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lomer.jpgKathryn Lomer — [ABC]

Hobart poet, Kathryn Lomer, was today awarded the $30,000 Kenneth Slessor Prize for poetry.

Kathryn’s second collection of poetry, Two Kinds of Silence, was recognised as part of the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards.

The judges praised her poetry for its consistency, bravery and stylistic dexterity.

“I had no expectation of winning,” she said. “I mean, really, I was short listed with David Malouf and a number of other fantastic poets and so I already felt in good company in that way and then on the awards night well it was just fantastic to be there with all those other writers,

[From ABC News ]

remote-1.jpgLaunching the ABE from Southern Surveyor. Image credit – CSIRO

Scientists aboard the research vessel, Southern Surveyor, return to Hobart today with a collection of coral samples and photographs taken in the Southern Ocean at greater depths than ever before.

Using a remotely operated submersible vehicle the international research team captured images of life found on deep-sea pinnacles and valleys up to three kilometres beneath the Ocean’s surface.

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Horse-powered farming is experiencing a rebirth in Tasmania, according to Rural Online, ABC, and the price of fuel may have something to do with it.

A heavy horse association has just been formed to help share the dwindling knowledge of how to train and work horses on farms.

More than 100 people turned out to the association’s first field day at Kindred on July 17.

Field day host, Brad Saunders, says people are interested in keeping heavy horses for a number of uses, not just farm work.

Brad says he uses his Clydesdales for 80 per cent of his farm work.