Eoin Colfer

Eoin Colfer

Colfer at Great St Mary's, Cambridge in 2008
Born (1965-05-14) 14 May 1965
Wexford, Ireland
Occupation Writer
Nationality Irish
Period 1998–present
Genre Children's fantasy, science fiction and adventure novels
Notable works Artemis Fowl series


Eoin Colfer (/ˈ.n/; 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.


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

O'Brien Flyers

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

Artemis Fowl

Companion books

Graphic novels are planned for all books in the series.

The Supernaturalist

Companion books

Eoin Colfer's Legends

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."[5]

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.[6]

Standalone novels

Children's Books

In 2014, it was announced that Eoin Colfer was working on a picture book for children in collaboration with Oliver Jeffers called Imaginary Fred.

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.[8]


In April 2014[9] 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.[10]

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.


  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". Thomson Reuters. Retrieved 17 September 2008.
  3. Pauli, Michelle (29 March 2011). "Eoin Colfer and Artemis Fowl: a beginning and an end". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 April 2011.
  4. AF, Site (11 April 2013). "AF Site". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
  5. Flood, Alison (17 September 2008). "Eoin Colfer to write sixth Hitchhiker's Guide book". The Guardian. UK. Retrieved 19 March 2011.
  6. "Eoin Colfer set for 2016 Iron Man novel!". Artemis-Fowl.com. October 31, 2015. Archived from the original on January 4, 2016. Retrieved November 1, 2015.
  7. "'Imaginary Fred' cover revealed". Artemis Fowl Confidential. 19 March 2015. Retrieved 20 March 2015.
  8. "2015 Eoin Colfer Interview with Artemis Fowl Confidential". Artemis Fowl Confidential. 9 May 2015. Retrieved 20 March 2015.
  9. Murphy, Niall (7 April 2014). "Irish Film: Production begins on the Eoin Colfer scripted Poison Pen". Scannain.
  10. "26th Galway Film Fleadh Programme". Retrieved 30 July 2014.
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