Since the publication of his first book, 'Paperboy' in 2010 Tony has become a critically acclaimed bestselling author.
Tony's Author Website is here
Tony has been invited to do book readings at a range of festivals including the 1st Irish Festival NYC, Aspects Literature Festival, the Edinburgh Book Fringe, Belfast Book Festival, Dublin Book Festival, Cork Lifelong Learning Festival and 'Scribes at the West' at Féile an Phobail. He has also completed a series of book tours in the USA where he has been a guest literary speaker at the New York Irish Center, the Celtic Cultural Alliance, Lehigh and Desales Universities in Pennsylvania, the University of Denver, Colorado and Goshen College, Indiana. In 2012 the WB Yeats Society of New York invited Tony to present a book reading from 'Paperboy' in the National Arts Club, NYC as part of the 1st Irish Festival. In 2014 Tony was invited to present the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards to young people from Northern Ireland on behalf of the Earl of Wessex at St James's Palace in London.
A review of 'Paperboy' by the Irish Independent Newspaper is here.
"This is a wholly delightful book, shedding a new and kindly light on the Shankill and those who live there" (Irish Independent)
'In a strange way, for all its nostalgia, humour and whimsical charm, Paperboy is a book with deeper significance,' (Ulster Tatler)
'Paperboy is an enchantingly written story of a young boy coming to terms with the world around him; a very readable romp that will appeal to nostalgic and curious readers alike.' (Review in Verbal Magazine)
‘The great thing about Tony Macaulay's delightful memoir is that it gets behind stereotypes and shows life as it was for a youngster growing up on the Shankill in the 1960s and 1970s…’ (Belfast Telegraph)
'A fantastic foray into 1970s Belfast...'Paperboy' delivers a humorous and touching account of life as seen through the eyes of a young boy living within a working class Protestant community.' (Coleraine Chronicle)
Following its success in Ireland, the book was published by HarperCollins in the UK in November 2011 and in Australia, New Zealand, Canada in 2012. The book was published in the USA in September 2013. For more information click here.
Tony's Facebook Author Fan Page is here.
Tony's second book, 'Breadboy', the sequel to 'Paperboy; was published by Blackstaff Press in Spring 2013 and became his second critically acclaimed bestseller.
'The adventures of a Belfast breadboy prove to be an uplifting tale…Breadboy offers something to diverse audiences; excruciating romantic disasters will entertain a younger age group; wry observations of loyalist Elvis worshippers and sectarian grannies will resonate with older readers. As a Lagan-side language lesson, a radio adaptation could be a treat.' (Sunday Times)
'Macaulay has succeeded in shining a powerful light into the lives of ordinary people and how they coped with circumstances of extraordinary brutality' (Belfast Telegraph)
'Tony Macaulay (whose first memoir Paperboy was a great success) has done it again…It is a tale full of courage and optimism, and simple niceness.' (Irish Independent)
'Underneath the laugh out loud humour and nostalgia for a Belfast thankfully long past, if we lean in and read closely, we find a challenging social commentary on class difference as well as the peculiar political problems of our wee bread loving city.' (Steve Stockman)
Tony's third book 'All Growed Up' was published in 2014 by Blackstaff Press.
'This is a lovely, charming story of self discovery, self awareness and throwing up in your girlfriend's mum's beige bidet.' ('All Growed Up' Book of the Week, The Irish News)
'Tony captures the strong family bonds and community that existed in seeming normality, despite the cultural turmoil of the time... Tony dons boots, leg warmers, and a buffed-up New Romantic hairstyle, taking us on a frightening trip through gaudy eighties culture, tackling The University of Ulster’s intellectual elite. His attempts to establish his intellectual and musical identity are side-splittingly funny. Returning to the family nest, he tackles ma on feminism and granny on the philosophical underpinnings of Coronation Street. The book takes on a more serious note as Tony explores his spirituality and his first ventures into love, with the quirky narrative resuming as he sets off on his quest for work. All in all, the book is a funny heart-warming tale of a journey from boyhood to manhood, nostalgically reflecting a time of stronger community and a less secular world.' (Culture Hub Magazine, 2015)
Tony has been given an Individual Artists Programme Award by the Arts Council for Northern Ireland and has also been awarded a residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre.
To book Tony for an author appearance, book reading or book signing contact email@example.com.
Here are some of Tony's most recent scripts for 'Thought for the Day' as broadcast on BBC Radio Ulster:
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No Future Without Forgiveness
God on our side
Bring Back Our Girls
Back to the Future
It's A Wonderful Life
I Wanna Hold Your Hand
Ask for Help
Have a Dream!
140 Characters of Positivity
Once in a Lifetime
Carrying the Olympic Torch
It's Not Fair
Hope and Eurovision
Non Violence Works - duh!
It's Baltic Out There!
Nothing Comical About Bullying
Google is Watching Us!
Recent Killings in Northern Ireland
Have a Dream
Day of Reflection
Here are some of Tony's most recent scripts for 'Pause for Thought' as broadcast on BBC Radio 2:
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Here is a poem Tony wrote in 2009 about peace walls in Belfast.
It's called 'Talking to the Wall'. The poem was published by Broadside Publishing, Goshen College, Indiana in 2014.
Click here for a link to the animated film of the poem by by Laura Piraino