Matilda Battersby

Matilda Battersby is Digital Arts Editor for The Independent. She writes arts breaking news, features, music and theatre reviews and lifestyle pieces.

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Rowling: The fears that my parents had had for me, and that I had had for myself, had both come to pass

Extract from JK Rowling's new book Very Good Lives

Rowling's 2008 Harvard commencement speech has been turned into a book

Jeremy Clarkson says it 'isn't hard' to create another Top Gear

Tongue-in-cheek remarks by the former BBC presenter were made in Top Gear magazine

Top Gear: Alan Yentob refuses to rule out Jeremy Clarkson return to BBC

Yentob said Clarkson would continue to be employed by the BBC until his contract expires at the end of the month

Jeremy Clarkson sacked: Channel 4 and other major broadcasters rule out hiring him

He will have to look for work further afield than the main terrestrial channels

Albus Dumbledore, the headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, played by Richard Harris

JK Rowling defends Dumbledore on Twitter: Seven things you might not know about the Hogwarts headmaster

A look beyond the half-moon glasses at the Harry Potter franchise's most enigmatic character

Clark Gable, 1932-33, Tirage argentique

Airbrushed Clark Gable image among early hand re-touched photographs going on show

Before the dawn of Photoshop it wasn't as easy to keep Hollywood looking perfect

Bonnie Tyler's Total Eclipse of the Heart is trending

Solar eclipse: Bonnie Tyler's 'Total Eclipse of the Heart' is back in our lives as Spotify streams more than triple

Dancing ninjas, weirdly oversexed schoolboys and feathered hair to make Farrah Fawcett jealous - what's not to love about this unusual video?

Rob Brydon and Sheridan Smith will star in The Huntsman as dwarves

Sheridan Smith and Rob Brydon to play dwarves in Snow White and the Huntsman prequel

Brydon, who also appears in the live action Cinderella, joked he was "too tall" for the role

Breastfeeding: Mothers are repeatedly told breast is best - but what about the lack of support when babies have tongue-tie?

Lack of diagnosis and medical support can cause intense worry for parents during those crucial early weeks of breastfeeding as they are left thinking "Why is my child not getting what they need?"

So breastfeeding improves your child's IQ? Try telling that to the women who physically can't

While useful, many studies carry an implicit criticism of anyone who fails to succeed in breastfeeding

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Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine
Letterman's final Late Show: Laughter, but no tears, as David takes his bow after 33 years

Laughter, but no tears, as Letterman takes his bow after 33 years

Veteran talkshow host steps down to plaudits from four presidents
Ivor Novello Awards 2015: Hozier wins with anti-Catholic song 'Take Me To Church' as John Whittingdale leads praise for Black Sabbath

Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

Singer joins Ed Sheeran and Clean Bandit in celebration of the best in British and Irish music
Tequila gold rush: The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product

Join the tequila gold rush

The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product
12 best statement wallpapers

12 best statement wallpapers

Make an impact and transform a room with a conversation-starting pattern
Paul Scholes column: Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?

Paul Scholes column

Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?