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Adelle Stripe was born in 1976 and grew up in Tadcaster, North Yorkshire. She is the author of three collections of poetry and her writing has appeared in The Guardian, New Statesman and The Quietus.

Her debut novel, Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile, is inspired by the life and work of Bradford playwright Andrea Dunbar and received the K Blundell Trust Award for Fiction. Shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize, it reveals the story behind the making of Rita, Sue and Bob Too and Dunbar’s short and chaotic life on the Buttershaw Estate. 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.”

Adelle is a visiting lecturer in Creative Writing at Leeds Trinity University and lives in the Calder Valley, West Yorkshire, UK.


Adelle is represented by Matthew Hamilton at Aitken Alexander

Contact: adellemstripe (at) hotmail.co.uk

Twitter: @adellestripe