Adelle Stripe 2016 copyright @ Dave Lindsay

Adelle Stripe was born in 1976 and grew up in Tadcaster. Her debut novel, Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile is 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”.

Stripe is the author of three poetry collections including Dark Corners of the Land and her writing has appeared in publications including New Statesman, The Quietus, and The Guardian. Her collaboration with Smagghe & Cross, Cock of the North, was released by Offen Music in 2017 to critical acclaim.

Stripe works as a Lecturer in Creative Writing at York St John University and has recently contributed to a new anthology on class, Common People, which is published by Unbound in 2019. She is currently writing her second novel.



Adelle is represented by Matthew Hamilton at Aitken Alexander

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Contact: adellemstripe (at) hotmail.co.uk