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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Channel 4's new 'Big Ballet': Defying ballet’s body politics

Holly Williams reports on a new Channel 4 show giving a leg-up to plus-sized dancers

Travel special 2014: Escape the bustle of London on a rail journey to Pen-y-Bont

The journey home – 'home' still being the word I instinctively use for the house I grew up in, atop of wild Welsh hillside, even if today it's where I go to escape everyday life – begins with bustle. The battle on the Tube with a case, the dash around Euston juggling handbag-paper-coffee-lunch. It's wise to stock up: the journey to Pen-y-Bont takes over four hours, via Crewe and Shrewsbury. It's very much not the route a crow would fly...

Clean Bandit: Dance music with strings attached

Call it what you will – conservatoire garage? Baroque house? The classical dance sound of Clean Bandit is going to fire up 2014

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

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