Eoin Colfer

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Eoin Colfer
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Colfer at Great St Mary's, Cambridge in 2008
Born (1965-05-14) 14 May 1965 (age 53)
Wexford, Ireland
Genre Children's fantasy, science fiction and adventure novels
Notable works Artemis Fowl series

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Eoin Colfer ( /ˈ.ɪn/ ; born 14 May 1965) is an Irish author of children's books. He worked as a primary school teacher before he became a full-time writer. He is best known for being the author of the Artemis Fowl series. In September 2008, Colfer was commissioned to write the sixth installment of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series, entitled And Another Thing ... , [1] [2] which was published in October 2009. In October 2016, in a contract with Marvel Comics, he released Iron Man: The Gauntlet . He served as Laureate na nÓg, or Ireland's Children's Laureate, between 2014-2016. [3]

<i>And Another Thing...</i> (novel) Eoin Colfer novel

And Another Thing... is the sixth and final installment of Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy "trilogy". The book, written by Eoin Colfer, author of the Artemis Fowl series, was published on the thirtieth anniversary of the first book, 12 October 2009, in hardback. It was published by Penguin Books in the UK and by Hyperion Books in the US. Colfer was given permission to write the book by Adams' widow Jane Belson.

Marvel Comics company that publishes comic books and related media

Marvel Comics is the brand name and primary imprint of Marvel Worldwide Inc., formerly Marvel Publishing, Inc. and Marvel Comics Group, a publisher of American comic books and related media. In 2009, The Walt Disney Company acquired Marvel Entertainment, Marvel Worldwide's parent company.

Laureate na nÓg is a position awarded in Ireland once every two years to a distinguished writer or illustrator of children's books. It was set up by the Arts Council of Ireland in 2010. It is intended "to engage young people with high quality children's literature and to underline the importance of children's literature in our cultural and imaginative life".



Eoin Colfer was born in Wexford, Ireland. He attained worldwide recognition in 2001, when the first Artemis Fowl book was published and became a New York Times Best Seller, as did some sequels. Among his other popular works are Half Moon Investigations , The Wish List , The Supernaturalist , and a series of Eoin Colfer's Legends. In January 2008, Colfer published a book titled Airman , another best-seller. To date, more than half of his books have reached the New York Times list at least once.

Wexford Place in Leinster, Ireland

Wexford is the county town of County Wexford, Ireland. Wexford lies on the south side of Wexford Harbour, the estuary of the River Slaney near the southeastern corner of the island of Ireland. The town is linked to Dublin by the M11/N11 National Primary Route; and to Rosslare Europort, Cork and Waterford by the N25. The national rail network connects it to Dublin and Rosslare Europort. It had a population of 20,188 according to the 2016 census.

<i>Half Moon Investigations</i> book

Half Moon Investigations is a novel by the Irish author Eoin Colfer. It was first published in United States in March 2006 and was released in the UK and Ireland on 1 June 2006. The paperback edition was released in the UK on 5 July 2007. It has also been adapted as a television series starring Marcus Nash & Rory Elrick, aired on the BBC from January 2009.

<i>The Wish List</i> (novel) book

The Wish List is a fantasy novel by Eoin Colfer, the author of the Artemis Fowl series. It chronicles the adventures of Meg Finn, a teenage girl killed in a gas explosion who must earn her place in Heaven by returning to Earth to help the pensioner she attempted to rob.


Benny Shaw

O'Brien Flyers

Colfer contributed three volumes to this series of books by several writers, for very young readers.

Artemis Fowl

<i>Artemis Fowl</i> (novel) book

Artemis Fowl is a young adult fantasy novel written by Irish author Eoin Colfer. It is the first book in the Artemis Fowl series, followed by Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident. Described by its author as "Die Hard with fairies", it follows the adventures of Artemis Fowl, a twelve-year-old criminal mastermind, as he kidnaps a fairy for a large ransom of gold.

