Eoin is famous around world
RIGHT across the globe Eoin Colfer's books have found their way into the hands of enthusiastic young readers.
Most famous for his Artemis Fowl series, Eoin's work has been compared to that of JK Rowling, and the modest Wexford writer has certainly catapulted himself into the super-stratosphere of children's fiction writing.
Born in Wexford in May 1965, Eoin's early career was as a teacher, following in the footsteps of his father Billy, who is also a teacher and historian of note.
It was 2001 when he attained worldwide notice with his first Artemis Fowl book. It was the moment that changed his life as he became a constant on the New York Times bestsellers list for children and teens.
Having retired from teaching, he concentrated on future Artemis books and all seven of them have so far found their way onto bestseller lists across the globe. His book Airman also made the NYT bestseller list, and he published other books including Half Moon Investigations, The Wish List and the Supernaturalist.
In September 2008 Eoin was given the difficult job of writing the sixth instalment of the Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy series. It was an epic task for the author to follow in the footsteps of Douglas Adams but his squeal 'And Another Thing...' was greeted warmly by the legions of Hitchhikers fans across the globe.
Most recently Eoin has dabbled in writing musicals with his friends Cyril Murphy and Liam Bates, and their most recent offering, The Lords Of Love, received much applause in its initial 'workshopping'. Eoin also published his first book for an adult audience – crime thriller Plugged – recently.
He lives in Wexford with his wife Jackie and their two children Seán and Finn.