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									‘Ireland in Schools’                 Staffordshire Pilot Scheme                                        QLS, Staffs

Artemis Fowl
Planning & worksheets for Year 7 English
Spring term, weeks 1-6

Sandy Pierzchalla
Head of English & Drama
Ryecroft CE (C) Middle School

  Weekly Planning
   Context questions
      Chapters 1 & 2
      Chapter 3
      Chapter 4
      Chapters 5 & 6
      Grammar, etc.
        Complex sentences
        Different types of fairies
        Fairies & fairy magic
        Mud people
        Pictures of trolls
        Root’s diary                                   http://hometown.aol.co.uk/Iis05/Artemis_Fowl_Worksheets.pdf
                                                                      See also Researching Ireland on the Internet at
  About Artemis Fowl & Eoin Colfer                       http://hometown.aol.co.uk/Iis05/Ireland_Presentation_All.pdf

For the past four years novels by Irish authors have formed the basis of a most successful and engaging unit
of work on Ireland in Year 7 English at Ryecroft CE (C) Middle School, Staffordshire.

Sandy Pierzchalla, Head of English & Drama, introduces the unit with a potted history of Ireland before
embarking on a six-week exploration of the Artemis Fowl, the keystone of the unit and , a popular choice with
boys and girls. Information about the book and the author are on the back cover of this booklet.

Exploration of the novel culminates in a research project, and presentation, on Ireland as a tourist destination,
details of which are available on the internet at:

Then, depending upon ability, pupils enjoy other Irish authors, including Marita Conlon-McKenna (Under
the Hawthorn Tree - a historical novel about the Irish Famine), Sam McBratney (Jimmy Zest) and Darren
Shan (Cirque du Freak). The last, a ‘living nightmare’ of vampires and tarantulas, has proved a ‘cult thing’
in the school and parents have thanked Sandy ‘profusely for introducing this book to their reluctant-reader

The booklet contains the teaching scheme and other resources Sandy has developed for Artemis Fowl,
representing, Sandy is anxious emphasise, ‘not a prescriptive plan as to how it should be done’ but simply
‘how I delivered the materials’. The booklet is also available on the internet at:

                                            Pierzchalla, Artemis Fowl, 2
YEAR        7                                 OBJECTIVES                                    HOMEWORK
TERM        Spring
                                              W14   Word meaning in context                 1. 30 minutes reading
WEEK        1
                                              R8  Infer and deduce                          2. Homophones sheet
TEACHER     S Pierzchalla
                                              R16 Author attitudes

             STARTER                            INTRODUCTION                       DEVELOPMENT                  PLENARY

Lesson 1     Intro to Ireland – what do you     Teacher to give intro re           Discuss any difficult        Go through questions.
             know? – brainstorm in              troubles in Ireland – brief        vocabulary.                  Impressions of book
             groups.                            history - discuss.                 Answer questions on first    to share.
             Feedback from each group.          Info on Eoin Colfer and            chapter.
             Geography/ troubles.               Artemis Fowl.                                                   HW 30 minutes
             Stereotypes – green, stupid        Read Prologue and beginning                                        reading.
             leprechauns, Blarney Stone,        of chap 1.
             St Patrick etc.

Lesson 2     Starter on homophones – use        Recap on beginnings of             Use of codes – begin         Feedback on codes –
             correct spelling.                  Artemis.                           deciphering the alphabet     and on message in
                                                Read chap 2.                       using the intro to the       book
                                                Explain/reminder of                ‘Booke of the People.’       Go through answers.
                                                homophones of fowl/foul.           Questions on chap 2.
                                                Also Fowl Manor/foul                                            HW Homophones
                                                manner.                                                            sheet.

Lesson 3     Apostrophes – contractions         Review Artemis Fowl from           Draw picture of Holly        Share drawings of
             and possessives. Go over           last lesson.                       labelled (using pp 31-32).   Holly.
             basic rules.                       Read part of chap 3 – ‘Holly’
                                                – (up to p44).
             Use whiteboards for

Lesson 4     Reminder of apostrophes –          Review Artemis Fowl.               Answer questions on          Go through answers to
             use whiteboards for different      Read remainder of chapter 3.       chapter 3.                   chap 3 – recap on plot
             examples.                          How does the author speak to                                    and any confusion.
                                                the reader?

