Adelle Stripe

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Adelle Stripe
Born 1976
York, England
Occupation Writer

University of Greenwich

University of Manchester
Spouse Ben Myers

Adelle Stripe is a poet and novelist from Tadcaster, North Yorkshire. In 2006, alongside Tony O'Neill and Ben Myers she formed possibly the first literary movement spawned via a social networking site, the Brutalists, who the BBC described as a 'group of young writers with a back-to-basics approach to poetry.' [1]

Noted as a 'kitchen sink realist' poet by the Spanish daily newspaper ABC, [2] Stripe is affiliated with the Offbeat generation, and has published three poetry collections; Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid, Cigarettes in Bed and Dark Corners of the Land. Stripe's Brutalist works include Brutalism 1: Nowhere Fast [3] and Brutalism 2: Cheap Thrills Issue 24 of Mineshaft Magazine. A commission for Hull UK City of Culture 2017, The Humber Star, was performed as part of John Grant's North Atlantic Flux and was described by the Financial Times as a work of 'fantastic depth and poignancy.'[4]

Her debut novel based on the life and work of Bradford playwright Andrea Dunbar, Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile, is published by Fleet. [1] It was shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize [2] and received the Society of Authors' K Blundell Trust Award for Fiction.[3]



  • 2017: Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile. Wrecking Ball Press [4]
  • 2017: Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile. Little, Brown Book Group [5]


  • 2008: Brutalism One: Nowhere Fast. Captains of Industry Press
  • 2008: Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid. Blackheath Books [6]
  • 2009: Cigarettes In Bed. Blackheath Books [7]
  • 2012: Dark Corners of the Land. Blackheath Books [8]


  • 2008: 3:AM London, New York, Paris. Social Disease [9]
  • 2009: Dwang: Issue One. Tangerine Press [10]
  • 2010: Dwang: Issue Two. Tangerine Press [11]
  • 2012: Counterfeit Crank. Sick Fly Publications [12]
  • 2015: Untitled One: Neu! Reekie!. Birlinn [13]
  • 2016: Spring: An Anthology for the Changing Seasons. Elliott & Thompson Limited [14]
  • 2019: Common People: An Anthology of Working Class Writers. Unbound [15]

Edited works, introductions and forewords[edit]


  • 2017: Cock of the North: Smagghe & Cross . Offen Music [18]

External links[edit]

  • Web Publishing and The Brutalists | Guardian Books [5]
  • The Brutalists and Offbeat Generation | Guardian Books [6]
  • National Poetry Day BBC interview
  • Remembering Brutalism | Vice Magazine [19]
  • I'm Drawn to Strong Women | Morning Star [20]
  • Rita, Sue and Bob Too: A Snapshot of 80s Britain | BBC [7]
  • The Genius We Never Discuss | Yorkshire Post [21]