App first for Derry author

Derry author Trisha Derry with her creation, Miss Rosie Red. (0908MM17)
Derry author Trisha Derry with her creation, Miss Rosie Red. (0908MM17)

Derry author and illustrator Trisha Deery will make history when her children’s book will become the first in Ireland to be available as an app.

Trisha’s first book, ‘Let me see what I can be,’ was launched in Derry recently and is already proving to be very popular among younger readers.

It is a hardback picture book designed for children aged one to five years-old and features the character, ‘Rosie Red.’ It was written and illustrated by the former Thorhill pupil and published by Dog Ears, a new children’s media company based in Derry.

As well as being on sale in local bookshops, the book will also soon be available to down load as an interactive app for iPhones and iPads. The app is expected to go live next week.

Speaking to the ‘Journal,’ Trisha said she is excited about the app project. “Children are far more advanced in terms of technology these days so we wanted to move with the times.

“Dog Ears is very innovative when it comes to new media platforms so it’s great to be part of that and it’s exciting that this will be the first children’s book in Ireland to be available as an app. It will be available on iTunes as well as Rosie Red’s website and will cost £1.79,” she said.

Trisha also said that offering the book as an app opens it up to a wider audience. “It is not meant to replace the book in any way but to complement it. Apps are handy for travelling, particularly when children are going away on holiday. You can’t take all your child’s favourite books away on holiday but you can take then on an iPad. You can bring an iPhone or iPad to places where you can’t take books,” she said.

As well as the launch of the app, ‘Let me see what I can be,” will be launched in Belfast later this month. “I’m looking forward to the launch in Belfast in Waterstones, Fountain Street at 1pm on Saturday August 20th. The launch will include a reading and it should be good fun. 500 people came to the Derry launch so the response has been fantastic. It has been going from strength since it was released in Derry,” she said.

‘Let me see what I can be’ is also available in Irish and Trisha said she wants as many people as possible to be able to read it.

“We wanted to make it as easy as possible for people to read it whether in Irish or English or with the app,” she said.