YEAR       7                                  OBJECTIVES                                    HOMEWORK
TERM       Spring
                                              S1a   Recognising and using                   1. 30 minutes reading
WEEK       2
                                                    subordinate clauses                     2. Complex sentences
TEACHER    S Pierzchalla
                                              R8    Infer & deduce
                                              R16   Author attitudes

             STARTER                            INTRODUCTION                       DEVELOPMENT                  PLENARY

Lesson 1     Simple and complex                 Recap on Artemis Fowl.             Character of Holly – what    Feedback on character
             sentences for detail. Badger –     ‘Abduction’ – what does it         type of person do you        of Holly.
             Starter 7 (OHT) Main &             mean?                              think she is? – give
             subordinate clauses – explain.     Begin chap 4- up to p70 (just      reasons. Write               HW 30 minutes
             Use whiteboards.                   before Holly completes ritual.)    approximately 3                 reading.

Lesson 2     Give – subordinate clause at       Recap - go over plot in detail.    Questions on chap 4.         Go through answers to
             beginning – pupils compose         Finish chap 4.                     If you had fairy magic –     questions.
             main clause using                                                     how would you use it?
             whiteboards:-                                                         Shield (invisible).          Discuss fairy magic.
             Laughing hysterically…                                                Mesmer? Healing?
             Screaming loudly …

Lesson 3     Subordinate clause in middle       Read chap 5 - up to p94 (after     Translation of Gnommish.     Go through
             – give examples - use of           Butler creates diversion).                                      Gnommish alphabet
             commas.                            Why has he done this? What                                      on OHT for anyone
             Eg Ben liked football.             do you think Artemis will do?                                   who has not yet got it.
             Pupils use whiteboards.

Lesson 4     Whiteboards – subordinate          Read remainder of chapter 5.       Begin questions on chaps     Go through first few
             clauses – in all 3 places –        Why does Artemis let Holly         5 & 6.                       questions.
             examples. Then explain             believe she has told him fairy
             homework.                          secrets?                                                        HW Complex

                                                    Pierzchalla, Artemis Fowl, 3
YEAR       7                                OBJECTIVES                                       HOMEWORK
TERM       Spring
                                            S3       Punctuation to clarify                  1. 30 minutes reading
WEEK       3
                                                     meaning                                 2. Spelling
TEACHER    S Pierzchalla
                                            R8       Infer & deduce                          3. Root’s diary
                                            R16      Author attitudes

             STARTER                             INTRODUCTION                       DEVELOPMENT                     PLENARY

Lesson 1     Paired spelling.                    Review Artemis Fowl from           How does Root feel after        Listen to beginnings
                                                 last week.                         the incident on the             so far.
                                                                                    whaling boat?
                                                 Begin chapter 6 – up to page                                       HW 30 minutes
                                                 123 where Holly shows teeth.       Begin Root’s diary.                reading

Lesson 2     Use of colons/semi colons –         Review story.                      Continue with Root’s            Listen to a selection.
             review – Give selection of          Read p123 – bottom of p131.        diary at this point in the
             sentences – pupils to extend                                           story. Brainstorm.
             using colons (whiteboards).
                                                                                    Use variety of sentence
                                                                                    structures. Try to use at
                                                                                    least 2 colons or

Lesson 3     As yesterday – using                Review from last lesson.           Finish diary if necessary.      Listen to selection.
             semicolons (whiteboards).           Read pp 131 – 147 after
                                                 explanation of blue rinse.         Continue with translation       HW Root’s diary.
                                                                                    of Gnommish –
                                                                                    translation of words at
                                                                                    bottom of page.

Lesson 4     Dictionary scan.                    Review story.                      Finish questions on chaps       Go through answers.
                                                 Read remainder of chapter 6.       5 & 6 (started last week).

