Eoin Colfer Biography & Facts
Eoin Colfer (; 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 instalment of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series, titled And Another Thing ..., 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 (Ireland's Children's Laureate) between 2014 and 2016.
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.
1. Benny and Omar (1998)
2. Benny and Babe (1999)O'Brien Flyers
Colfer contributed three volumes to this series of books by several writers, for very young readers.
1. Going Potty (1999)
4. Ed's Funny Feet (2000)
7. Ed's Bed (2001)The Fowl Adventures
Artemis Fowl1. Artemis Fowl (2001)
2. Artemis Fowl and the Arctic Incident (2002)
3. Artemis Fowl and the Eternity Code (2003)
4. Artemis Fowl and the Opal Deception (2005)
5. Artemis Fowl and the Lost Colony (2006)
6. Artemis Fowl and the Time Paradox (2008)
7. Artemis Fowl and the Atlantis Complex (2010)
8. Artemis Fowl and the Last Guardian (2012)The Fowl Twins1. The Fowl Twins (2019)
2. The Fowl Twins Deny All Charges (2020)
3. The Fowl Twins Get What They Deserve (2021)Companion books
LEPrecon (short story; 2004)
Artemis Fowl: The Seventh Dwarf (short story; 2004)
The Artemis Fowl Files (companion book; 2004)
Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel (2007)
Artemis Fowl and the Arctic Incident - The Graphic Novel (2009)
Artemis Fowl and the Eternity Code - The Graphic Novel (9 July 2013)
Artemis Fowl and the Opal Deception - Graphic NovelGraphic novels are planned for every book in the series.
1. The Supernaturalist (2 May 2004)Companion booksThe Supernaturalist: The Graphic Novel (10 July 2012)Eoin Colfer's Legends
Legend of Spud Murphy (2005)
Legend of Captain Crow’s Teeth (2006)
Legend of the Worst Boy in the World (2008)W.A.R.P. (Witness Anonymous Relocation Program)
1. W.A.R.P. The Reluctant Assassin (11 April 2013)
2. W.A.R.P. The Hangman's Revolution (24 June 2014)
3. W.A.R.P. The Forever Man (15 September 2015)Half Moon Investigations
1. Half Moon Investigations (27 March 2006)
2. Half Moon Investigations 2 (expected)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. And Another Thing... (2009)Daniel McEvoy
1. Plugged (1 May 2011)
2. Screwed (9 May 2013)Marvel
Iron Man: the Gauntlet (6 October 2016).Standalone novels
The Wish List (31 January 2001)
Click, chapter 3 (1 October 2007)
Airman (2 January 2008)
Highfire (28 January 2020) (also titled The Last Dragon on Earth)Children's books
Imaginary Fred (October 2015, with Oliver Jeffers)Graphic novels
In 2015, it was announced that Colfer was working on an adult graphic novel called Illegal with Andrew Donkin and Giovanni Rigano, the team behind the Artemis Fowl graphic novels.
In April 2014, 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. The film is an eco-friendly production. John Gormley, the former Green Party Minister, was appointed as a Green Production Manager for the production, with a view to minimising the carbon footprint and environmental impact of the film.On 1 September 2015, Variety reported that Kenneth Branagh had been hired to direct Artemis Fowl for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, with Irish playwright Conor McPherson as screenwriter and Judy Hofflund and Branagh as producers. Colfer confirmed this in a video to Artemis Fowl Confidential, and spoke with RTE Radio 1 about meeting Branagh several times to discuss the film prior to the announcement. The film was originally scheduled for release on 9 August 2019 but on 7 May 2019 it was delayed to 29 May 2020. The film was pulled on 3 April 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and debuted on Disney+ on 12 June 2020 instead of a theatrical release, to overwhelmingly negative reviews.
Colfer wrote an extended monologue for the Wexford Arts Centre in 2015, before expanding the piece into a full play. My Real Life was originally performed across Ireland and the UK throughout 2016 and 2017, before coming to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2017. It starred Don Wycherley as Noel O'Brien, dictating his final thoughts and regrets to a friend on an old cassette tape. The play received 4- and 5-star reviews from a variety of publications.
Eoin Colfer at British Council: Literature
Artemis Fowl Confidential, fan site with some biographical and bibliographical data
Interview of Colfer and Review of Plugged by Ayo Onatade in SHOTS Crime & Thriller Ezine (June? 2011)
Eoin Colfer at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
Eoin Colfer at Library of Congress Authorities, with 31 catalogue records
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