Adelle Stripe was born in York in 1976 and grew up in Tadcaster. She is a novelist, poet and journalist.
Her writing is rooted in the nonfiction novel form and explores working-class culture, untold histories of the north, popular music, and small-town life.
Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile, her debut novel, 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 biography of UK band Fat White Family, Ten Thousand Apologies, was recently announced. A collaborative work with lead singer Lias Saoudi, the book traces the group’s origins from working-class Huddersfield to Algeria, via sectarian Northern Ireland and the squats of south London. It will be published in 2022.
As a lecturer, she has taught at Manchester Writing School, Leeds Trinity University and York St John University. She was awarded a PhD by the University of Huddersfield in English and Creative Writing in 2017. Stripe’s writing on music, theatre and film has appeared in The Quietus, New Statesman and Yorkshire Post.
She lives in the Calder Valley, West Yorkshire.
For all book-related enquiries please contact Matthew Hamilton at the Hamilton Agency or see the Contact page for publicity/broadcast or translation requests.