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 Féile 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.
‘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 many of Northern Ireland’s leading radio stations including 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.