Matthew Stewart

Matthew Stewart works in the Spanish wine trade and lives between Extremadura and West Sussex. Following two pamphlets with HappenStance Press, both now sold out, he has published his first full collection, The Knives of Villalejo, with Eyewear Books.

Photo: Marina Rodriguez


Border Crossings »

Reading: Diana Hendry, Matthew Stewart

Sat 9 March | 11:30 - 12:30 | £4.50/£3.50 | The Undercroft, St John's House, South Street

Poem in a Bottle »

Poems to sip and savour from Matthew Stewart’s Tasting Notes

Thu 7 March - Sun 10 March | 18:00 - 19:30 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Café Bar


Making paella with David

I watch his fingers learning how
to shell langoustines, exploring
their cartoon-alien faces
and train-track bellies. He giggles
at calamari tentacles,
snaps the glassy spines in half.

Just now he slung an apron on
and told me he’d help. Bell peppers
are staining the blade of his knife.
It’s time to let ingredients
become a dish. He taps my arm.
Together we spark the gas.


Matthew Stewart

From The Knives of Villalejo (Eyewear Publishing, 2017)