Telling Tales: CBC Broadcaster turned kids author and illustrator

Kevin Sylvester still does some radio broadcasting, but spends most of his time writing and illustrating his own kids' books.
Kevin Sylvester is the author of Neil Flambe and the Crusader Curse, among other illustrated children's books. (Supplied)

Kevin Sylvester still sometimes find himself in front of a CBC radio mic. But more often, he's imagining and illustrating a new book.

He chats with 13-year-old Hamilton author Ameer Idreis, whose second book is due out in a few weeks.

"Good for you, man," Sylvester tells our young interviewer.

Idreis asks for tips: where to write, how to find ideas, what advise can you give?

Sylvester spoke on-on-one with Idreis ahead of Telling Tales, an annual festival of children's literature.

Along with Sylvester, an A-list of Canadian children's authors will be in Hamilton Sunday for the fifth annual festival, a day-long celebration of children's literature.

Telling Tales has expanded to become the largest children's literary festival in Canada and it's 100 per cent volunteer run.

CBC Hamilton is featuring four authors ahead of Sunday's events — Sylvester  is the fourth. We've asked a few young readers from Hamilton to take on the role of interviewer, giving them a chance to talk to their favourite authors about books they love.

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Kevin Sylvester is reading at the Jerseyville Railway Station at 12:30 p.m. and the Bandstand at 3 p.m.

Telling Tales runs Sunday, Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Westfield Heritage Village in Rockton.