Tacolneston poet, comedian and TV presenter keeps people smiling as he releases book full of his daily lockdown poems
After months and miles of bringing some joy to his social media followers each day, running poet Ben Langley, 46, from Tacolneston, has finally put his efforts into a book.
Mr Langley started posting poems online which he composed, recorded and uploaded while on his daily run, back in March, as a way to brighten up the day of followers who were struggling with lockdown.
The comedy actor and TV presenter, who appeared on Britain’s Got Talent in 2018, thought up and recited 135 poems during the year, with 85 of those making the final cut for his book.
“In March, I vowed to write, video and upload to Facebook a poem every day on my daily run in the hope it would raise a smile or a laugh and brighten the day for anyone who was perhaps finding it all too much.
“It was a Facebook hit and people were commenting that I had made their day and that they were looking forward to seeing what I would write next, so I became responsible for keeping a lot of people’s spirits up and became part of their daily routine.
“After publishing them, I picked up 150 copies to distribute before Christmas.”
Mr Langley cites seeing sadness unfold in the news as inspiring him to do “something fun and consistent”, and turned to close friend Bruce Stratton at CTIS Ltd, who has worked in marketing and publishing for years, to help him get his book published.
“After all my gigs were cancelled until further notice, it was important for me to remain on people’s radar and try to maintain my profile,” he added.
“During my daily run, I came up with the idea to write a little poem to give a comic look at the world, and I’m delighted it’s taken off.”