About

Adelle Stripe 2016 copyright @ Dave Lindsay

Adelle Stripe was born in 1976 and grew up in Tadcaster. She is a novelist, poet and freelance arts writer.

Her debut novel, Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile (Fleet), was inspired by the life and work of playwright Andrea Dunbar. It received the Society of Authors’ K Blundell Award for Fiction and was shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize. The Observer described it in their books of the year list as “a beautiful period piece of 1980s Britain, as funny and sad as anything by Dunbar herself.” A stage adaptation will tour across the UK in the coming year.

Adelle is the author of three chapbook collections including 3:AM Magazine’s Poetry Book of the Year, Dark Corners of the Land, and her journalism has appeared in The Quietus, New Statesman and Caught by the River. She has collaborated with various musicians and filmmakers, including a commission for John Grant’s North Atlantic Flux festival, and a spoken word appearance on Smagghe & Cross’ Cock of the North.

Recent publications include Common People: An Anthology of Working-Class Writers, Gordon Burn’s Alma Cogan (introduction), and an essay in the forthcoming Excavate: The Weird and Frightening World of The Fall.

Adelle has a PhD in English & Creative Writing and works as a lecturer at York St John University. She lives in Calderdale.