FORMER Colchester schoolboy Dermot O'Leary will be returning to town to sign copies of his children's books.

The popular X Factor and BBC Radio 2 presenter, will be at Waterstone's book shop in High Street on Thursday March 28.

Dermot, 45, will sign copies of his Toto The Ninja Cat children's books, aimed at youngsters aged six to nine-years-old.

He has written two Toto books so far with illustrator Nick East.

Places for the book signing will be limited so fans must book a free ticket in advance to guarantee a place in the queue, which will be outside the store.

Each ticket is for a group of up to four people.

Each person with a ticket can get a photo with Dermot with the help of a staff member but no 'selfies' will be allowed due to time restrictions.

Tickets can be booked via the events section of Waterstones' website.

Dermot's book character Toto, who is almost totally blind, and her brother Silver live footloose and fancy free in a town house in London.

Toto has learned to trust her senses having been taught by a ninja cat-master back in Italy where she was born.

Normal cats by day, at night Toto and Silver love to have adventures.

Dermot was born and grew up in Colchester, attending the Sixth Form College for his A-Levels.