YEAR       7                                OBJECTIVES                                       HOMEWORK
TERM       Spring
                                            R8       Infer & deduce                          1. 30 minutes reading
WEEK       4
                                            R16      Author attitudes                        2. Spelling
TEACHER    S Pierzchalla
                                                                                             3. Write paragraph of 2 types of

             STARTER                             INTRODUCTION                        DEVELOPMENT                  PLENARY

Lesson 1     Paired spelling.                    Review Artemis from last week.      What kind of character       Go through vocabulary.
                                                 Read chap 7 ‘Mulch’ – up to         is Mulch?                    Listen to passage about
                                                 p173.                               Is he likeable? Why?         Mulch.
                                                 Who is author speaking to at        Vocabulary sheet to
                                                 beginning of chapter?               complete.                    HW 30 minutes
                                                                                     If time - write 2               reading/Spelling.
                                                                                     paragraphs about your
                                                                                     opinion with reasons.

Lesson 2     Dictionary scan.                    Recap from last lesson. What do     What do we know              Go through and discuss.
                                                 you remember about a dwarf’s        about fairy magic so
                                                 special skills?                     far?
                                                 Read from pp 173 – 188.             Chart to complete.

Lesson 3     Countdown.                          Review from last lesson - Read      What do we know              Go through – share each
                                                 up to p192.                         about different types        group’s findings.
                                                                                     of fairies?
                                                                                     Chart to complete –
                                                                                     assign each group a
                                                                                     type of fairy – elf, troll

Lesson 4     Crossword.                          Read up to end of chap 7.           Write passage on 2 of        Listen to some passages.
                                                                                     the creatures – at least
                                                                                     a paragraph for each.        HW Write passage on
                                                                                                                     2 types of fairy.

                                                     Pierzchalla, Artemis Fowl, 4
YEAR       7                                 OBJECTIVES                                  HOMEWORK
TERM       Spring
                                             R8    Infer & deduce                        1. 30 minutes reading
WEEK       5
                                             R16   Author attitudes                      2. Spelling
TEACHER    S Pierzchalla
                                             S&L10 Report main points                    3. Work on presentation

             STARTER                           INTRODUCTION               DEVELOPMENT                      PLENARY

Lesson 1     Paired spelling.                  Review Artemis from        What do fairies think of mud     Go through & discuss.
                                               last week.                 people?
                                               Read chap 8 – up to        Chart to complete.               HW 1. 30 minutes
                                               p217.                                                          reading
                                                                                                              2. Spelling.

Lesson 2     Anagrams – selection to           Review Artemis.            Passage from p224. Why are       Listen to pupils’ similes.
             decipher using clues.                                        they not full sentences – why
                                               Read pp 217 – 227.         so short?
                                               Difficult vocabulary.      Chapter called ‘Troll’ but we
                                                                          don’t actually see the troll
                                                                          until p224. Why? Point out
                                                                          the build up.
                                                                          Use of simile – why?
                                                                          (Demonstrate razor through
                                                                          rice paper.)
                                                                          Pupils to devise own original
                                                                          similes (sheet). Use of
                                                                          figurative language.

Lesson 3     Dictionary scan.                  Review Artemis – finish    What is expected – assign        Recap on what is
                                               chap 8.                    each group an area of Ireland.   expected – pupils to
                                               Explain work on Ireland    Pupils to organise selves and    report what they are
                                               & h/w.                     sort out tasks.                  doing tomorrow.

Lesson 4     Research on town in Ireland –                                                                 HW Work on
IT Room      each group given a website.                                                                      presentation.

YEAR       7                                 OBJECTIVES                                  HOMEWORK
TERM       Spring
                                             R14    Language choices                     1. 30 minutes reading
WEEK       6
                                             S&L10 Report main points                    2. Spelling
TEACHER    S Pierzchalla
                                             S&L14 Modify views                          3. Evaluation of presentation

             STARTER                           INTRODUCTION               DEVELOPMENT                      PLENARY

Lesson 1     Paired spelling.                  Review Artemis Fowl–       Work on presentation.            Recap on expectations.
                                               Read chap 9 – up to
                                               p257.                                                       HW 30 minutes

Lesson 2     OHT 1.10                          Read remainder of          Model a presentation on          Feedback from each
             One by one reveal quotations      Artemis Fowl pp 257 -      Uttoxeter.                       group – recap what is
             – who do words apply to?          268.                                                        expected.
                                               Why are they vomiting?     Work on presentation for next

Lesson 3     NC Level descriptors -            Group presentations                                         Oral feedback from each
             expectations for S & L.           today.                                                      other (if time).

