Matilda Battersby

Matilda Battersby is Online Arts Editor for www.independent.co.uk. She writes arts breaking news, features, music and theatre reviews and lifestyle pieces.

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Tracey Emin's Brit Award statue front and back

Brit Awards meet Brit Art yet again as Tracey Emin's design of Brittania statuette unveiled

Last year's gong was designed by Emin's fellow YBA Damien Hirst

Frank Dillane as Tom Riddle in Harry Potter

The Walking Dead spin-off: Harry Potter actor Frank Dillane confirmed for AMC show 'Cobalt'

The actor who played a young He Who Must Not Be Named will appear in the as yet unnamed AMC drama

Eight-piece boy band Stereo Kicks have been sent home from the X Factor leaving mentor Louis Walsh without a single act remaining in the competition

X Factor results: Stereo Kicks sent home after sing-off with Lauren Platt

Louis Walsh is left without an act in the competition

JJ Abrams' seventh Star Wars, The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer: Watch the 88-second teaser that finally hit YouTube and iTunes

The first glimpse of Episode VII has arrived on the internet after weeks of anticipation

Daniel Buren's Tube map cover

Art on the Underground: French conceptual artist Daniel Buren makes new Tube map cover

He might once have pasted unauthorised posters all over the Parisian underground, but Buren's work will officially adorn London's

Convicted art fraudster John Myatt

The talented John Myatt: Forger behind the 'biggest art fraud of 20th century' on his criminal past - and how he went straight

After a spell in Brixton prison John Myatt was commissioned to paint legitimate portraits...by the police officer who hunted him down and the barristers who got him banged up

Ed Sheeran performing at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam

Ed Sheeran tickets on sale at 9am today

Fresh from topping the UK charts with his second album X Ed Sheeran announced this week that he’ll be playing two headline gigs at Wembley Stadium next summer.

Jodi Picoult has spoken out against sexism in publishing

Jodi Picoult slams sexist 'pink fluffy cover' publishing industry

The My Sister's Keep author says women's fiction means only that the author has a vagina

Star Wars 7 trailer released today after Lucasfilm U-turn

The first glimpse of Episode VII had been reserved for US-based cinema-goers but fans protested

Roisin, James and Sanjay in the boardroom

The Apprentice 2014 who was fired: 'Immature' James Hill axed as Lord Sugar issues loud warning

This week's failing project manager had to go - despite another contestant only selling three pairs of wellies during the task

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there