Adelle Stripe was born in 1976 and grew up in Tadcaster. Her debut novel, Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile, is inspired by the life and work of playwright Andrea Dunbar. It received the K Blundell Award for Fiction and was shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize. 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 the author of three collections of poetry and her writing has appeared in The Guardian, New Statesman and The Quietus. She is a lecturer in Creative Writing at York St John University and lives in the Calder Valley, West Yorkshire, UK.