Significant additions have been developed for 2013 in the young writer program from last year (2012) with its then 28 Australian and 12 New Zealand young writers – they provided a monthly article on Comment, Culture, Sport, IT, Entertainment, Reviews, Music, Theology, Philosophy, Mission, Ministry, Conferences and the like.
In 2013 that has been increased to 50, an additional 10 young writers.
A small number of these young writers are either involved in overseas mission, working overseas or come from nations outside Australia and New Zealand.
The New Zealand young writer program has been expanded from a four week cycle to a five week cycle, making 15 New Zealand young writers. Gemma Margerison moved sideways to the International line having returned to the UK, leaving five new places.
The fresh New Zealand young writers are
Gemma Taylor - Auckland
Andrea Earl - Auckland
Jared Dirpose - Auckland
Mercy Cornish - Christchurch
Dale Wang - Christchurch
Casey Murray - Auckland
Young writer "internationals"
Over the life of the young writer program with Christian Today there has come on board a number of young people either in mission, from overseas or are working overseas and as we sought to increase the monthly cycle lines, and one idea was to establish a young writer "internationals" line.
Gemma Margerison - UK
Daniel Jang - NZ
Genevieve Wilson - Canada;
Lisa Geotze - Canada
Kandima Awendila - Mozambique
Lehi Duncan - NZ
Daniel Peterson - Chicago USA
Oscar Duan - China
Each week there are 5 Australian 'Comment' young writers, 3 NZ young writers, 1 Australian Culture young writer and 1 Sport young writer. This makes up a total of 10 young writers each week in two separate Christian Today columns – Comment and Culture/Life.
2013 new Australian young writers
Thomas Devenish – Hobart
Charley Goiris – Melbourne
Tisha Williams - Tweed Heads
Anton Zhang – Sydney
Zach Radloff - Gold Coast
As the Tronson du Coudray art work "Never never settles" implies, that as these young writers have shown, they are from across the globe and its never settled.
Dr Mark Tronson is a Baptist minister (retired) who served as the Australian cricket team chaplain for 17 years (2000 ret) and established Life After Cricket in 2001. He was recognised by the Olympic Ministry Medal in 2009 presented by Carl Lewis Olympian of the Century. He has written 24 books, and enjoys writing. He is married to Delma, with four adult children and grand-children.
Mark Tronson's archive of articles can be viewed at www.pressserviceinternational.org/mark-tronson.html