Lesson 4     Finish presentations if           Read p268 to end.          Written evaluation of            Listen to beginnings so
             necessary.                        Opinion. Ending            presentation to complete in      far.
             Feedback to all groups –          satisfactory?              draft.
             grades etc.                       (Show Artic Incident &                                      HW     Evaluation of
                                               Eternity Code etc.)                                                presentation.

                                                   Pierzchalla, Artemis Fowl, 5
Context questions: chapters 1 & 2

Answer the following questions in full sentences:

1.    What was Nguyen disguised as when Artemis met him in the café? (p 4)
2.    What did Butler do to the pickpocket? (p 8)
3.    How much was Nguyen paid for the information? (p10)
4.    What did Artemis want from the ‘healer’ in the alleyway? (11)
5.    Why was she no longer able to use her magic? (p 11)
6.    How did Artemis trick her into doing what he wanted? (p 12-13)
7.    Where is Fowl Manor? (p14)
8.    How long had Butler been guarding Artemis? (p16)
9.    Artemis is described as ‘a chip off the old block.’(p17) What does this expression mean?
10.   What was Artemis’s goal? (p18)
11.   What is Gnommish? (p19)
12.   Why is Artemis worried about his mother? (p20)
13.   What happened to Artemis Senior? (p29)
14.   Why had Artemis been running the CNN’s web site (news and current affairs) for over a year? (p30)
15.   What did Artemis do best? (p30)


Try to find the Gnommish equivalent to our alphabet using the translation on page 26-27.

                                          Pierzchalla, Artemis Fowl, 6
Context questions: chapter 3

Answer the following questions in full sentences:

1.    How tall was Holly? (p31)
2.    Why had Root been ‘on Holly’s case’ since day one? (p32)
3.    What was one of the advantages of living underground? (p32)
4.    Where did the word ‘leprechaun’ originate from? (p33)
5.    What does Holly eat for her breakfast? (p33)
6.    What was the dwarf, Mulch, doing in the station lobby? (p34)
7.    What was Commander Root’s nickname and why? (p 32)
8.    Why did Commander Root pick on Holly? (p36-7)
9.    Why does Holly think she deserves one more chance? (p38)
10.   What do you learn about trolls from page 39?
11.   Why does Holly lie about ‘running hot’ to Commander Root? (p40)
12.   Why does Foaly wear a tinfoil hat at all times? (p42)
13.   What equipment does Holly take with her when she goes above ground? (p43-4)
14.   Why did Holly’s ancestors not stay above ground and fight it out with the mud people? (p50)
15.   Why does Root say, ‘You’ll spend the next hundred years on drain duty.’? (p54)
16.   How did Holly overcome the troll after she had landed on him? (p57)
17.   What did the sphere do to the people in the restaurant? (p58)
18.   What does Root tell Holly she must do at the end of Chapter 3? (p61-2)

                                          Pierzchalla, Artemis Fowl, 7
Context questions: chapter 4

Answer the following questions in full sentences:

1.   What is the ritual that all fairies must perform? (p65)
2.   When Butler scans down the list of items Artemis wants him to get, which item puzzles Butler and why?
3.   What did Holly, and all fairies, love to do? (p67)
4.   Why was Holly sad when she saw the dolphins? (p68)
5.   Where was the most magical place on the planet? (p68)
6.   How long had Artemis and Butler been staked out? (p70)
7.   What did Holly do to protect her elfin ears? (p72)
8.   Why was Holly dumbfounded? (p75)
9.   What is the mesmer? (p75)
10. Where did Butler put Holly after they had tranquilised her? (p77)

                                           Pierzchalla, Artemis Fowl, 8
Context questions: chapters 5 & 6

Answer the following questions in full sentences:

