Author: Rookling

Raven Mail cutting

Raven Mail? What’s that and how does it work?

Most of you, most of the time, are not where I am. I can ping you the occasional recording or email, but our interactions are purely digital. That doesn't quite…

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Rookling Writing

The Delectable Shrinking of the World: or, the joys of letters

It is unforgettable and profound, how a beloved friend or kinsman reshapes one's name between their fingers, with their unique contrivance of scratches, loops, and blots. When I read my name from the pen of another, I feel I am looking into an oracular mirror.

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Berlin Potsdamer Platz

Streaming must change now: or, why GoFundMe is a bit like Vernon Dursley from Harry Potter

In the late 00s, Jack Conte and Nataly Dawn were a music and YouTuber duo with handsome online audience and revenues to match. In 2013, they found themselves with a…

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Rookling in black and white

Art Every Day – A schedule of inspiration for late lockdown

I imagine I'm not alone in feeling short on inspiration. My response is to ask for help from the very best. So I've set myself a listening schedule. I'm sharing…

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The Fountain cover art

The Fountain: How it was born, and how to listen

LISTEN ON YOUTUBE LISTEN ON SPOTIFY DOWNLOAD & DONATE ON BANDCAMP Today, I'm sharing with you my second single, 'The Fountain'. While listening, scroll down and discover the story of…

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Berlin Potsdamer Platz

Picture postcard from Berlin: Wanderer in the wasteland

In one afternoon, the dimensions of my life lurched around so quickly that I didn't have time to get seasick.

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Osaka Canal

Picture postcard from Osaka: A million feet and a shattered peace

The forest left me so calm I thought I'd be forever immune to the pinpricks of city living. But no sooner had that impression settled than it was joined by a kind of dread as I realised I would probably never return here.

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Picture postcard from New York City: Stuck in a Manhattan mousetrap

"It was Christmas Eve and everyone was eager for carolling somewhere Brit-friendly. But my relationship with the Church was in a raw phase and I wanted nothing of it."

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Rooftops of Marseille

Picture postcard from Marseille: No mood for adventure

29th September 2015 I was dropped at the main station, the day hot and darkening. The grand white steps of St Charles rose behind me and a warren of streets…

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What’s in a name? – or, how Rookling was christened

On the day I turned twenty-one, I decided I wanted a public face for my music. Choosing a stage name empowered me to recognise my inner artist for the first time, even if I did not have much understanding of that figure within me.

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