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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Up to their necks: The singular joys of appearing in Samuel Beckett

No playwright pushes actors to the limit quite like the Irish absurdist

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney

Bank of England keeps rates unchanged at 0.5%

Rates have stayed at the rock bottom level of 0.5 per cent since March 2009

Christmas sales give Co-operative Group a festive boost

The embattled Co-operative Group posted a rise in festive sales across its supermarket arm thanks to a robust performance from its smaller convenience stores.

Ruth Wilson (Mrs Rowland) in Before Breakfast - The El Train

Grey matter: Inside Maria Hatzistefanis' Notting Hill home

Cosmetics queen Maria Hatzistefanis has found the perfect way to relax her mind after a day at work

Girls on top: Playwright Ella Hickson (in orange) with Charlotte Mills, a ‘badass’ Tink, and Fiona Button (seated, far left) an assertive Wendy, backstage

And what about Wendy? Introducing a feminist return to Peter Pan's roots

A new, feminist take on "Peter Pan" puts the girl who would grow up in the spotlight

Rock star: Rooms in The Slate Shed follow a musical theme

B&B and Beyond: The Slate Shed, Wales

A former quarrymen's workshop provides a cosy, characterful base for exploring the Snowdonia scenery. By Holly Williams

Santa's little pickers: How one grocery e-tailer is gearing up for the Yuletide rush

Holly Williams joins the staff at the online grocer Ocado ahead of the last-minute Christmas-food rush at the firm's mammoth warehouse

Flying through the glass ceiling: Saluting Britain's intrepid female aviators

A British woman is currently winging her way from South Africa to the UK in a Thirties-style biplane. But she isn't the first 'aviatrix' to take on such a challenge...

'Delighted' Eurotunnel wins competition appeal to operate Dover ferry services

More than 600 jobs look set to be saved after Channel tunnel operator Eurotunnel won an appeal overturning a competition ruling banning it from operating ferry services from Dover.

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Gangnam smile: why the Chinese are flocking to South Korea to buy a new face

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From Mozart to Orson Welles: Creative geniuses who peaked too soon

Creative geniuses who peaked too soon

After the death of Sandy Wilson, 90, who wrote his only hit musical in his twenties, John Walsh wonders what it's like to peak too soon and go on to live a life more ordinary
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Caught in the crossfire of a cyber Cold War

Fears are mounting that Vladimir Putin has instructed hackers to target banks like JP Morgan
Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years

Salomé: A head for seduction

Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years. Now audiences can meet the Biblical femme fatale in two new stage and screen projects
From Bram Stoker to Stanley Kubrick, the British Library's latest exhibition celebrates all things Gothic

British Library celebrates all things Gothic

Forthcoming exhibition Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination will be the UK's largest ever celebration of Gothic literature
The Hard Rock Café's owners are embroiled in a bitter legal dispute - but is the restaurant chain worth fighting for?

Is the Hard Rock Café worth fighting for?

The restaurant chain's owners are currently embroiled in a bitter legal dispute
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In search of Caribbean soul food

Caribbean cuisine is becoming increasingly popular in the UK ... and there's more to it than jerk chicken at carnival
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Sweep away shiny skin with our pick of the best pressed and loose powder bases
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Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

Lack of Englishmen at leading Premier League clubs leaves manager hamstrung
Angel Di Maria and Cristiano Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

Di Maria and Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

They both inherited the iconic shirt at Old Trafford, but the £59.7m new boy is joining a club in a very different state
Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone