By Louise Wylie

Florence Welch is shy, she says. It might not seem like it with the ferocious singing and even bolder dancing, but, she explains, it’s the talking that’s hard.

It’s understandable when you’re playing for a packed venue of 13,000 people, but it doesn’t feel that large from the other side of the stage. Even from the gods at the Hydro in Glasgow, a Florence and the Machine gig never feels remote. Instead it feels uniquely human.

Photo Above: Book Signing at Event © Philip Wegmann

By Ian McNally and Philip Wegmann

An Edinburgh church was transformed into a football sanctuary yesterday, as it played host to the launch of a new book about the Homeless World Cup.

“Home Game” by Mel Young and Peter Barr was unveiled in Augustine United Church on George IV Bridge and featured a Q&A with the authors followed by a book sale and signing session.

By Lindsay Thomson

Photo Above: Legally Blonde Musical Act © Festival and King’s Theatres Edinburgh

Legally Blonde the Musical kicked off its Edinburgh run on Monday night at the Festival Theatre.

The stage musical adaptation of the 2001 Reese Witherspoon comedy follows the fortunes of the idealistic Elle Woods (Lucie Jones) as she seeks to earn a law degree and the heart of her beloved Warner Huntington III (Liam Doyle).

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The Saltire Society will announce the winners for its Literary Awards at a special ceremony tomorrow, coinciding with St Andrew’s Day.

39 books, writers, and publishers have been shortlisted by the literary society, which aims to celebrate and promote Scottish writing.

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John Lasseter, head of animation at Pixar and Disney, will be taking a sabbatical following a wealth of allegations building around him.

The allegations, inclusive of Mr Lasseter giving out unwanted hugs and invading personal space, have led to his deliverance of a statement apologising for his actions.

Photo Above: Edinburgh Christmas Market © Silja Froehlich

By Silja Froelich

Edinburgh these days feels like strolling through Santa Claus’ winter wonderland. Blinking trees, gift ribbon decorated houses and sparkling light chains illuminate the town. Once again, Edinburgh’s Christmas market opens its doors, adding extra glow to Scotland’s capital.