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Alex Hijmans

Alex Hijmans was born in Holland. He moved to Ireland when he was twenty years of age, at which point he began learning Irish. He spent twelve years in Galway, working in various Irish media, before moving to Brazil, where he now works as an international correspondent.

Cois Life have published five of his books, many of which deal with aspects of life in Brazil: Favela (non-fiction, 2009), Aiséirí (a novel set in Galway city, 2011), Gonta (a collection of short stories, 2012), Splancanna ó shaol eile (non-fiction, 2013) and An tearmann (a novel, 2016). Favela and Gonta both won Oireachtas prizes. A new collection of short stories Idir dhá thír, has been commissioned and is due to be published by Cois Life in 2017.

Alex regularly writes about his life in Brazil and about literary matters on Twitter (@alexhijmans) and on his own website here.

Updated June 2017


An tearmann (Cois Life, 2016)
Aiséirí (Cois Life, 2011)

Short Stories

Idir dhá thír (Cois Life, coming out in 2017)
Gonta (Cois Life, 2012)


Splancanna ó shaol eile (Cois Life, 2013)

Favela (Cois Life, 2009)


Maistín (Cló Iar-Chonnachta, 2001)

Alex Hijmans at Cois Life

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