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  Writers chat at kids' book show
Updated 14 August 2004, 17.59
Eoin Colfer at the book festival
By Lizo Mzimba
Newsround in Edinburgh
The 21st Edinburgh Children's Book Festival began on Saturday in Scotland.

Over the next two weeks it will be feature some of the biggest names in children's literature.

It was kicked off by Artemis Fowl author Eoin Colfer, who was there to talk about his latest book, which is called The Supernaturalist.

He said: "Edinburgh has to be one of the best festivals in the world, and I've been to most major festivals. The atmosphere is fantastic."

He also spoke about what was next in the world of his best selling creation Artemis Fowl.

"I've just finished the next Artemis book, and I think it's the best one," he said.

"It's called The Opal Deception, and in this book a character from a previous book who's been in a coma escapes.

"She then goes about trying to frame all the people who put her in custody in the first place, including Artemis, who now has no memory of the fairy people, so he has no idea what's going on."

Darren Shan
Darren Shan will be appearing too
Artemis - the movie!

He also revealed that the writer who penned Pirates of the Caribbean is now writing the script for an Artemis Fowl movie.

J K Rowling will be appearing on Sunday to read from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, as well as answer fans questions.

And there'll also be talks and readings over the next 15 days from Jacqueline Wilson, Michael Morpurgo, Darren Shan and David Almond.

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