Adelle Stripe was born in 1976, and grew up in Tadcaster. She is an author and freelance arts writer.
Her debut novel, Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile (Fleet), is inspired by the life and work of playwright Andrea Dunbar. It was shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize and Portico Prize, an award for outstanding literature that best evokes the spirit of the North. A stage adaptation by Freedom Studios and Lisa Holdsworth received widespread critical acclaim and was included in the Observer’s Top 10 shows of 2019.
Adelle is the author of three poetry chapbooks including 3:AM Magazine’s Poetry Book of the Year, Dark Corners of the Land. She is a regular contributor to The Quietus, and her writing has appeared in The Guardian, New Statesman and Caught by the River. Her collaborations with musicians and filmmakers include a commission for John Grant’s North Atlantic Flux at Hull City of Culture, and a spoken word appearance on Smagghe & Cross’s Cock of the North.
Recent publications include Sweating Tears with Fat White Family (Rough Trade Books), Common People: An Anthology of Working-Class Writers (Unbound), and an essay for Faber’s forthcoming Excavate: The Wonderful and Frightening World of The Fall.
She lives in the Calder Valley, West Yorkshire, UK.