Britain’s got Talent star Jeffrey Drayton releases debut book

PUBLISHED: 16:23 26 September 2018 | UPDATED: 16:23 26 September 2018

Jeff Drayton reached the Britain's got Talent semi finals in 2010 and has just released a book of poems. Photo: TOM DYMOND

Jeff Drayton reached the Britain's got Talent semi finals in 2010 and has just released a book of poems. Photo: TOM DYMOND


A Britain’s Got Talent semi finalist has returned to delight fans with a kooky new book.

In 2010 Jeffrey Drayton charmed audiences with his roller-skating, ventriloquist, slight of hand combination, winning him a spot in the series four live semi-finals.

Back then Alesha Dixon dubbed the Hopton-on-sea comedy magician “the best worst act” the show had ever seen.

Although Simon Cowell remained unconvinced, his semi-final performance – which saw him turn a puppet into a real child – earned him a standing ovation from David Walliams.

Now, eight years after his television debut, Mr Drayton is releasing a book of humorous self-penned poems, inspired by his everyday life.

The tongue in cheek collection – ‘Poems from the Cannon’ – includes an ode to his kettle, the history of toast and verses from the point of view of a light bulb.

He said: “All the poems are unusual. My inspiration comes from looking round and going ‘oh I’ll write about that’. There’s no soppy stuff in there.”

The light-hearted book is far from the thick-spined, white-paged poetry anthologies associated with the genre.

Mr Drayton said he wanted colourful images and flashy fonts to surround his verses and asked fellow magician Steve Kovarez to design the pages.

Prior to its official release on Tuesday, September 18, Mr Drayton and his puppet sidekick Chantel streamed interviews by Mr Kovarez on Facebook to promote the book.

However one person very close to the star is in for a surprise when the book goes on sale.

Mr Drayton said his wife Natalie was completely unaware he had been working on the collection of poems and he had denied the imminent publication when she overheard him chatting to publishers.

He said: “The first book will go to my wife because she hasn’t got a clue I’m doing this. When I went on Britain’s Got Talent, every day from October until the day of the auditions she screamed and shouted at me that I shouldn’t go on.

“I wasn’t going to have the same hassle with this!”

The poet will also be donating copies to friends suffering from ill health in the hope it will bring a little laughter.

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