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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 ]


A cheeky portrait of the Danish royal family has won this year’s Bald Archy Prize.

Newcastle railway worker James Brennan was awarded the $5,000 prize in Canberra this morning.

‘I was vacuuming and it just popped into my head out of nowhere,’ Brennan said.”

The Bald Archy Prize was created in 2004 as a spoof of Australia’s most prestigious art award, the Archibald.

It is also the only art competition in the world allegedly judged by a cockatoo, named Maude.