<i>Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident</i> book by Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident is a young adult and fantasy novel written by Irish author Eoin Colfer, published in 2002. It is the second book in the Artemis Fowl series, preceded by Artemis Fowl and followed by Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code. It follows the adventures of the thirteen-year-old criminal mastermind, Artemis Fowl II, as he thwarts a goblin rebellion and rescues his father, Artemis Fowl I. The third-person narration switches back and forth constantly, allowing the reader to understand more of what is going on. A New York Times bestseller, the novel was well received by critics, and reviews compared its quality and success to those of its predecessor.

<i>Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code</i> book by Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code is the third book of Irish children's fiction author Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl series. It is preceded by Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident and followed by Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception. The storyline follows Artemis Fowl and his companions as they struggle to recover the "C Cube", a supercomputer Artemis had constructed from fairy technology, when Jon Spiro manages to steal it. Critical response was generally favourable.

Companion books

<i>Artemis Fowl: The Seventh Dwarf</i> book by Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl: The Seventh Dwarf is a short story in the Artemis Fowl book series by Eoin Colfer. It was published for World Book Day in 2004 and cost £1 in Britain, €1 in Europe or exchangeable for one World Book Day token. It was also published as one of the short stories in The Artemis Fowl Files. In the series' chronology, The Seventh Dwarf takes place between Artemis Fowl and Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident. The title references the fairytale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and possibly The Third Dwarfs. Besides being published as a stand-alone World Book Day book, the story was also included in The Artemis Fowl Files alongside another short story about LEP Captain Holly Short.

<i>The Artemis Fowl Files</i> book by Eoin Colfer

The Artemis Fowl Files is a companion book to the Artemis Fowl series written by Eoin Colfer.

Graphic novels are planned for every book in the series.

The Supernaturalist

Companion books

Eoin Colfer's Legends

The Legend of Spud Murphy is part of a series called "Eoin Colfer's legend of ...", written by the Irish author Eoin Colfer, author of the best-selling series Artemis Fowl. The book was illustrated by Glenn McCoy. The series talks about two brothers: Will, who is nine years old and loves action man and Marty who is 10 years old. There are three books in the series so far:

W.A.R.P. (Witness Anonymous Relocation Program)

Half Moon Investigations

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

The first five novels in the Hitchhiker's "trilogy" were written by Douglas Adams. Adams' widow, Jane Belson, and the literary agency that manages Adams' estate asked Colfer to write another book, as Adams had intended to add to the series, agreeing that the end to the fifth book was "very bleak". Already a fan of the series, Colfer called the opportunity "like suddenly being offered the superpower of your choice ... For years I have been finishing this incredible story in my head and now I have the opportunity to do it in the real world ... It is a gift from the gods. So, thank you Thor and Odin." [6]

Daniel McEvoy


Marvel Comics contracted with Colfer in 2015 to write a young adult novel and in October 2016 Colfer released Iron Man: The Gauntlet. [7]

Standalone novels

Children's Books

Graphic Novels

In 2015, it was announced that Eoin Colfer was working on an adult graphic novel called Illegal with Andrew Donkin and Giovanni Rigano, the team behind the Artemis Fowl Graphic Novels. [9]


In April 2014 [10] principal photography began on a new Irish feature film Poison Pen , the first screenplay from Colfer. The film, a romantic comedy, was filmed on location in Ireland over the next three weeks by the participants on the Filmbase/Staffordshire University MSc in Digital Feature Film Production. The film premiered at the 26th Galway Film Fleadh on 11 July 2014. [11] The film is an eco friendly production. John Gormley, the former Green Party Minister, has been appointed as a Green Production Manager for the production, with a view to minimising the carbon footprint and environmental impact of the film.[ citation needed ]

On 1 September 2015, Variety reported that Kenneth Branagh had been hired to direct Artemis Fowl for Disney, with Irish playwright Conor McPherson as screenwriter and Judy Hofflund as an executive producer. [12] Colfer confirmed this in a video to Artemis Fowl Confidential, [13] and spoke with RTE Radio 1 about meeting Branagh several times to discuss this prior to the announcement. [14] On 12 September 2017, Disney announced that the film adaptation will be released on 9 August 2019. [15]


Noel (2016)

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Artemis Fowl II fictional human

Artemis Fowl II is the title character of the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer.

