Tony Macaulay and Juvens Nsabimana
Dr. Tony Macaulay is an author, peacebuilder and broadcaster from Belfast, Northern Ireland. (www.tonymacaulayauthor.com) He has spent the past 35 years working to build peace and reconciliation at home and abroad. His memoirs of growing up in Belfast during the Troubles, Paperboy (HarperCollins 2011), Breadboy (Blackstaff Press, 2013) and All Growed Up (Blackstaff Press, 2014), have been critically acclaimed bestsellers in Ireland. His autobiography Little House on the Peace Line (Blackstaff Press, 2017, 2nd Edition so it is, 2022) tells the story of how he lived and worked on the peace line in Belfast in the 1980s. His debut novel Belfast Gate (so it is, 2019) was book of the week in the Irish News.
Paperboy was adapted into a hit musical by Andrew Doyle & Duke Special at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast in 2018 and 2019. In the summer of 2022 the same team produced a musical adaptation of the sequel, Breadboy, once again to sell out audiences in the Lyric Theatre in Belfast.
Tony has been a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio for the past 25 years and is a regular speaker on Northern Ireland, peacebuilding and creative writing at universities and colleges in Europe and the USA. In 2019 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Ulster University for services to literature and peacebuilding at home and abroad. He coaches a youth empowerment project in the slums in Kampala, Uganda and is on the steering group developing a Rwanda Peace & Reconciliation Centre. It was on a visit to Kigali in 2017 that he met his co-author, Juvens Nsabimana.
Juvens Nsabimana is an author, screenwriter and film-maker from Rwanda (www.juvensnsabimana.com). He was born in the slums of Gikondo in Kigali and has been writing and telling stories since he was a child. To escape from the slums, at an early age he spent many hours every day in the cinema halls of Kigali watching films, learning about the art of storytelling and the different genres on the screen. This experienced fired the imagination in his mind. Perhaps it was inevitable that grappling with words and language would become his chosen career. As a young man he spent many hours in the libraries of Kigali, reading and learning. In early 2013, he started writing film screenplays and throughout his twenties he developed his career as a professional writer with poetry blogs, books and screenplays. Kill the Devil is his first novel.
The first reviews are in !
Here is some of the critical acclaim for Tony Macaulay & Juvens NsabimanaÃ¢â¬â¢s novel, Kill the Devil: A Love Story from Rwanda.
ËA movie surely beckons' Irish News
ËA triumph of a novel and one I expect to see grace the big screen in the near future.' Culture Crush NI
'This is a wonderfully written, gripping novel, well-plotted, well-paced. It is a mix of every emotion you can think of, but the twists and turns of human feelings and reactions are handled with great descriptive and narrative skills. Quite a brilliant collaboration. This story screams movie.' Dropped the Moon Blogspot
'Kill the Devil is a love story between a survivor and a perpetrator of violence and shares a lesson about forgiveness that is timeless in its importance and primacy, and should certainly resonate here in Northern Ireland where the Troubles have blighted the lives of so many.' Belfast Newsletter
'The novel portrays love, hope, and reconciliation after the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. The authors are planning to turn the book into a movie that will be shown around the world, spreading the message of hope and reconciliation from Rwanda', Editor's Pick, New Times Rwanda
'NI author Tony Macaulay's novel on reconciliation in Rwanda shares message he hopes to bring home.' Belfast Telegraph
'A story of embitterment, regrets, lying and eventual healing, it's a testament to the Rwandan people and their determination to achieve peace.' Anne Hailes, Irish News
Ã¢â¬ËThe book is well written, harrowing, yet full of hope.Ã¢â¬â¢ Conor OÃ¢â¬â¢Neil