About Tony

Tony Macaulay is a Northern Ireland writer, management consultant and peace builder. He was raised at the top of the Shankill Road in West Belfast at the start of thirty-five years of “The Troubles” in Northern Ireland, an experience that has shaped his life. He has spent the past 30 years working to build peace and reconciliation at home and abroad, working with hundreds of youth and community groups to break down barriers of mistrust, hatred and division. He has applied his experience and learning into leadership development and management of change and transition in many voluntary, public and private sector organisations.

Drawing on his experiences growing up in Northern Ireland, Tony has channeled his memories and observations into literature as another way of building conversations between the region’s disparate communities. His debut, the critically acclaimed memoir ‘Paperboy’ (first published in Ireland in 2010) is a story that balances Northern Ireland’s turbulent social history with entertaining insights, wit and humour. It tells the warm, funny and nostalgic story of his years in Belfast in the 1970s working as a paperboy delivering the Belfast Telegraph (Northern Ireland’s leading daily newspaper) around his neighborhood. His commitment to peace and reconciliation was formed a very early stage of his life and is consistently reflected through his writing.

‘Paperboy’ was very warmly received by critics and the public alike, and Macaulay has performed book readings at a range of respected literary festivals including: Aspects Literature Festival, Edinburgh Book Fringe, Belfast Book Festival, Dublin Book Festival and “Scribes at the West” at FΓ©ile an Phobail. He has also been a guest literary speaker at the Celtic Cultural Alliance, IrishFest Milwaukee, Lehigh University and DeSales University in Pennsylvania, University of Denver, Colorado and Goshen College Indiana. In 2012 the W.B. Yeats Society of New York invited Tony to present a reading of Paperboy in the National Arts Club as part of the 1st Irish Festival.

Tony Macaulay reading Paperboy‘Paperboy’ was picked up by the publishing giant HarperCollins and has now been published in the UK and Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA.

The sequel, ‘Breadboy’, was published in 2013 and has generated similarly high levels of critical acclaim and praise in Northern Ireland, the UK, Ireland and further afield.

Tony’s latest book ‘All Growed Up’ was published in September 2014 and was acclaimed as Book of the Week by The Irish News.

In 2013 and 2014 he performed a series of readings from his books at the New York Irish Center as part of the 1st Irish Festival.

As a prominent writer, journalist and broadcaster, Tony has contributed to NVTV, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 2, Downtown Radio and BBC Radio Ulster.

In 2014 Tony was asked to present the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards to young people from Northern Ireland on behalf of the Earl of Wessex.



33 thoughts on “About Tony

  1. Have just finished all 3 books. I was brought up in West Belfast until the age of 11. My parents’ first house was in Lyndhurst. I could picture vividly the places you described. So much of what you write resounds in me.

  2. Just finished all 3 books (after waiting patiently for them to be passed round the family!!!!)…absolutely brilliant…please let there be more Tony x

  3. I just finished reading “Paper Boy”. It was great and reminded me of when I toured Belfast back in 1970 as a
    Television News Reporter for a Hamilton Ontario (Canada) Television Station. As you well know the troubles were in hi gear at that time. I remember the Mountainview Pub being blown up[by a bomb while I was there. I married a Belfast girl and we were back and forth between Canada and Belfast many times from 1971 to 2002. My wife is currently reading “The Breadboy”. Looking forward to your new book.

    Bob Ireland

    • Thanks Bob. I remember that pub bombing very well. My parents knew some of the victims. It was a scary time for children like me. Thankfully Belfast is a very different place now. Thanks for getting in touch and I hope you enjoy Breadboy and All Growed Up.

  4. I grew up on the Shankill , born in brookmount st,. I now live in Canada and have enjoyed all three of Tony’s books. I’m delighted to hear there’s going to be another in the pipeline.

  5. Hi Tony my name is Sharon McGleave. You probably don’t remember me but we met some years ago when I was giving a course in the Shankill women’s centre. I was in the process of writing a book at the time and you gave me great encouragement. I have now published it as an ebook and wondered if we could meet again. I have mentioned you in the book and wanted to invite you to the official launch in An Culturlaan on the 17th April but Blackstaff wouldn’t give me your email address. Please feel free to contact me at my email address. My book is called ‘All by Myself’ and I write under the pen name of Susan Sands. Have read ‘Papter Boy’ and loved it.


  6. I recently rushed into my local library five minutes before it shut, with very little time to chose I grabbed Paperboy off the shelf not really knowing what it was all about. It is one of the best books I have ever read, I don’t think I have ever laughed out loud so much.

  7. I have just finished reading your latest book -‘All Growed Up’, which my Mother, Grace Foster, bought and you signed, at Burnside Church, Portstewart. I knew so many of the places you wrote about and it brought back lots of memories. We left Bellaghy to come and live in rural France in 2006 and it was a really ‘special read’ for me.

  8. Tony, enjoyed all three books very much here in Brisbane, Australia…..(originally from Lisburn). Have also bought them for my mum……..still in Lisburn. Great to hear there is a fourth on the way.
    Best wishes

  9. Was given ‘All growed up’ by my sister as a birthday present last week. I joined BRA as a 1st year in 1981/2 and remember going to see West Side Story……I’ve only read the first 3 chapters but it brought back many memories of Belfast…..I left for University in England in 1988, I was one of them, and now work in Cambridge so the memories are greatly appreciated. Will now be seeking out the other 2 books. Thanks.

  10. I’ve just finished reading your latest book and absolutely loved all three of them. I grew up near you in the same era and experienced many of the things you did, notably visiting Corrymeela, a primary school trip to Chigwell and especially being a bread boy (albeit for Ormo’s great rivals the Co-Op!!). Your books brought back many happy memories and I look forward to reading your fourth one in due course. I’m sure it will be “stickin’ out”!!

  11. Heard you today at the WI council meeting. Can’t wait to get all the books – I must say I could see your wife’s face at times during your reading and it was a picture too!

  12. Tony – I loved Paperboy! I laughed out loud through much of it and the words resonated so much. I was 10 in 1975 and grew up in Strabane/Derry and went to school in Coleraine. However when I left for university in 1983 I never returned as I found the past had been too painful. More recently I have been doing some work at the Peace Centre in Warrington which has helped me look at my past differently. You book brought in some fantastic laughter which has also been very healing. Thank you!

    • Thanks Amber. I’m delighted to hear you enjoyed Paperboy and especially to hear that it brought some healing. Keep up the good work at the Peace Centre in Warrington. I really appreciate you getting in touch.

  13. Hi Tony
    Have read all 3 books ,brought me back to my past, I grew up in sandy row Belfast at exactly the same time as you and was a paperboy selling the telegraph at the back of the city hall .
    It brought back very happy memories of how it was .Your detail and description of how people and families lived was spot on.
    Thanks for the memories

      • Hi tony
        I am sorry to say I came across this by accident as I have been living in england for forty years but your name reminded me of a boy I lived next door to. His brother played with “them” in the sixties. All of the family were musical and I always wondered if they were successful. I have read your emails and realise it could not be you as I was born in ross st, different part of the city to you. I will look out for your books .

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