After six decades in the spotlight, former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney is still touring, performing 3-hour sets for sell-out crowds in stadiums and arenas around the world. He’s also writing songs for his first stage musical – an adaptation of the Christmas classic ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’, and he’s just authored a new children’s book called ‘Hey Grandude!’
Paul has eight grandchildren. They used to call him ‘Grandad’, but one day, one of then called him ‘Grandude’, and it kind of stuck. Then the others started calling him ‘Grandude’. Paul liked the sound of it so much he started making up stories about a character called Grandude, whom he pictured as a kind of retired hippie having adventures with his grandchildren.
Paul McCartney worked with the Canadian illustrator Kathryn Durst to create a picture book that he hopes young and old will enjoy reading together. He’s also narrated an audio version of the book complete with an instrumental soundtrack.
Kathryn Durst, by the way, grew up in Peterborough. She’s a graduate of Sheridan College in Oakville. According to her bio page, when she’s not illustrating books, she can be found playing the accordion, growing vegetables, folk dancing, or putting on shadow puppet shows. She lives in Toronto, with her grumpy mini dachshund named Chili Dog. Here’s a link to her website: www.kathryndurst.com/