Adelle Stripe was born in 1976 and grew up in Tadcaster, North Yorkshire.
Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile (Fleet), 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 Freedom Studios received widespread critical acclaim.
Her recent biography of Fat White Family, Ten Thousand Apologies (White Rabbit), traces the cult band's origins from the mills of Huddersfield to the mountains of Algeria, via sectarian Northern Ireland and the squats of south London. It is an official Sunday Times bestseller.
Adelle is the author of three chapbook poetry collections including 3:AM Magazine’s Poetry Book of the Year Dark Corners of the Land (Blackheath).
Stripe's journalism on music, theatre and film has appeared in The Quietus, New Statesman and Yorkshire Post. She has also written features and new fiction for the British Film Institute, Manchester Literature Festival, and Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art.
Recently, her writing has appeared in anthologies including Common People: An Anthology of Working Class Writers, Flashback: Parties for the People by the People, and Excavate: The Wonderful and Frightening World of The Fall.
She lives in the Calder Valley, West Yorkshire, UK.