Kia ora and welcome to The Three Lamps (T3L), a new online literary journal from the University of Auckland. We’re named for an old Auckland landmark that used to stand at the top of College Hill – a gathering place where the trams turned, speakers drew crowds, and the city met the suburbs.
Here on T3L you’ll find three of everything, written by past and present students, and edited by students from the English 344 creative writing class. T3Stories features three pieces of short fiction; T3Essays offers three pieces of creative nonfiction; and in T3Poets we showcase three poets – with three poems each, of course.
The Three Lamps also includes T3Shorts –pieces (of exactly 300 words) by student writers about some aspect of the city of Auckland – from carousing on K Road to hang-gliding on Muriwai Beach, from dead dogs in Titirangi to the over-bright lights of Dominion Road.
T3Books features excerpts from three recent books by Auckland writers, ones that we see as crucial new reading. Our first issue includes a story from the award-winning collection Black Ice Matter by Gina Cole; three poems from Rumpelstiltskin Blues by John Adams; and a te reo Māori excerpt from Sleeps Standing/Moētu, written by Witi Ihimaera and translated by Hemi Kelly.
Coming next semester: T3Schools, showcasing the talent of young Auckland writers; T3Cities featuring book excerpts and short new work by writers from cities around the world; and Talanoa, our lit-life blog in which students interview, preview and report on writers and writing events in Auckland’s lively book and festival scene.
Keep visiting The Three Lamps, and enjoy reading.