Dawn Foster

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Dawn Foster
Born (1987-09-12) 12 September 1987 (age 31)
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 two columns on housing,[2] and on inequality and austerity. Foster is also a contributor to the London Review of Books, Times Literary Supplement, The Independent,[3] The Nation[4], Tribune[4] and Dissent[5] in the United States. Foster is a practising Roman Catholic.[6]

Early life[edit]

Foster was born and raised in Newport, South Wales. She studied English Literature at Warwick University.[7] 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 suffers from epilepsy and schwannomatosis and has written about her disabilities.[8]


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.[9]

Awards and influence[edit]

Foster was awarded the International Building Press Prize for Young Journalist of the Year in 2014, and was named Non-traditional Journalist of the Year at the inaugural Words by Women Awards,[10] longlisted for the Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain's Social Evils in 2017,[11] and shortlisted for the Bread and Roses Award 2017.[12]

In September 2017, Foster was listed at Number 82 in 'The 100 Most Influential People on the Left' by political commentator Iain Dale.[13]



  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. ^ Foster, Dawn. "Articles by Dawn Foster". The Independent. London. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Dawn Foster". tribunemag.co.uk. Retrieved 2019-01-20.
  5. ^ Foster, Dawn (Fall 2016). "Mums against austerity in the UK". Dissent. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  6. ^ Foster, Dawn (5 February 2018). "Secret Freemasons should have no place in public life". The Guardian. London.
  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. ^ "Dawn Foster · LRB". www.lrb.co.uk. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  10. ^ Belam, Martin (22 March 2016). "Words By Women awards make their mark with celebration of solidarity". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  11. ^ "The Orwell Prize Longlist". The Orwell Foundation. 15 March 2017. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  12. ^ Onwuemezi, Natasha (8 May 2017). "Younge and Foster on Bread & Roses shortlist". The Bookseller. London. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  13. ^ 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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