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). Her poems have been published in the UK and US in Chiron Review, Neu Reekie's Untitled anthology and Mineshaft Magazine.
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 a memoir piece for Common People: An Anthology of Working Class Writers, a short story on the Blackburn Raves in Flashback: Parties for the People by the People, and an essay on past-life regression in Excavate: The Wonderful and Frightening World of The Fall.
Adelle holds a PhD in creative writing and has previously lectured at Manchester Writing School, Leeds Trinity and York St John University.
She lives in the Calder Valley, West Yorkshire, UK.