New genre for local author Felicity McCall

X Factor singer Janet Devlin with author Felicity McCall at the launch of 'Large Mammals, Stick Insects and other Social Misfits'. (1402PG15)
X Factor singer Janet Devlin with author Felicity McCall at the launch of 'Large Mammals, Stick Insects and other Social Misfits'. (1402PG15)

The latest novel by Derry author Felicity McCall was launched on Thursday in the city, marking an exciting departure for the talented local writer.

‘Large Mammals, Stick Insects & Other Social Misfits’, published by Little Island, is a novel aimed primarily at the teenage/young adult market.

Members of the Derry Scriptwriters Group helping author Felicity McCall to launch 'Large Mammals, Stick Insects and other Social Misfits'. Included, from left, are Ryan Boyd, Vin McCullagh, Julieann Campbell, Lynne Edgar, Freya McClements and Patrick Nash. (1402PG18)

Members of the Derry Scriptwriters Group helping author Felicity McCall to launch 'Large Mammals, Stick Insects and other Social Misfits'. Included, from left, are Ryan Boyd, Vin McCullagh, Julieann Campbell, Lynne Edgar, Freya McClements and Patrick Nash. (1402PG18)

The launch took place in Little Acorns Bookstore within Bedlam Market at the old Convent in Pump Street and attracted a huge crowd, including many young people to whom the book will certainly appeal. One more extra-special guest was also in attendance to help launch the book, Northern Ireland’s own X-Factor pop starlet, Janet Devlin.

Set in Derry during its world-famous Hallowe’en celebrations, the book follows the adventures of teenager Aimée McCourt Logan and her attempts to come to terms with her adolescent world.

Felicity McCall said of the launch: “It was a fantastic night and a perfect location for the launch - everyone at Bedlam went out of their way to make us feel welcome.

“This was Little Island’s first launch in Derry and they were delighted with how it all went and Derry will definitely become a tour venue for them from now on.

“Personally, I was so pleased to see so many young people there and to talk to them about their own reading habits - it seems reading is still alive and well!

“It was also great to see so many of my friends, fellow writers and supporters there at the launch too. We sold a lot of books on the night, and there have been many enquiries since, so hopefully sales are going well,” the author added.

Felicity McCall will launch ‘Large Mammals, Stick Insects & Other Social Misfits’ in Dublin on March 5, and will be touring with the book in April. For more information, see: www.littleisland.ie