Adelle Stripe was born in York in 1976 and grew up in Tadcaster. She is a novelist, poet and journalist.
Her debut novel, Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile, 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 by Lisa Holdsworth and Freedom Studios received widespread critical acclaim.
Stripe’s writing on music, film and theatre has appeared in The Quietus, New Statesman and Yorkshire Post. Her recent (and forthcoming) work is rooted in the nonfiction novel form and explores working-class culture, untold histories of the north, popular music, and small-town life. She is currently writing a music biography for White Rabbit Books.
As a lecturer, she has taught at Manchester Writing School, Leeds Trinity University and York St John University. She is an MA graduate from Manchester University’s Centre for New Writing and was awarded a PhD by the University of Huddersfield in 2017.
She lives in the Calder Valley, West Yorkshire.
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