.

Author Biography

Rachael Dwyer, University of the Sunshine Coast

Rachael Dwyer is an arts-based researcher and lecturer in the School of Education at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Rachael’s work focuses on the ways in which teachers’ values and beliefs are effectively leveraged for social change through arts-based research methods and pedagogies. Her research interests include teacher education, music and arts education, decolonisation of education, women/mothers in academia and narrative inquiry.




How to Cite

Dwyer, R. (2019). A Review of Patricia Leavy’s "Spark". Art/Research International: A Transdisciplinary Journal, 4(2), 712–715. https://doi.org/10.18432/ari29503