Colin Thiele, author of the much-loved children's classic 'Storm Boy', has enjoyed a long and varied life that has encompassed much more than the writing for which he is renowned. Born into South Australia's German immigrant community in 1920, Colin grew up surrounded not only by the culture of his parents' homeland, but by the natural beauty which was to inspire his writing years later.
After serving in the RAAF during World War II, Colin came home to his beloved South Australia to become a fine teacher and key figure in the development of the state's educational system and teacher-training facilities. His varied life experiences would fuel a writing career that has spanned more than fifty years, one that has seen Colin produce works in various genre - poetry, drama, history, biography, fiction. But it is his children's books, his desire to teach children through story, and his deep sense of environmentalism for which Colin Thiele is best known and loved.