Adelle Stripe 2016 copyright @ Dave Lindsay

Adelle Stripe was born in 1976 and grew up in Tadcaster, North Yorkshire.

She is the recipient of the 2016 K Blundell Trust Award for Fiction. Her debut novel, Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile, is inspired by the life and work of the playwright Andrea Dunbar. It is forthcoming on Wrecking Ball Press.

Adelle is the author of three chapbook collections of poetry on Blackheath Books. The most recent, Dark Corners of the Land, was 3:AM Magazine’s Poetry Book of the Year. Her writing has featured in publications in the US and UK including The Guardian, Stool Pigeon, Caught by the River, Mineshaft Magazine and Chiron Review. 

She has recently completed a PhD and teaches at MMU’s Manchester Writing School. Her research interests include northern working-class culture, the non-fiction novel and the literary north.

A commission based on her poem The Humber Star was performed at John Grant’s North Atlantic Flux programme at Hull 2017. Set in 19th century Hessle Rd to a score by Icelandic composer Halldór Smárason, the lament captured the savage nature and devastating power of the North Sea. It was described by the Financial Times as a work of ‘fantastic depth and poignancy.’

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


Adelle is represented by Matthew Hamilton at Aitken Alexander

Email: adellemstripe (at) hotmail.co.uk

Twitter: @adellestripe