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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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

The raunch, the rollerskates, the rampaging bears… Patrick Lejeune reveals why he became obsessed with disco album sleeves

Dutch disco aficionados "Disco Patrick" Lejeune and Patrick Vogtm have collected more than 7,000 disco records

(Press image from Ember, Susie)

La Roux interview: New album is 'not a comeback, I didn't go anywhere'

La Roux talks troubles, turn-arounds and touring, with Holly Williams

William Doyle, better known by his stage name East India Youth, is an electronic musician from Bournemouth. His first album, Total Strife Forever, was released by Stolen Recordings on 13 January 2014. It was nominated for the 2014 Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize Album of the Year award.

East India Youth interview: the Mercury Prize's dark horse

The electronica whizkid may seem unassuming, but he has big pop ambitions

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

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Revealed: Why Mohammed Emwazi chose the 'safe option' of fighting for Isis, rather than following his friends to al-Shabaab in Somalia

Why Mohammed Emwazi chose Isis

His friends were betrayed and killed by al-Shabaab
'The solution can never be to impassively watch on while desperate people drown'
An open letter to David Cameron: Building fortress Europe has had deadly results

Open letter to David Cameron

Building the walls of fortress Europe has had deadly results
Tory candidates' tweets not as 'spontaneous' as they seem - you don't say!

You don't say!

Tory candidates' election tweets not as 'spontaneous' as they appear
Mubi: Netflix for people who want to stop just watching trash

So what is Mubi?

Netflix for people who want to stop just watching trash all the time
The impossible job: how to follow Kevin Spacey?

The hardest job in theatre?

How to follow Kevin Spacey
Armenian genocide: To continue to deny the truth of this mass human cruelty is close to a criminal lie

Armenian genocide and the 'good Turks'

To continue to deny the truth of this mass human cruelty is close to a criminal lie
Lou Reed: The truth about the singer's upbringing beyond the biographers' and memoirists' myths

'Lou needed care, but what he got was ECT'

The truth about the singer's upbringing beyond
Migrant boat disaster: This human tragedy has been brewing for four years and EU states can't say they were not warned

This human tragedy has been brewing for years

EU states can't say they were not warned
Women's sportswear: From tackling a marathon to a jog in the park, the right kit can help

Women's sportswear

From tackling a marathon to a jog in the park, the right kit can help
Hillary Clinton's outfits will be as important as her policies in her presidential bid

Clinton's clothes

Like it or not, her outfits will be as important as her policies
NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders