New Zealand's Irenie How and Australia's Peter Brookshaw are the celebrated winners of the 2017 $500 Basil Sellers Young Writer 'Tronson Award' for Consistency presented on Saturday at the annual young writer conference held on the Sunshine Coast at the Alexandra Park Conference Centre.
Irenie How and Peter Brookshaw were, in effect, 2nd place this year as determined by the Australian and New Zealand Panellists who marked every young writer's articles in the first six months on the year.
Irenie How from Christchurch, her CV for her articles reads—Irenie was rescued from darkness by the grace of God when she was running away. God showed her He is the Lord and she wants you to know this too. She designs, illustrates, loves, moves forward, and lives. Irenie How’s previous articles may be viewed here: http://www.pressserviceinternational.org/irenie-how.html
Pete Brookshaw is the Senior Minister of the Salvation Army Craigieburn, Melbourne. He has a bachelor’s degree in both business and theology, and is passionate about the church being dynamic and effective in the world and creating communities of faith that are outward-focused, innovative, passionate about the lost and committed to societal change. He has been blogging since 2006. Peter Brookshaw’s articles may be viewed here: http://www.pressserviceinternational.org/peter-brookshaw.html
PSI—Press Service International—Christian Today
The young writer program is coordinated by PSI in conjunction with Christian Today with 85 young writers from Australia, New Zealand and around the world.
These young writers are published once every five weeks with 10 articles a year, submitting 'comment' pieces on a wide range of subjects. Published in Christian Today which is part of CMCI, an organisation that has 100 mast heads around the world conveying Christian news along with specific publishing programs such as our young writers
This is giving these young people a voice into the international marketplace of ideas. Young people between the ages of 18–30 are invited into the program and once these young writers hit 30 they are welcomed to continue to 35 whereupon they might become 'senior writers'.
Two literary champions
Irenie How is the Kiwi young writers’ editor for Christian Today New Zealand. This is a constant 24/7 mission activity which includes collating the articles (this means sending reminders and chasing up), editing the articles and corresponding with each of the Kiwi young writers as required. Then Irenie sets out the five week schedule for young writer publishing days for each for the cycles. No small effort!
Moreover, Irenie How uploads each evening the Kiwi young writers—for publishing onto the Christian Today New Zealand platform. Check out some of her work on Instagram (@irenie.anne) or Behance and drop her a line!
Peter Brookshaw has been blogging since 2006 at http://www.petebrookshaw.com/ on leadership and faith. He is a celebrated blogger having been re-published around the world. He spoke on blogging at the 2016 'One Day in Melbourne'. He is a Salvation Army non-stop running machine in ministry with fun-loving merriment.
Peter wrote the book Holy which each young writer at the conference was gifted through Well-Being Australia, the parent ministry to PSI Young Writers, at $10 each copy.
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 mentors young writers and has written 24 books, and enjoys writing. He is married to Delma, with four adult children and grand-children. Dr Tronson writes a daily article for Christian Today Australia (since 2008) and in November 2016 established Christian Today New Zealand.
Mark Tronson's archive of articles can be viewed at http://www.pressserviceinternational.org/mark-tronson.html