Adelle Stripe was born in York in 1976 and grew up in Tadcaster. 

Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile, her debut novel, was a fictionalised biography based on the life and work of Bradford playwright Andrea Dunbar. It was shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize and Portico Prize for Literature. A stage adaptation received widespread critical acclaim.

Adelle is a regular contributor to The Quietus and her journalism on music, theatre and film has appeared in The Yorkshire Post, New Statesman and Caught by the River. She has a PhD in creative writing, and has lectured at MMU, Leeds Trinity and York St John University. 

Her recent publications include a pocketbook memoir, Stay Alive Till ’75; an anti-love story set around Blackburn’s acid house scene in Flashback: Parties for the People by the People; and an essay on a hauntological art group show in Excavate! The Wonderful and Frightening World of The Fall. Adelle’s forthcoming biography of Fat White Family, Ten Thousand Apologies, traces the band’s origins from the mills of Huddersfield to the mountains of Algeria, via sectarian Northern Ireland and the squats of south London. It will be published by White Rabbit in February 2022. 

She lives in the Calder Valley, West Yorkshire, UK. 


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