FOLLOWING a short summer break, the popular Rotunda Nights at Scarborough’s unique circular museum start again in October.

Poets, spoken word artists and musicians will perform in the spectacular setting of the Rotunda museum in the fourth of the series.

Rotunda Nights, from 6.30pm to 9pm on Saturday, October 26, will feature poetry and spoken word from Russ Litten and Sue Wilson, and music by The Blow-Ins.

Russ Litten was born in Hull, where he did a bewildering variety of jobs before becoming a freelance writer at the turn of the century. He has written for TV, film, radio and stage. His work incorporates poetry and prose and he is the author of the critically-admired novel Kingdom and of a recent volume of short stories We know what we are. Russ works as a creative writing tutor in prisons, young offender institutions, secondary schools and on Arvon Writing Courses. He has recently teamed up with internationally known musician and producer Steve Cobby to create two immersive spoken word/electronica albums My People Come from the Sea and Boothferry and he will be performing excerpts from these at the Rotunda Nights event.

Sue Wilson is a spoken-word poet whose diverse and powerful work often makes fresh, imaginative use of traditional forms. Though she’s been honing her craft for decades and won writing prizes in Sheffield and Lancaster, she has only recently become a prominent feature of Scarborough’s vibrant poetry scene. Her intriguing life has included spells as a swimming instructor and probation officer and she has performed in poetry trio the Villanelles and in music and spoken word act Gingernut and Tripod.

The Blow-ins are Phil Bennett and Bridget Cousins, an acoustic duo playing folk music traditional and modern and exploring various other avenues and cut-throughs. They play guitar and Celtic harp and sing their clear, clean melodies and harmonies with a freshness and verve to delight jaded ears. They take audiences on an emotional journey into other lives, embracing tragedy, wonder and happy endings.

Simon Hedges, Head of Curation, Collections and Exhibitions at Scarborough Museums Trust, which runs the Rotunda Museum , said: “We’re looking forward to celebrating autumn with some great entertainment in a truly remarkable setting – early booking is highly recommended.”

Tickets for Rotunda Nights cost £5 and include a glass of wine or soft drink. To book call 01723 353665.