Dawn Foster

Dawn Foster
Born (1987-09-12) 12 September 1987 (age 32)
OccupationJournalist, broadcaster, author

Dawn Foster (born 12 September 1987)[1] is a British journalist, broadcaster and author. She is a columnist for The Guardian newspaper, writing on housing[2] inequality and austerity, and a staff writer for Jacobin magazine.[3] She also contributes to the London Review of Books, Times Literary Supplement, The Independent,[4] The Nation,[5] Tribune,[5] and Dissent[6] in the United States.

Early life

Foster was born and raised in Newport, South Wales. In articles for Child Poverty Action Group and The Guardian she wrote that she grew up in poverty in an unemployed single-parent family, and was placed in the care system as a teenager.

She studied English Literature at Warwick University.[7]

She suffers from epilepsy and schwannomatosis and has written about her disabilities.[8]

Foster is a Catholic.[9]


Foster's first book, Lean Out, was published in January 2016 by Repeater Books. Her second book, Where Will We Live?, a commentary on the UK housing crisis, will be published by Repeater in 2019. Her biography in the London Review of Books says she is currently completing another book, a cultural history of the dole.[10]

Awards and influence

Foster was awarded the International Building Press Prize for Young Journalist of the Year in 2014, was named Non-traditional Journalist of the Year at the inaugural Words by Women Awards,[11] longlisted for the Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain's Social Evils in 2017,[12] and shortlisted for the Bread and Roses Award 2017.[13]

In September 2017, Foster was listed at Number 82 in 'The 100 Most Influential People on the Left' by political commentator Iain Dale.[14]



  1. ^ Dawn Foster [@DawnHFoster] (12 September 2017). "I'm 30 today! And @hannahjdavies is the best flatmate in the world" (Tweet). Retrieved 10 February 2019 – via Twitter.
  2. ^ Foster, Dawn. "Foster on Friday | Housing Network". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  3. ^ "Dawn Foster". Jacobin magazine. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  4. ^ Foster, Dawn. "Articles by Dawn Foster". The Independent. London. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Dawn Foster". tribunemag.co.uk. Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  6. ^ Foster, Dawn (Fall 2016). "Mums against austerity in the UK". Dissent. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  7. ^ "Warwick hosts journo conference - The Boar". theboar.org. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  8. ^ "#Hospitalglam shows body-positive campaigns work for chronic sickness too". The Guardian. London. 19 January 2015. Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  9. ^ Foster, Dawn (5 February 2018). "Secret Freemasons should have no place in public life". The Guardian. London.
  10. ^ "Dawn Foster · LRB". www.lrb.co.uk. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  11. ^ Belam, Martin (22 March 2016). "Words By Women awards make their mark with celebration of solidarity". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  12. ^ "The Orwell Prize Longlist". The Orwell Foundation. 15 March 2017. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  13. ^ Onwuemezi, Natasha (8 May 2017). "Younge and Foster on Bread & Roses shortlist". The Bookseller. London. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  14. ^ Dale, Iain (25 September 2017). "The 100 Most Influential People On The Left: Iain Dale's 2017 List". LBC. Retrieved 31 October 2017.

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