Cuddy is an experimental retelling of the story of the hermit St. Cuthbert, unofficial patron saint of the North of England. Incorporating poetry, prose, play, diary and real historical accounts, Cuddy straddles historical eras – from the first Christian-slaying Viking invaders of the holy island of Lindisfarne in the eigth century to a contemporary England defined by class and austerity. Along the way we meet brewers and masons, archers and academics, monks and labourers, their visionary voices and stories echoing through their ancestors and down the ages. And all the while at the centre sits Durham Cathedral and the lives of those who live and work around this place of pilgrimage – their dreams, desires, connections and communities.
About Benjamin Myers
Benjamin Myers is an award-winning author and journalist whose work has been translated into many languages.
His novels include the best-seller The Offing (2019), which was serialised on BBC Radio 4’s Book at Bedtime, was a Times Book of the Year, an i Book of the Year, a Reading Agency Book of the Year, a BBC Radio 2 Book Club pick and an Observer pick for 2019. The Gallows Pole (2017) won the Walter Scott Prize 2018, the world’s largest prize for historical fiction. Other novels include These Darkening Days (2017); Turning Blue (2016) and Beastings (2014), winner of the Portico Prize For Literature and a Northern Writers’ Award. Pig Iron (2012) won the Gordon Burn Prize and Richard (2010) was a bestseller, chosen by the Sunday Times as one of its books of the year. He also recently published a debut collection of short stories, Male Tears (2021).
He also published the non-fiction work Under The Rock (2018), which was shortlisted for the Portico Prize For Literature, and a number of short collections of poetry, including Heathcliff Adrift (2014). He previously worked as a journalist, and published a several music biographies.
His writing has appeared in publications including The Guardian, Mojo, New Statesman, New Scientist, The Spectator, The Big Issue, Le Monde, Caught By The River and others.
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