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Cuddy at Durham Book Festival



Durham Book Festival in partnership with Live Theatre present a world-exclusive dramatic live reading from Benjamin Myers’ acclaimed novel, Cuddy, performed by the award-winning stage and screen actor Toby Jones alongside actress and writer Samantha Neale (Sunday 15 October, Gala Durham).


Toby Jones is well known for his roles in popular film series The Hunger Games, Captain America and Harry Potter, and television series including The Detectorists and Sherlock. In 2020, he was nominated for an Olivier Award for his role in Uncle Vanya at The Harold Pinter Theatre.


Cuddy (Bloomsbury, 2023) is the boldly experimental new novel from Benjamin Myers, the Durham-born author of The Gallows Pole, The Perfect Golden Circle, and The Offing. Cuddy is on the shortlist for the Goldsmiths Prize 2023.


The novel evokes the spirit of St Cuthbert and traces the stories of ordinary people connected over 1,500 years to Cuthbert’s final resting place in Durham Cathedral.


For one performance only, Toby Jones will bring to life the voice of Cuthbert, the unofficial patron saint of the North of England. This Durham Book Festival commission is directed by Jack McNamara in partnership with Live Theatre, with music from the Shining Levels.


This event will be followed by a book signing with author Benjamin Myers.


Cuddy: A Dramatic Live Reading takes place at Gala Durham on Sunday 15 October, 5-6pm. This event will be livestreamed and will be available to watch back until 31 October. Tickets £12 standard, £10 concessions, £5 livestream. Book online here or call Gala Durham on 03000 266 600.


Find the full Durham Book Festival programme here



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