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Writer's Block

writers block

My Love said my Muse was faithless

And her fair words, being but a sham

Would turn in time to bitter fruitlessness

Leaving me no better off than I am


My Love said my Muse would desert me

And now my fate has confirmed her fears

Far away my Love can weep

Clear, exonerating, righteous tears


But since her predictions have proved so just

I hope all her maybes also turn to must



Published in Original Poems
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Lennon in Central Park



Looking down the barrel of Chapman's gun
Lennon was unaccountably struck
By a surge of happiness for this world
No two moments the same no two things
The hydrants outside the Plaza, pigeons
In Central Park, the magnificence
Lost, found or made, the way
Two guitars can sing together and alone.
Life. Beauty. Music. The tracks he had to cut.
Lennon was in love with all of it.
And then the bullet hit.

Peter Jukes 1988

Published in Original Poems
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The following images are some slightly faded snaps from my year living in India in the early 80s 




Now a windless haze suppresses 
The accolade of the streets


Sacred cows graze in traffic
Battered buses, rickshaws, bikes


An elephant lit up with electric bulbs 
A man balancing aluminium chairs on his head


In the fields the chorus of mud-frogs never cease
The ears are filled but not with noise

Peter Jukes India 1983

Published in Original Poems

Links and Contact Details

Live Tweeting

Over the last few years I've created some attention with my live coverage of the phone hacking trial in London, the most expensive and longest concluded criminal trial in British history. There are various accounts and articles about this on the web, including a radio play. My Twitter feed can be found here, and a collation of evidence from the trial, and all my live tweets, can be found at my Fothom Wordpress blog. There's also a Flipboard magazine and a Facebook Page. My Klout ranking is here.

More Journalism and Books

Various journalistic articles of mine are scattered throughout the web. There's some kind of portfolio at Muckrack. The most extensive reporting is for the Daily Beast and Newsweek, but there's more at the New Statesman, the New Republic, Aeon etc. I have two non fiction books published in the last year: The Fall of the House of Murdoch, available through Unbound or Amazon, and Beyond Contempt: the Inside Story of the Phone Hacking Trial, available via Canbury Press or also on Amazon. I am currently contributing to a new site for open source journalism, called Bellingcat, and advisor (along with Sir Harry Evans and Bill Emmott) to an exciting new crowdfunded journalism startip Byline

Getting in Contact

My generic email is my first name at That should get through to me pretty quickly. My Linked In profile is here. For non journalistic inquiries, for television stage and film, contact Howard Gooding at Judy Daish Associates. Examples of my television work can be found on IMDB. This links to the site for my forthcoming musical, Mrs Gucci. My radio plays can be found in various audiobook formats on Amazon and elsewhere.


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