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 seven books to date – two novels, two collection of short stories and three works of non-fiction.
Favela (2009), Aiséirí (2011), Gonta (2012), Splancanna ó shaol eile (2013) and An Tearmann (2016) are available from Irish language publishers Cois Life, His latest collection of short stories, Idir dhá thír, will be published in October 2017.
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, is available from Bananafish.