Matthew StewartMatthew Stewart was born in Farnham, Surrey, in 1973. Following a comprehensive school education, he took a degree in modern languages at St Peter's College, Oxford.

For over twenty years, he has lived in Extremadura, Spain, where he works as the export manager and blender for a local winery, VinaOliva. His poems have been widely published in UK magazines and he blogs at

His second HappenStance pamphlet Tasting Notes,was launched in London at the Poetry Book Fair in 2012. It was a unique launch, in that the poetry (about wine) was delivered as the punters tasted the wine itself. There is also a film of Matthew reading Tasting Notes, some of it set among the vineyards. Not to be missed!