Holly Williams

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

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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

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

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Fifa corruption: The 161-page dossier that exposes the organisation's dark heart

The 161-page dossier that exposes Fifa's dark heart

How did a group of corrupt officials turn football’s governing body into what was, in essence, a criminal enterprise? Chris Green and David Connett reveal all
Mediterranean migrant crisis: 'If Europe thinks bombing boats will stop smuggling, it will not. We will defend ourselves,' says Tripoli PM

Exclusive interview with Tripoli PM Khalifa al-Ghweil

'If Europe thinks bombing boats will stop smuggling, it will not. We will defend ourselves'
Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles: How the author foretold the Californian water crisis

Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles

How the author foretold the Californian water crisis
Chinese artist who posted funny image of President Xi Jinping facing five years in prison as authorities crackdown on dissent in the arts

Art attack

Chinese artist who posted funny image of President Xi Jinping facing five years in prison
Marc Jacobs is putting Cher in the limelight as the face of his latest campaign

Cher is the new face of Marc Jacobs

Alexander Fury explains why designers are turning to august stars to front their lines
Parents of six-year-old who beat leukaemia plan to climb Ben Nevis for cancer charity

'I'm climbing Ben Nevis for my daughter'

Karen Attwood's young daughter Yasmin beat cancer. Now her family is about to take on a new challenge - scaling Ben Nevis to help other children
10 best wedding gift ideas

It's that time of year again... 10 best wedding gift ideas

Forget that fancy toaster, we've gone off-list to find memorable gifts that will last a lifetime
Paul Scholes column: With the Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards

Paul Scholes column

With the Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards
Heysel disaster 30th anniversary: Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget fateful day in Belgium

Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget Heysel

Thirty years ago, 39 fans waiting to watch a European Cup final died as a result of a fatal cocktail of circumstances. Ian Herbert looks at how a club dealt with this tragedy
Amir Khan vs Chris Algieri: Khan’s audition for Floyd Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation, says Frank Warren

Khan’s audition for Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation

The Bolton fighter could be damned if he dazzles and damned if he doesn’t against Algieri, the man last seen being decked six times by Pacquiao, says Frank Warren
Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

Fifa corruption arrests

All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

How Stephen Mangan got his range

Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor