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On Midnight Beach – Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick

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Wednesday 29 September 2021


You can watch our recent Blurandevù Interview with Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick below. This interview was led by our young interviewers.

When a dolphin takes up residence in Carrig Cove, Emer and her best friend, Fee, feel like they have an instant connection with it. Then Dog Cullen and his sidekick, Kit, turn up, and the four friends begin to sneak out at midnight to go down to the beach, daring each other to swim closer and closer to the creature . . .

But the fame and fortune the dolphin brings to their small village builds resentment amongst their neighbours across the bay, and the summer days get longer and hotter . . . There is something wild and intense in the air. Love feels fierce, old hatreds fester, and suddenly everything feels worth fighting for.

In this beautiful, epic coming-of-age novel, an old tale is rewoven as a stunning YA story by well-known Irish author/illustrator Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick.

These European Blurandevù interviews have been undertaken as a part of READ ON – an EU project undertaken with the support of the Creative Europe programme of the European Union and the Arts Council through the Irish Partner West Cork Music.

These events facilitate young people hosting their own interviews with YA writers.   During the process of interview training workshops participants learn to:

Build confidence for participants to express their opinions
Learn communication techniques
Learn to engage with the author and ask meaningful questions about their books
Gain confidence in speaking in front of others
Learn how to conduct an interview
Most of all they get to an opportunity to meet a writer and have fun discussing their work.

The full interview is available to watch above.


Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick

Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick is an award- winning author and illustrator. She has won four CBI (Children’s Books Ireland) Book of the Year Awards and has been nominated for a CILIP Kate...

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