Colin Thompson was born Colin Willment in London in 1942. He went to boarding school in Yorkshire, grammar school in West London and spent two years at art school in Ealing and Hammersmith.
He has worked as a silk-screen printer, a graphic designer, a stage manager in the theatre and made documentaries for the BBC, but has never worked as a lumberjack in Canada or a sailor on a tramp-steamer in the South Seas.
Colin has lived in many places all over the world, including a year in Majorca, seven years on a tiny island off the north-west coast of Scotland (where he began working in ceramics), twenty years in Cumbria, and has lived in Australia since 1995.
In 1990, Colin started writing and illustrating children's books and has had over 60 books published. He has three daughters and five grand-children, and currently lives in Bellingen with his wife, Anne. [Source]
Author's Comment: I have always believed in the magic of childhood and think that if you get your life right that magic should never end. I feel that if a children's book cannot be enjoyed properly by adults there is something wrong with either the book or the adult reading it. This of course, is just a smart way of saying I don't want to grow up.
My favourite fruit is cherries and my favourite music is Rock and Roll and old Blues records and I am now an Australian citizen. I am left-handed and colour-blind. [Source]
Nationality: British / Australian