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Famous author in Leeds school visit

Author Eoin Colfer, visits Garforth Academy. PIC: Simon Hulme

Author Eoin Colfer, visits Garforth Academy. PIC: Simon Hulme

  • by Alison Bellamy
 

FAMOUS author Eoin Colfer, who has sold millions of books in the Artemis Fowl book series, visited Garforth Academy to meet pupils from Year 7.

And youngsters from nearby feeder schools in Year 6, also attended.

Actors performed his work at a special assembly, bringing to life his popular adventure books.

Irish author Eoin rarely visits the UK, being based in Ireland and the USA and he has sold over 20 million copies of his first series.

This visit is part of his tour to launch the second book in his new series WARP (Witness Anonymous Relocation Programme) which tells of FBI secrecy and time travel in London. There will be opportunity for the students to buy a book and get it signed by the author.

His first book, Benny and Omar, was published in 1998, based on his experiences in Tunisia.

In 2001 the first Artemis Fowl book was published and he was able to resign from teaching and concentrate fully on writing. He is now working on his WASP series and visiting schools on a nationwide tour.

The Artemis Fowl series has since sold over 20 million copies worldwide and is now concluding with the final book The Last Guardian.

Eoin said: “I will keep writing until people stop reading or I run out of ideas. Hopefully neither of these will happen anytime soon.”

He lives in Ireland with his wife and two children.

The interactive event bringing WARP to life encouraged the children to get involved in the action, bringing some pupils up on stage to take part in some of the act (a Victorian Magic Show).

Helen Hill, of Garforth Academy, said: “This was a rare opportunity for children in schools to work with such a high profile author and so we would like to publicise and celebrate his work.”

Book publishers Puffin arranged for two actors to attend, bringing the world of WARP to life, acting out some of the characters from the book.

Some of the pupils helped with the drama and performed Victorian magic tricks.

 

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