1.   What are the first words Artemis speaks to Holly? (p81)
2.   What does Root see that upsets him when Foaly blows up the screen? (p83)
3.   Why does Root decide to reactivate himself? (p83-4)
4.   What does Foaly mean when he tells Root ‘…we only allow one passenger per pod.’? (p87)
5.   How did Butler create a diversion for Artemis? (p91-3)
6.   What simile is used to describe the way Holly feels when she wakes up? (p97)
7.   Why does Holly try to persuade Juliet to take off her sunglasses? (p99-100)
8.   Why couldn’t Foaly keep track of Root once he gets on the whaling ship? (p104)
9.   Why could a good-sized rat be a real threat to a fairy? (p107)
10. Why does Artemis say he has brought Root to the ship? (p109)
11. What had Artemis not expected about the fairy? (p113)
12. What did his mother’s bedroom used to be? (p115)
13. Who does Angeline think Artemis is? (p116-7)
14. What did Holly want to do to Artemis? (p119)
15. What does Artemis tell Holly he has done to her? (p121)
16. Who is the leader of the Retrieval Squad? (p127)
17. What is Root’s first name? (p127)
18. What is a blue rinse? (p127)
19. What simile is used to compare putting Butler’s head into Holly’s helmet? (p130)
20. What was every little fairy’s dream? (p131-2)
21. Why did Butler have a hood pulled over his eyes? (p135-6)
22. What does Holly ask Juliet to get her to eat? (p142)
23. In the old days how did fairies create a ‘time-stop’? (p145)
24. How long does Root have to sort out the mess? (p148)
25. What does Foaly give Root to take with him when he meets Artemis? (p149-50)
26. What is Artemis’s one demand? (p155)
27. What are his last words to Root before he leaves? (p156)

                                          Pierzchalla, Artemis Fowl, 9

1.    I don’t suppose you would consider peaceful surrender
2.    a hypodermic dart
3.    He is the best – he has more successful recons under his belt than any officer in history
4.    Root has a fat stomach so Foaly is being sarcastic
5.    He provoked a fight with the dockers
6.    felt as though a sucker slug was drawing her brain out through her earhole
7.    she wants to use the mesmer on her
8.    the boat has a high lead content so they can’t penetrate it
9.    rats are one of the few breeds that can see through a fairy shield
10.   for a demonstration of his utter commitment to his goals
11.   hadn’t expected the fairy to appear so human
12.   used to be his parents’ lounge
13.   his grandfather
14.   incapacitate him with her elbow and use his hide for leverage
15.   that he has used a truth serum and extracted all the fairy secrets from her
16.   Lieutenant Cudgeon
17.   Julius
18.   a biological bomb which destroyed only living tissue
19.   trying to fit a potato into a thimble
20.   that one day he would grow up to don the uniform of the Retrieval commandos
21.   so the fairies wouldn’t see goggles
22.   fruit or vegetables (dolphin is a joke)
23.   5 elfin warlocks would form a pentagram around the target and spread a magic shield over it
24.   less than 8 hours
25.   a finger which contains a pressurized dart and an iris-cam
26.   one tonne of twenty-four-carat gold in small unmarked ingots
27.   None of your race has permission to enter here while I’m alive

                                              Pierzchalla, Artemis Fowl, 10
Similes: chapter 8

 A simile says something is like something else.
 It is a comparison using the words ‘like’ or ‘as’
 Eg ‘as cold as ice’ or ‘Jack’s bedroom is like a rubbish tip.’

 Writers use simile to paint a picture in your mind of what they want you to see. In this section of
 ‘Artemis Fowl’ Eoin Colfer has used simile several times.

 He held on like a rodeo rider.
 (It didn’t seem right) like a diamond in a Lucky Bag.
 Slicing through his Kevlar reinforced jacket like a razor through rice paper.

Invent some similes of your own. Try to make them original.

The snow was as white as………………………………..

I felt as happy as …………………………………………

Inside the dog’s mouth was like ………………………………

I ran like …………………………………………………

The cat was as dead as …………………………………..

The moon looked like …………………………………………

He was as old as …………………………………………

                                           Pierzchalla, Artemis Fowl, 11

The vocabulary in Artemis Fowl is challenging in places. Use a dictionary to find the meanings of the
following words.

