The adventurous spirit of Albany grandmothers who often hit the surf together has been captured in a new children's book.
Great Southern author Dianne Wolfer was so inspired seeing the boisterous group enjoying themselves at her local beach each week she decided to base a book on their escapades.
Granny Grommet and Me, illustrated by Fremantle artist Karen Blair, was launched by Wolfer and the real-life surfer grannies at Albany's Middleton beach yesterday to much celebration.
Five years in the making, the colourful tale tells of a young boy who ventures into the surf for the first time with his grandmother and her friends.
"I used to walk my dog Lulu down at Middleton beach . . . and on Friday mornings I'd often see these amazing ladies bobbing through the waves and whizzing into shore, squealing and having a great time," Wolfer said.
"I found out they were the Granny Grommets. I thought they were a fabulous group of ladies and they just enjoy life to the full and I thought it would be really fun to capture that joy of life."
Wolfer said the real-life Granny Grommets were a little shy in the spotlight but were thrilled with the chance to share their adventures in print with their grandchildren. "There's this image of grandmas who knit and sew and stay home but a lot of women who are grannies these days . . . they're doing amazing things," she said.Wolfer will talk about the book, which goes on sale this week, on children's day at the Perth Writers' Festival on Sunday.
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