Went to the launch of first book by Tony Macaulay, Paperboy, at the Ulster Hall, Belfast. Paperboy is a memoir of Macaulay’s experiences as a young paperboy growing up in the Shankill Road in the 1970s.
Good crowd of his friends, family, and colleagues at the launch. In her introductory speech, the Lord Mayor of Belfast, Naomi Long, praised Tony not only for being a good writer, but for his dedicated work over several decades for peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland:
Tony read the introduction of his book, emphasising his appreciation to his family, editor, publisher, and all those who kept youths off the streets during the Troubles: “they saved lives”:
I enjoyed catching up with some professional colleagues, and meeting a few new ones. Tony clearly enjoyed signing purchased books, with each opportunity for a friendly chat. Trevor Ringland dropped in to show his appreciation; we even let him cut in front of us, as surely he was taking a quick break from election canvassing…
I’ve begun reading Paperboy, which is already an enjoyable read. Book review to follow.