Write down the definition and then a sentence which includes the word and shows you know what it means.

1.    prodigy
2.    adolescent
3.    garotte
4.    cosh
5.    anticipation
6.    furtive
7.    aversion
8.    vial
9.    amnesiac
10.   immerse
11.   acquisition
12.   exploit
13.   physician
14.   intricate
15.   pivotal
16.   improvise
17.   destitute
18.   counterpart
19.   genealogy
20.   stereotype

                                        Pierzchalla, Artemis Fowl, 12

 Homophones are words which sound the same, but they are spelt differently and they mean different

For each pair of words below, write a sentence using both words which shows you know the difference
between them.

1.    by           buy
2.    meet         meat
3.    our          hour
4.    right        write
5.    new          knew
6.    here         hear
7.    allowed      aloud
8.    buoy         boy
9.    grate        great
10.   holy         wholly
11.   fowl         foul

                                        Pierzchalla, Artemis Fowl, 13
Complex sentences

 A simple sentence can be expanded by inserting a subordinate clause.
 A subordinate clause gives extra information but does not make sense on its own. A subordinate clause
 can be inserted at the beginning, in the middle or at the end of the sentence.

 Eg Liam ran down the road
 could become
 Waving madly, Liam ran down the road.
 Liam ran down the road because he was being chased by a dog.
 Liam, a scared and frightened boy, ran down the road.
 Notice how commas are used to cordon off the subordinate clause.

Make the following simple sentences into complex sentences by adding a subordinate clause either at the
beginning, middle or end of the sentence. Don’t forget to use commas appropriately.

1.       The bag was heavy.
2.       Jamie ran down the stairs.
3.       Sarah did not like watching ‘The News’.
4.       The library was closed.
5.       Artemis was a criminal mastermind.
6.       Holly enjoyed her job.
7.       The car was new.
8.       Jack was obsessed with football.
9.       Mrs Pierzchalla loved to eat chocolate.
10.      Aaron enjoys homework.

Words which may be helpful:

 because                       until                         as                before
 who                           that                          whose             which
 where                         when                          since             whenever
 after                         although                      unless            even though

                                             Pierzchalla, Artemis Fowl, 14
Different types of fairies

What have you learned about the different types of fairies so far?
Make a chart like the one below and fill in as much as you can.
Page references have been given to assist. (up to the end of chapter 7)

 Name                  Example                Looks                         Likes & dislikes   Any other info –
                       & page refs                                                             extra powers etc
 ELF                   Holly & Root

 TROLL                 In restaurant

 CENTAUR               Foaly

 DWARF                 Mulch
                       161-67, 169,

 GOBLIN                In cell with Mulch

                                            Pierzchalla, Artemis Fowl, 15
Fairies & fairy magic

What do we know about fairies and fairy magic in general
Draw a table like the one below and use the following page references to help.
(Pages 11-12, 18-19, 52-4, 58, 65-8, 84, 99, 101, 124, 127, 131, 144)

 Page ref      Quotation                                          What do we learn?
 11-12         ‘…alcohol addiction had melted her skin            1. Alcohol melts skin and dulls senses
               …’                                                 2. Fairies live for centuries
               ‘… rice wine has dulled your senses…’
               ‘…even fairies tethered to the human realm
               can survive the ages..’











                                         Pierzchalla, Artemis Fowl, 16
Mud people

What do fairies think of Mud People?
Draw a table like the one below and use the following page references to help
(Pages 50, 53, 55, 68, 105, 120, 125, 128)

 Page ref      Quotation                                          What does it mean?
 50            ‘…Mud people bred like rodents.’                   1.     Comparing humans to rats
               ‘The Mud People destroyed everything               2.     Destructive
               they came into contact with.’                      3.     Disgusting – unhygienic
               ‘Imagine going to the toilet inside your           4.     Stupid – treating sewage.
               own house…’
               ‘…Mud People had even managed to botch
               that up…’







                                         Pierzchalla, Artemis Fowl, 17
Pictures of trolls

                     Pierzchalla, Artemis Fowl, 18
Root’s diary
Imagine you are Commander Root at this point in the story. You are going to write his diary.
Remember: a diary is a recount of what has happened so much of it will be in the past tense (and first person.)

