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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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
Rufus Sewell and Nancy Carroll in Closer at the Donmar Warehouse

Closer, Donmar Warehouse, review: Patrick Marber’s play about love and sex still wounds

Rufus Sewell stars in David Leveaux's revival

Super woman: Indira Varma

Indira Varma: From Game of Thrones to Man and Superman

Indira Varma, who plays the libidinous bisexual bastard daughter of a nobleman in 'Game of Thrones', is now on stage opposite Ralph Fiennes in 'Man and Superman'. Sexy, powerful roles are just her thing, she tells Holly Williams

Playwright Patrick Marber

Come Closer: playwright Patrick Marber on the revival of his shock Nineties play

Patrick Marber’s play about sexual mores shocked in the Nineties, but can a new revival?

Timberlake Wertenbaker: The playwright on making trouble, cheering for a Greek revolution and premature reports of her demise

Wertenbaker has been a resident writer for the Royal Court, and is Professor of Playwriting at UEA

Es Devlin: ‘Everything is achieved by the tone of the play’

Es Devlin interview: Meet Britain's most astonishingly prolific designer

From Miley Cyrus tours to West End plays, Es Devlin has done it all

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Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
Welcome to the world of Megagames

Welcome to the world of Megagames

300 players take part in Watch the Skies! board game in London
'Nymphomaniac' actress reveals what it was really like to star in one of the most explicit films ever

Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living
Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before