Alex Hijmans is a Dutch-born, Irish-grown writer based in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.
Always one for taking the scenic route, he has delivered newspapers, has written for newspapers, ran a coffee house and has worked as a video journalist and as an international correspondent while establishing himself as a fulltime author.
He has published five books (a novel, a collection of short stories and three works of non-fiction.)
Favela (2009), Aiséirí (2011), Gonta (2012) and Splancanna ó shaol eile (2013) are available from Irish language publishers Cois Life, His latest novel, An Tearmann, was published in September 2016.
Both Favela and Gonta won the prestigious Oireachtas award for ‘Best Irish language prose’ in 2009 (shared award) and 2012 respectively.
Favela, Aiséirí and Gonta have featured on ‘required reading’ lists at two major Irish universities.
Aiséirí features on Contemporary Irish Writing’s ‘50 Irish Books‘ list.
Alex’ short stories have appeared in Wasafiri and Crannóg Magazine (in English), in Comhar and Irish Pages (in Irish) and in Passionate and KortVerhaal (in Dutch.)
Alex’ translation into Dutch of Máirtín Ó Cadhain’s Irish language masterpiece, Cré na Cille, will be available from Bananafish soon.