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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Dark lark: Inua Ellam, who started it all

A run on the wild side: Dashing along with London's 'Midnight Runs'

Writer Inua Ellams’ Midnight Runs are a joyous way to get creative in the city

Dark arts: From Sherlock to Shakespeare, this winter belongs to the League of Gentlemen's Mark Gatiss

Doctor Who, Sherlock, an MR James ghost story, Coriolanus, Game of Thrones, a League of Gentlemen reunion… Mr Gatiss is taking over in his inimitably dark way

The 10 Best Christmas presents for arts lovers

From Damien Hirst umbrellas to David Bowie totes, we have a great selection of quirky present for culture vultures

Blockbuster axes 182 jobs as it announces plans to shut down 30 stores

The closures bring the total so far to just over 100 out of its 264 outlets

Cate Le Bon, gig review: 'distinctive yet charming'

Bush Hall, London

Coming soon in theatre: Tom Hiddleston in 'Coriolanus', Iain Glen in 'Fortune's Fool', and the Moomins in 'Moominland Midwinter'

Howards Brenton and Davies are reunited at the Hampstead Theatre, for Drawing the Line (from 3 Dec), tackling the meaty topic of the partition of India in 1947. There’s more political upheaval at London’s Donmar Warehouse – of a Shakespearean variety. Coriolanus, starring Tom Hiddleston, opens 6 Dec. Fortune’s Fool begins the same day, at the Old Vic; Iain Glen stars in Turgenev’s biting comedy, directed by Lucy Bailey.

Album review: The Avett Brothers, Magpie & The Dandelion (Island/American)

Recorded at the same time as last year’s The Carpenter, this record feels like off-cuts. There are too many plodding ballads, sentimental on the piano and heavy on the cymbals (and symbols – they’ll hold your love like “a newborn child” and a “dandelion”, will they?). Jauntier numbers are better, their solid folk-rock given a whiff of the hoedown with banjo and fiddle.

The property's historic bedroom

Stay the Night: Lendal Tower, York

Once part of the city walls, then a water tower, this medieval building now accepts guests. Holly Williams takes a step back

In order to get the food Remy in Ratatouille created looking perfect, Disney brought in top chef Thomas Keller as a consultant

Culinary culture: Food glorious food!

A new ‘theatrical dining experience’ prompts a peckish Holly Williams to devise her ultimate cultural menu

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Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?
Rachael Lander interview: From strung out to playing strings

From strung out to playing strings

Award-winning cellist Rachael Lander’s career was almost destroyed by the alcohol she drank to fight stage fright. Now she’s playing with Elbow and Ellie Goulding
The science of saturated fat: A big fat surprise about nutrition?

A big fat surprise about nutrition?

The science linking saturated fats to heart disease and other health issues has never been sound. Nina Teicholz looks at how governments started advising incorrectly on diets
Emmys 2014 review: Can they genuinely compete with the Oscars

Can they genuinely compete with the Oscars?

The recent Emmy Awards are certainly glamorous, but they can't beat their movie cousins
On the road to nowhere: A Routemaster trip to remember

On the road to nowhere

A Routemaster trip to remember
Hotel India: Mumbai's Taj Mahal Palace leaves its darker days behind

Hotel India

Mumbai's Taj Mahal Palace leaves its darker days behind
10 best pencil cases

Back to school: 10 best pencil cases

Whether it’s their first day at school, uni or a new project, treat the student in your life to some smart stationery
Arsenal vs Besiktas Champions League qualifier: Gunners know battle with Turks is a season-defining fixture

Arsenal know battle with Besiktas is a season-defining fixture

Arsene Wenger admits his below-strength side will have to improve on last week’s show to pass tough test
Pete Jenson: Athletic Bilbao’s locals-only transfer policy shows success does not need to be bought

Pete Jenson: A Different League

Athletic Bilbao’s locals-only transfer policy shows success does not need to be bought
This guitar riff has been voted greatest of all time

The Greatest Guitar Riff of all time

Whole Lotta Votes from Radio 2 listeners
Britain’s superstar ballerina

Britain’s superstar ballerina

Alicia Markova danced... every night of the week and twice on Saturdays
Berlin's Furrie invasion

Berlin's Furrie invasion

2000 fans attended Eurofeurence
‘It was a tidal wave of terror’

‘It was a tidal wave of terror’

Driven to the edge by postpartum psychosis