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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At Hawthorn Time by Melissa Harrison - book review: Knee-deep in old England

Carefully crafted writing but a wearyingly elegiac mood bogs the novel down

The playwright Caryl Churchill
Electric Prisms (1914)

Sonia Delaunay retrospective: Tate Modern's new show gives the genre-busting artist her due

The exhibition celebrates the entire range of Delaunay’s medium-crossing work

Adeline: A Novel of Virginia Woolf By Norah Vincent

Adeline: A Novel of Virginia Woolf By Norah Vincent - book review: Bloomsbury gossip mill

Vincent sinks her teeth into the juicy encounters and sucks out their dramatic potential

Geoff Travis & Jeannette Lee: 'We run on passion; we don't really try to make money'

The duo met at a friend's birthday party in 1987 where Travis offered Lee a job at his Rough Trade record shop in west London

The Isle of Youth by Laura van den Berg

The Isle of Youth by Laura van den Berg, book review: Running on empty

Van den Berg’s characters are weighed down by secrets, or hollowed out by absences

Search engine: the ‘Hogwart’s Express’ steam train was the most requested addition to the Harry Potter studio tour

The Railway Children stage show and Harry Potter studio celebrate the golden age of steam

The Railway Children is now on its second lengthy run in a specially-built venue behind King's Cross station, while the Harry Potter studio tour opens a new, permanent attraction tomorrow - complete with the red Olton Hall steam engine that was the Hogwarts Express in the movies

William, James and Harry Chase at the distillery

The family behind the Tyrrells crisps brand has found a new use for its potatoes - artisan vodka

Potato farmer William Chase sold his hugely successful crisps brand in 2008 and set up a distillery at his Herefordshire farm
Harry Melling in his solo show peddling

peddling, Arcola, review: Harry Melling's solo show has a feverish intensity

Melling has come a long way from playing Dudley Dursley in Harry Potter

Photographer Iris Della Roca makes the dreams of Rio's most deprived children come true

Movie stars and models, magicians and moneymen… they may be growing up in some of Rio's poorest districts, but nothing can dent these children's aspirations, as the photographer Iris Della Roca discovered
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Where the spooks get their coffee fix: The busiest Starbucks in the US is also the most secretive

The secret CIA Starbucks

The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
Revealed: How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Loch Ness Monster 'sighting'

How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths 2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey, 25 years on

The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
10 best tote bags

Accessorise with a stylish shopper this spring: 10 best tote bags

We find carriers with room for all your essentials (and a bit more)
Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

Paul Scholes column

I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...