Viv Albertine: “Yoko Ono opened up my mind, better than drugs. Short sentences. Sort of surreal but also practical and direct. Concepts made playful and palatable. She showed me you can do anything and go anywhere in your head.”

Songwriter and musician Viv Albertine was the guitarist in the hugely influential female punk band The Slits. A confidante of the Sex Pistols and t(...)

Dylan Thomas: the bohemian culture that ate him up retains a stubborn appeal for modern layabouts. Photograph: Picture Post/Hulton

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Lia Williams: ‘I base everything in research, because I love it and it fascinates me.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Lia Williams opens the door of her top-floor city-centre apartment, ushers us in and offers tea. Floor-to-ceiling windows are open. Breezes are waftin(...)