Holly Short character of the Artemis Fowl novel series by Eoin Colfer

Captain Holly Short is a character of the Artemis Fowl novel series by Eoin Colfer.

<i>Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception</i> book by Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception is a teen fantasy novel published in 2005, the 4th book in the Artemis Fowl series by the Irish author Eoin Colfer. Preceded by Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code and followed by Artemis Fowl: The Lost Colony, it is centred on the brilliant pixie Opal Koboi's second try at rebellion and Artemis Fowl II and his fairy comrades' efforts to stop her. Critical reception was mixed, with some reviews praising the book but others pointing out confusion and poor writing. Artemis Fowl is not seen in the book as much as Opal Koboi.

Gnommish is the "fairy language" used in the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer. It is not actually a language at all, but the English language encoded into a letter-substitution cipher where each symbol represents a letter. Lines of translatable Gnommish run along the bottoms of books one, two, four, five and six. However, in book one of the series, it is mentioned that one of the symbols was comparable to the Egyptian Anubis symbol. It is also mentioned that Gnommish is a mix of symbolic and alphabetic letters, running in spirals.

Artemis Fowl is a series of novels by Eoin Colfer.

<i>Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox</i> book by Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox is the sixth book in the series Artemis Fowl by Irish writer Eoin Colfer. It was released in the U.S. on 5 July 2008, and on 7 August in the U.K. At 432 pages, it is the longest book in the series. In Colfer's video blogs, he mentioned the book, saying it may not be the last, but the last one for at least three years. It is followed by Artemis Fowl: The Atlantis Complex.

The Fowl Family is a criminal family in the fictional teen series Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer. It currently consists of Artemis Fowl I, his wife Angeline Fowl, twins Myles and Beckett and the main character of the Artemis Fowl series, Artemis Fowl II.

A mindwipe is a fictional memory erasure procedure in which the subject's memories and sometimes personality are erased. Often those are replaced by new memories more useful to those who are carrying out the mindwiping. It is a more thorough form of brainwashing. It is sometimes used as an alternative to capital punishment, or to make the subject more useful to the system. The mindwipe can be performed by a hypnotic or magical ability, or by an electronic device. It is often coupled with stories where the characters have amnesia, although the latter concept includes cases that occur naturally or by accident instead of the result of a deliberate procedure.

<i>Artemis Fowl: The Atlantis Complex</i> book by Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl: The Atlantis Complex is the seventh book in the Artemis Fowl series. It was published on 20 July 2010 in the United Kingdom and on 3 August 2010 in North America. It was followed by Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian, which was confirmed to be the final book in the Artemis Fowl series.

<i>Plugged</i> (novel) book by Eoin Colfer

Plugged is a 2011 crime novel by Eoin Colfer.

<i>Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian</i> book by Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian is the eighth and final novel in Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl series. Colfer had previously alluded to the novel being the final entry when he stated that the previous book, The Atlantis Complex, was the penultimate in the series. The Last Guardian was released 10 July 2012 by Viking Press and Disney Hyperion. The novel received generally positive reviews.

<i>Artemis Fowl</i> (film) 2019 film by Kenneth Branagh

Artemis Fowl is an upcoming 2019 American fantasy adventure film based on the first two novels in the series of the same name by Eoin Colfer. Directed by Kenneth Branagh and written by Conor McPherson, the film stars Ferdia Shaw, Lara McDonnell, Tamara Smart, Nonso Anozie, Josh Gad, and Judi Dench. It will be released by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures on August 9, 2019 in 3D and IMAX. It will be released in Russia a day earlier on the 8th.

<i>Poison Pen</i> (2014 film) 2014 film

Poison Pen (2014) is an Irish comedy feature film based on a screenplay by author Eoin Colfer, directed by Steven Benedict, Lorna Fitzsimons and Jennifer Shortall.


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