Our mission at Cassandra Voices is to maintain a wide-ranging focus, which is to say that we endeavour to locate details within broader contexts. We firmly reject over-specialisation and insularity. This is a public intellectual forum and news source nourished by many rivers.
The mythological Cassandra’s tragedy was to have her accurate prophecies dismissed by those who thought they knew better. Thus, against her advice, the Trojans accepted the gift of a wooden horse from an apparently departing Greek army, out of which crawled the soldiers who sacked the city in the dead of night.
To understand our world – and so avoid sudden calamities – we need many lenses, whether scientific, historical or literary, working in tandem, providing perspective and anticipating developments.
Based in Dublin, our core objective is to raise the standard of living for all those living in this charming and challenging city. Our investigative journalism shines a light, emanating all too sparingly from mainstream media, on corporate and public affairs; but we also leave room for the impressions of artists and others from the cultural sphere.
We are committed to an aesthetically-informed presentation: a recognition of the value of graphic identity and photographic integrity; a respect for the creative processes beyond primary textual communication.
We invite participation from journalists, writers, poets, and photographers. Moreover, our correspondents will assist anyone we believe has a story that should be told.
We also seek financial support from funders, big or small currently through Patreon, as we attempt to break the mould.
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Cassandra Voices volumes I and II are also available for purchase in select stores around Ireland. A short film ‘Cassandra Voices – The Hard Copy’ by Sé Merry Doyle explores the motivations for the publication of the first edition.
The core team behind Cassandra Voices are as follows:
Editor: Frank Armstrong
Frank Armstrong graduated with a BA (International) from UCD in 1998, specialising in history, during which time he spent a year at the University of Amsterdam on an Erasmus scholarship and won the History Marathon essay competition and first place in his second year. He later earned a barrister-at-law degree at the Honorable Society of King’s Inns, and gained a Masters in Islamic Societies and Cultures at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, before taking a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education (again at UCD), to qualify as a secondary school teacher.
Prior to setting up Cassandra Voices his writing was published in the Irish Times, the London Magazine, the Dublin Review of Books, and Village Magazine, the Law Society’s Gazette, among others. He is the author of ‘Beef with Potatoes: food, agriculture, and sustainability in modern Ireland’ for The Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy Vol. 115C, Food and Drink in Ireland (2015). He previously taught a course on the History and Politics of Food in University College Dublin, and tutored at a number of Oxford colleges and in Anglo-American University in Prague, as well as delivering papers at academic conferences in Dublin and Berlin. His interests include nature, literature and politics. Frank aspires to poetry and tweets prosaically from
Photographic Editor: Daniele Idini
The writer and artist Héctor Castells characterises Daniele’s photography as follows:
To take a photograph is not only a way of whispering or claiming the existence of something, but it’s also a way of perpetuate the trace of an eye, of a will, a desire, or just a voice, somewhere.
Since his early beginnings as a photographer, Daniele Idini has been able to bring into his lens the same strong voice that runs through his poems, the stabbing sight of an eye that claims a desire for perpetuating the shadows that separate black from white, buildings from people and strangers from relatives. By capturing them, Daniele brings them into light, expressing his desire to rescue what tends to remain in darkness, as he did with the series of film photographs that he’d paint over with ink as they emulsify in his dark room. Now, as he did then, he drifts again through the streets of Dublin, London and Berlin with a camera, this time a digital one, to steal images from the unknown, to find the walls and the pyramids that shape our loneliness, to identify the fragility of our urban bubbles anywhere where the whirring of traffic lights and humans walking silences them whispers. If only, just to recall the echoes of their voices.
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Fiction Editor: Ilsa Monique Carter
Ilsa Carter studied cognitive behaviourism, training at Tulane University in her native New Orleans and the University of San Francisco to earn a Masters of Education in Psychotherapy. The skills Ilsa acquired have proved applicable to a broad spectrum of multicultural populations, notably counseling couples and kids at parochial schools in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, with expats and sex workers in Tokyo, Japan, or complex cross-border joint ventures with Indian corporate executives and Korean conglomerates. First in the States, later in Asia and finally Europe, Ilsa drove acquisition, integration and sales strategies for multinational financial services companies and marketing consultancies. After gathering experience on the ground in green tea and technology start-ups, Carter quit capitalist exploitation to write poetry, translate literature and edit fiction full-time in the Wicklow Mountains, south of Dublin. Her work also appears in The Gloss magazine.
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Poetry Editor; Edward Clarke
Edward Clarke’s Eighteen Psalms was published by Periplum Poetry in 2018. Clarke’s Psalter, a documentary he presented about making these poems, was broadcast on BBC, Radio 4 in September 2018. He is also the author of two books of criticism, The Vagabond Spirit of Poetry (Iff Books 2014), which makes claims for the efficacy of poetry in our industrialized world, where we are presented with environmental, political and economic challenges, and The Later Affluence of W.B. Yeats and Wallace Stevens (Palgrave Macmillan 2012). He has an MA (Oxon) in English Language and Literature and was awarded a PhD by Trinity College, Dublin, for his work on the American poet, Wallace Stevens, in relation to Shakespeare, Milton, and various Romantic poets. He currently teaches English literature and art and architectural history at various Oxford colleges.
Paul Gilgunn is a composer and musician working across the peripheries of classical and popular music. His aesthetic is characterised by a defiant avant-gardism – a fascination with creating new musical representations to engage and expand subjectivity – encompassing a variety of forms, genres, instruments, and techniques. These projects often involve cross-disciplinary activities with literature, video, video games, and visual art. He has collaborated and performed with musicians including Rhys Chatham, Tony Conrad, David Daniell, Cora Venus Lunny, Robbie Malone, Jay Oglesby, Nick Roth, Danny Snow and Jennifer Walshe. Paul holds a B.A. in English and Music (DCU), an M.Phil in Popular Literature (TCD), and a Ph.D. in Music (Goldsmiths). His doctoral thesis (2017) examined Rhys Chatham’s pioneering compositions for multiple electric guitars in the context of a post-1945 culture characterised by immanence, immersion, and participation. Paul’s areas of interest include cultural theory and philosophy, performance, popular music, and underground music. A studio recording of his latest work HERE WE ARE NOW (2019) was released to critical acclaim in February 2019. He is currently preparing new works for analogue synthesiser, guitars, electronics, percussion, and voice.