The Australia Council for the Arts mourns the passing of celebrated author Colin Thiele, who created the children’s classic Storm Boy.
Mr Thiele wrote over 80 works ranging across poetry, fiction, history and biography – winning a host of literary awards and being awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia in 1977.
He received Australia Council support to produce several works throughout the 1960s and 1970s.
‘Colin left an indelible mark on Australian literature. His unique storytelling touched generations of Australian children, with the success of Storm Boy representing a coming of age for children’s writing in this country,’ said Imre Salusinszky, chair of the Australia Council’s literature board.
Mr Thiele passed away in a Brisbane hospital aged 85.
Australia Council members and staff extend their sincere and heartfelt condolences to the Thiele family.