Adelle Stripe was born in 1976, and lives in the Calder Valley, West Yorkshire. Her debut novel, Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile, was inspired by the life and work of playwright Andrea Dunbar. It was shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize and Portico Prize for Literature. A stage adaptation received widespread critical acclaim and was included in the Observer’s Top 10 shows of 2019.

Adelle is the author of three poetry chapbooks including 3:AM Magazine’s Poetry Book of the Year, Dark Corners of the Land. She is a regular contributor to The Quietus, and her writing has appeared in The Guardian, New Statesman and Caught by the River.

Her PhD, Writing Andrea Dunbar: Framing the Non-Fiction Novel in the Literary North, was awarded by the University of Huddersfield in 2017. She is also an MA graduate of Manchester University’s Creative Writing programme and has taught at Manchester Writing School, Leeds Trinity and York St John University.

Recent publications include Sweating Tears with Fat White Family and an essay in the forthcoming anthology Excavate!: The Wonderful and Frightening World of The Fall. She is currently writing a music biography for White Rabbit Books.