Eoin Colfer

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Eoin Colfer
Colfer at BookExpo in 2019
Colfer at BookExpo in 2019
Born (1965-05-14) 14 May 1965 (age 57)
Wexford, Ireland
GenreChildren's fantasy, science fiction and adventure novels
Notable worksArtemis 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 instalment of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series, titled 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 (Ireland's Children's Laureate) between 2014 and 2016.[3]


Colfer at the Helsinki Book Fair in 2001

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.


Benny Shaw[edit]

  • 1. Benny and Omar (1998)
  • 2. Benny and Babe (1999)

O'Brien Flyers[edit]

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[edit]

Artemis Fowl
The Fowl Twins

Companion books[edit]

Graphic novels are planned for every book in the series.

The Supernaturalist[edit]

Companion books
  • The Supernaturalist: The Graphic Novel (10 July 2012)

Eoin Colfer's Legends[edit]

  • 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)[edit]

  • 1. W.A.R.P. The Reluctant Assassin (11 April 2013)[7]
  • 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[edit]

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy[edit]

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."[8]

Daniel McEvoy[edit]


  • Iron Man: the Gauntlet (6 October 2016).[9]

Standalone novels[edit]

  • 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[edit]

Graphic novels[edit]

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.[11]


In April 2014,[12] 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.[13] 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.[citation needed]

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.[14] Colfer confirmed this in a video to Artemis Fowl Confidential,[15] and spoke with RTE Radio 1 about meeting Branagh several times to discuss the film prior to the announcement.[16] The film was originally scheduled for release on 9 August 2019[17] but on 7 May 2019 it was delayed to 29 May 2020.[18] 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.[19][20]


Colfer wrote an extended monologue for the Wexford Arts Centre in 2015, before expanding the piece into a full play.[21] 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.[22][23]


  • Noel (2016)


  1. ^ "New Hitchhiker's author announced". Entertainment/Arts. BBC News. 16 September 2008. Retrieved 17 September 2008.
  2. ^ Griffiths, Peter (17 September 2008). "Hitchhiker's Guide series to ride again". Reuters. Retrieved 17 September 2008.
  3. ^ "Eoin Colfer (2014-2016)". Children's Book Ireland. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  4. ^ Wheadon, Carrie B. "Artemis Fowl, Book 1". Common Sense Media. Common Sense. Retrieved 27 May 2022.
  5. ^ Lightbody, Robert. "Running A-Fowl of Magic". January Magazine. Retrieved 27 May 2022.
  6. ^ Pauli, Michelle (29 March 2011). "Eoin Colfer and Artemis Fowl: a beginning and an end". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 April 2011.
  7. ^ "AF Site". Publishers Weekly. 11 April 2013. Archived from the original on 21 December 2013. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
  8. ^ Flood, Alison (17 September 2008). "Eoin Colfer to write sixth Hitchhiker's Guide book". The Guardian. UK. Retrieved 19 March 2011.
  9. ^ "Eoin Colfer set for 2016 Iron Man novel!". Artemis-Fowl.com. 31 October 2015. Archived from the original on 4 January 2016. Retrieved 1 November 2015.
  10. ^ "'Imaginary Fred' cover revealed". Artemis Fowl Confidential. 19 March 2015. Retrieved 20 March 2015.
  11. ^ "2015 Eoin Colfer Interview with Artemis Fowl Confidential". Artemis Fowl Confidential. 9 May 2015. Retrieved 20 March 2015.
  12. ^ Murphy, Niall (7 April 2014). "Irish Film: Production begins on the Eoin Colfer scripted Poison Pen". Scannain.
  13. ^ "26th Galway Film Fleadh Programme". Archived from the original on 8 August 2014. Retrieved 30 July 2014.
  14. ^ Kroll, Justin (1 September 2015). "Kenneth Branagh Developing 'Artemis Fowl' Adaptation for Disney". Variety. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  15. ^ "Artemis Fowl Confidential Eoin Colfer Interview (August 2008)". Retrieved 25 February 2016.
  16. ^ Wall, Matt (2 September 2015). "Eoin Colfer on RTE Radio 1 talking about the Artemis Fowl Movie". Artemis Fowl Confidential. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
  17. ^ "Disney announces dates for new Star Wars movies, MCU Phase 4, and more". Polygon.com. 7 May 2019.
  18. ^ Fuster, Jeremy (7 May 2019). "Disney Bumps 'New Mutants' and 'Artemis Fowl' to 2020". The Wrap. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  19. ^ Welk, Brian (3 April 2020). "'Black Widow' Moves to November as Other MCU Films Shift Back to 2021, 2022". The Wrap. Retrieved 3 April 2020.
  20. ^ Artemis Fowl (2020), retrieved 12 June 2020
  21. ^ Desmond, Cathy (20 July 2016). "Theatre Review: My Real Life at Theatre Royal, Waterford". Irish Examiner.
  22. ^ "Theatre review: My Real Life at Assembly Hall". British Theatre Guide.
  23. ^ Cavendish, Dominic (9 August 2017). "Prepare to shed a tear at this middle-aged farewell - My Real Life, Assembly Hall, Edinburgh Fringe, review". The Telegraph – via www.telegraph.co.uk.

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Preceded by Laureate na nÓg
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