Announcement: New Riggwelter Team Members

To cope with the overload of requests for reviews, Riggwelter has brought aboard two new team members to help our editor. Please welcome our two new reviewers, Maryam Hessavi and Deirdre Hines You may recognise Deirdre as we’ve previously published several of her reviews.


Reviewer: Maryam Hessavi


Maryam Hessavi (she/her) is a British, Manchester-based poet of English and Iranian descent. An Alumni of The University of Manchester, her poetry was comissioned for the 2016 Easter Rising Commemoration Concert by The Irish World Heritage Centre, has featured in Peter Barlow’s Cigarette series in Manchester, Smoke Magazine and is forthcoming in Ambit. She is also a Ledbury Critic, with reviews featured in The Manchester ReviewPoetry London, and The Poetry School, along with others forthcoming in PBSPoetry WalesMagma and The Guardian Maryam also holds a position as panel member for Poets and Players which organise and run poetry events and readings in collaboration with the Whitworth Art Gallery.
Reviewer: Deirdre Hines



Deirdre Hines is a poet, playwright and fiction writer. Her first book of poems The Language of Coats ( New Island Books) includes poems which won the Listowel Poetry Collection 2011. Deirdre was shortlisted for the Patrick Kavanagh Award in 2010. New poems have appeared in e-zines and magazines in Ireland, America, and the U.K. Author of many plays, she remains the first woman to have received the Stewart Parker Award for Best New Play for Howling Moons, Silent Sons, produced by Fishamble Theatre Company. Other plays include Ghost Acreage at Vixen Time (Passion Machine Theatre Company), A Moving Destiny (Yew Theatre Company), Gaineamh (Verbal Arts Centre) and Golden Moon (Kilmacrennan National School) to name a few of her favourite. She is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, where she received a Double Honours Degree in English and Theatre Studies. She sits on the organisational committee of North West Words, and is one of the editors of their e-zine. For the past four years, she has been the Judge for the Annual Children’s Writing Competition. She worked as a community worker for eleven years, and is an experienced advocate for social justice.

You can find all of this information under our new Masthead tab up top. We’re very excited that the Riggwelter family is growing and hope our community will make them feel at home.

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