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Alex Hijmans

Alex Hijmans was born in Heemskert in Holland In 1975. He moved to Galway In 1995 and began a career in journalism in Ireland. Alex worked for Foinse, Raidió na Gaeltachta, RTÉ and Nuacht TG4 for ten years. He has translated a novel for teenagers, Maistín (2001), from Dutch to Irish and his play Aingilín was performed in Dublin and Galway in 2002. Short stories by Alex have been published in the magazines Comhar, Crannóg agus Dúillí Éireann.

In 2007 Alex headed for South America, where he spent six months living in a poor suburb - or favela - on the outskirts of Salvador, the third largest city in Brazil. This provided the material for his novel Favela (2009) which was shortlisted for Gradam Uí Shúilleabháin 2010 (Irish Language Book of the Year Award). He has published two other novels, Aiséirí (2011) and Tearmann (2016).

Rebekka Vogelzang, a young Dutchwoman, is fighting to save the Irish language, which she has learnt on the job in an Irish-speaking café in Galway. She puts her heart and soul into every scone she bakes and every cup of espresso she makes because she knows the very salvation of the language depends upon it. But who will save Rebekka? A novel about idealism, loyalty, love and ... coffee.

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A young language activist from Co. Clare, Eoin Ó Síocháin, travels to Brazil to learn more about a violent conflict between a native tribe and landowners. As he comes to learn more about the local people he comes to an understanding that the story is not as straightforward as it first appeared to him - but by the time he realises this, it is too late. Despite his misgivings, Eoin finds himself in the eye of the storm as the conflict comes to a head.

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