C.P. Stewart was born in 1953. The eldest of three children born to a mill owner's daughter and a gamekeeper. Throughout his early childhood he experienced both sides of the coin. All the privileges of wealth through his grandparents and in stark contrast the reality of life, often hard, on the Yorkshire moors, where it wasn't uncommon for them to be snowed in for months, only eating what his father could trap or shoot.
At the age of seventeen , whilst working as a psychiatric nurse, he started writing poetry. He submitted some to Howard Sergeant MBE, who was publisher of Britain's oldest independent poetry magazine Outposts. Sargeant's response was very positive. He did not, at the time, accept any but wrote back urging him to "keep sending more" as he felt Stewart's writing would evolve and flourish. As it happened, Stewart's interest turned to music, especially the blues.
He taught himself guitar and went on to form the massively popular Blues Bug, an eight piece blues band based in York. In the mid eighties, Stewart started writing his own songs and went on to record them, invariably accompanied by his trusty musical sidekick and good friend the late, great Michael Danby. Interest from major record companies ensued but as Stewart refused to conform to the trend of the day, nothing was ever cemented. Stewart and Danby went on to form the early line-up of the cult band Laughing Gravy.
In 2006 C.P. Stewart went back to writing poetry. For several years he was the Poetry Editor for the American Arts and Literary magazine, Sotto Voce.
His poem, Crow Hill, was highly commended in the 2012 National Poetry Competition and also nominated for The Forward Prize. The same year, Silvered Now, and Fine, won a prize in the iYeats International Poetry Competition. His poem Kingfisher, was highly commended in The Hungry Hill Poetry Competition. His poem The Beadsman, is currently being studied as part of the Creative Writing Course at The National University of Ireland, Maynooth.
His poetry has been widely published in England, Canada, Australia, Ireland and the United States.
C.P. Stewart died unexpectedly on February 27th 2017.