Things to include:

What has happened recently? (Holly coming into your Recon Squad, the troll incident, the whaler exploding
How are you feeling about things?
What are you going to do?

You can start off as follows:

 Date (make it up)

 Dear Diary,

 The last few weeks have been terrible. Ever since Holly Short joined my team, it’s been

 one problem after another.

Don’t forget to organise your writing into paragraphs and use punctuation correctly.

                                           Pierzchalla, Artemis Fowl, 19
Artemis Fowl                                                            ‘I was born in Wexford, a large town on Ireland’s south east coast
                                                                        in 1965. I arrived on this earth a year after my brother Paul, and
Eoin Colfer, Viking, 0-67089-962-3                                      was later followed by Eamon, Donal and Niall. Dad retired as an
                                                                        elementary school teacher about eight years ago but remains an
For some, Artemis Fowl is Ireland’s equivalent of Harry Potter. For     historian and artist of note. Mam was obviously a very busy
others, it is more like a video game than a book, with its preference   mother but also was and still is an excellent drama teacher. Being
for snappy dialogue rather than characterisation and peppered as it     one of five brothers was usually great as you always had
is with up-to-date references to the Internet, digital technology,      company, sometimes it wasn't so great as you always....had
gratuitous violence and martial arts.                                   company. Seriously though there was never a shortage of things
                                                                        to do and places to go.
Nevertheless, the target audience seems to like the fact that Artemis
Fowl, one of the Mud People (Colfer’s answer to Muggles), is a          All of us went to the primary school where Dad taught, and it was
12-year-old criminal mastermind. Fowl pits his wits against the         in Wexford CBS that I first developed my interest in writing and
Leprecon (Lower Elements Police Reconnaissance) to steal fairy          began my habit of writing my own stories. At the time I used to
gold and restore the family fortune. Enter Captain Holly Short, a       accompany my literary efforts with my own illustrations. I was
tough female elf who packs fairy hardware and is taken hostage in       a one man production line.
the Fowls’ Manor, set in North County Dublin ...
                                                                        My friends however were not too impressed with my work. You
                                                                        see in my first ‘opus’ which was based on the Viking stories we
                                                                        were doing in history, I had made sure to include all my friends
                                                                        in some part of the story...with myself...of course as the dashing
                                                                        hero. Their feeling of importance at being characters in a story
                                                                        waned in the final chapter where in the climactic battle scene
                                                                        they were all slaughtered with only one survivor...who just
                                                                        happened to be ... me ... well I did write the book.

                                                                        In 1986 I qualified as a Primary teacher and returned to work in
                                                                        Wexford. Though working by day I never lost my love of writing
                                                                        and illustrating and rarely a day passed when I didn't put pen to
                                                                        paper in some form or other. I also got involved in the local
                                                                        amateur drama group and the Wexford Light Opera Society.

                                                                        Most of my former pupils will attest to my love of Irish history
                                                                        and in particular the traditional magical Irish legends. For my
                                                                        next book I decided to put a 20th century slant on these millennia
                                                                        old myths and legends. My next move proved to be one of the
                                                                        best moves I have made as a writer when I decided to send my
                                                                        manuscript to a literary agent named Sophie Hicks.

                                                                        She immediately liked the book and Sophie oversaw the
                                                                        publication of Artemis Fowl in hardback in 2001 and in
                                                                        paperback on ‘Fowl Friday’ 8th March 2002. Miramax
                                                                        Films\Tribeca Productions have optioned the rights for the film
For further information, please see                                     version and are currently working on the project which I hope
http://journals.aol.co.uk/kha200/Ireland in Schools                     will be filmed in Ireland.
or contact:
                                                                        Following the success of Artemis Fowl, I was able to resign from
Professor Patrick Buckland, Chairman, ‘Ireland in Schools’
                                                                        teaching and concentrate fully on writing and more Artemis Fowl
19 Woodlands Road, Liverpool, L17 0AJ
Tel: 0151 727 6817; email: kha200@aol.com

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