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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Meet the micronation builders: Self-appointed leaders have created independent territories, complete with flags, anthems and crowns

It takes more than a strip of land, a made-up currency and a gaudy flag to found your own micronation… doesn't it? The photographer Léo Delafontaine goes in search of frontiers new
Tamsin Greig (cetnre) leads cast of the West End adaptation of Pedro Almodóvar’s 'Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown'

Bringing Almodovar's ‘Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown’ to the West End

After faltering on Broadway, can a reworked musical version of Pedro Almodovar’s melodramatic, comedic farce be a hit in London?

Lissa Evans, author of Crooked Heart

Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans, book review: A crisp approach creates genuine pathos

A wartime tale of an unlikely duo benefits from Evans' delightful tone

Christmas 2014: 10 best culture and arts gifts

The best gifts for musical maestros, literary geniuses and theatre buffs

Rooms are compact, but never cramped

The Ludlow, New York: Room Service

A hip addition to Manhattan's hottest hood

Janek Schaefer: Composer and sound artist, 44, winner in 2008

How do award-winning artists spend their prize money?

As one of Britain's biggest arts prizes is handed out for a 20th year, Holly Williams hears how five previous recipients have used their £50,000 windfall – from giving up the day job to, um, buying a mobile disco
Molly Davies playwright... God Bless the Child

How micro-management in school classrooms became the inspiration for a new play

God Bless the Child shows how many classroom schemes to teach children are just another control method that fails to respond to the realities of a classroom

Postcard from the papers of Richard von Krafft-Ebing, late 19th century (Wellcome Images/Wellcome Library, London)

Oh you sexy things! The inside scoop on this Autumn's spiciest exhibition

From galloping phalluses to postcard kink, a new exhibition looks at the study of sex over the last 150 years

Grand Guignol

Grand Guignol, Southwark Playhouse, review: backstage at the gory theatre of horror

An pastiche that is neither chillingly grisly nor camply comic enough

Paul Kaye & Bertie Carvel: "We'd listen to a record over and over again like kids, squatting on the floor in our pants, eating meatballs"

The two actors met while working on Midsomer Murders and will appear together in the BBC's 'Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell' in 2015
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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links