About Holly

I am a freelance journalist specialising in the arts. My work includes writing for the New York Times, The Guardian, the FT, the New Statesman, Tatler, BBC, ELLE, Vice, The Stage, and The Telegraph, and reviewing theatre and books for The Observer, the Times Literary Supplement, Time Out, The Mail on Sunday, What’s on Stage, and The Independent.

As an editor, I am experienced in commissioning, editing and proofing copy, uploading content and laying out pages. In 2018-19, I was acting arts editor for The Independent. I have provided cover for editors at The Observer and Time Out, as well as working shifts at Stylist and The Debrief.

My consulting work includes being an active associate for script-reading service Rough Hewn, offering feedback and dramaturgical support for playwrights.

I have signed to RCW literary agency in advance of my first novel; my agent there is Tristan Kendrick. In 2020, I received funding from Arts Council England to complete the book.

Since 2019, I have been a judge for the Evening Standard Theatre Awards.

I previously worked on staff at The Independent and The Independent on Sunday for six years to 2016, becoming lead staff writer for the Arts & Books section and New Review magazine.

I have appeared on TV and radio programmes as an arts specialist, including Sky News, Radio 4’s Front Row and You and Yours, and NPR, and have written programme notes for many theatres.

In 2015, I received a Special Commendation in the Allen Wright Award for arts journalism at the Edinburgh festivals; I was also shortlisted in 2014 and 2016.

Contact me

  • Get in touch: holly (at) hollywrites.com
  • Follow me on Twitter: @Holly_bops