Holly Williams

Holly Williams is an arts and features writer for The Independent, The Independent Magazine and The Independent on Sunday.

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Vintage tales of a 700-year-old winery: The Frescobaldi vineyards' extraordinary history

Thirty generations of Frescobaldis have supplied Tuscany with wine for seven centuries, their heady red drunk by Michelangelo, Donatello and the Pope. And now they're opening their first restaurant in the UK…
The Infidel: Kev Orkian (centre) and company

The Infidel, Theatre Royal Stratford East: David Baddiel's musical has a heart of gold

This jazz-hands plea for religious tolerance feels timely

Rebecca Night (Yelena), John Hannah (Vanya) and Buffy Davis (Maria) performing in the brand new version of Anton Chekhovís Uncle Vanya

Uncle Vanya, St James Theatre - review: Anya Reiss brings Chekhov bang up to date

John Hannah stars in a satisfying modern interpretation

Love's Labour's Lost. L-R – Edward Bennett (Berowne), Sam Alexander (King of Navarre), William Belchambers (Longaville)

Whatever happened to ‘lost’ work ‘Love’s Labour’s Won’? The Royal Shakespeare Company might have the answer

Inspired by an academic theory, the RSC have renamed "Much Ado About Nothing" and are performing it alongside "Love's Labour's Lost"

Mary Topp has been selling her family's New Forest Cider in Borough Market for the past six years

Real cider: The new generation of British producers

Enough of your passionfruit, kiwi and lime abominations, says Holly Williams. Cider means apples. And there's a bumper harvest this year

Artists to pay respects to the revolutionary Marcel Duchamp in new exhibition

The exhibition, which opens this week, now features more than 50 artists, including Peter Blake, Keith Tyson, Gavin Turk, Michael Craig-Martin, Cornelia Parker and David Shrigley

Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham - book review: Author succeeds in redefining a thorny, pernicious pressure on women

Dunham alludes to tales of misogyny she’d recount, reputations of patronising sleazebags she’d shatter if she were writing this at 80

Lauryn Hill performing at the O2 Brixton Academy last night

Ms Lauryn Hill, Brixton Academy, gig review: Latecomer has lost her groove

No performer wants to retread old hits note-for-note, and audiences should respect new spins; but add the fact that the sound quality is terrible, loud to the point of distortion, and this is a mess

Dalloway, Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh - review

Dyad Productions have found a niche telling stories of real-life and fictional women; they’re had previous Fringe hits with Marilyn Monroe, Lizzy Bennet, and Elizabeth I. In tackling Virginia Woolf’s much-loved Mrs Dalloway, and they take a straight-forward approach: Elton Townend Jones supplely compresses the stream-of-consciousness Modernist novel into a 90-minute one-woman. Rebecca Vaughan gives a heroic performance, playing not only Clarissa Dalloway, but also every other character.

Interview: Graeme Simsion on the success of his first novel and his nerves when writing a sequel

The 58-year-old has had quite the whirlwind success with Don and Rosie, who hit bookshops again this month in the sequel, The Rosie Effect.

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A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
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Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
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How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
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Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
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Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London