Artemis Fowl author Eoin Colfer visits Cramlington Learning Village
Best-selling author Eoin Colfer, whose Artemis Fowl stories have been turned into a Disney film, ended a promotional tour of the US and UK with a visit to Cramlington Learning Village to promote his latest work.
The film, starring Dame Judi Dench and Adrian Scarborough and directed by Sir Kenneth Branagh, is released next May.
The worldwide sales of the Artemis Fowl books have reached more than 20 million.
Eoin Colfer’s new novel The Fowl Twins features the younger brothers of criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl.
The author told Cramlington students that the twins were based on his sons, while Artemis was inspired by one of his brothers who had a knack of getting people out of trouble.
Eoin taught for 15 years and stopped in 2001 after the publication of the first Artemis book. “I don’t miss correcting notebooks or staff meetings, but I do miss the actual teaching.
“Luckily, because I visit so many schools now, I don’t feel I’ve left it completely,” he said.
“I always see it as a 45-minute challenge to get some more kids reading – and if I can get even one, that’s a win for me.”
Eoin told Year 7 students from Cramlington Learning Village and children from Cragside, Eastlea and Shanklea Primary Schools about growing up in 1970s Ireland.
He said his love of storytelling grew from travelling on long car journeys when his father used stories to stop fights between Eoin and his four brothers.