Dawn Foster

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Dawn Foster is a British journalist, broadcaster and author. She is a columnist for The Guardian newspaper, writing two columns on housing,[1] and on inequality and austerity. Foster is also a contributor to the London Review of Books, Times Literary Supplement and The Independent,[2] and The Nation and Dissent[3] in the United States. Foster is a practising Roman Catholic.[4]

Early life[edit]

Foster was born in Newport, Wales in 1987 and grew up in Newport, South Wales. She studied English Literature at Warwick University.[5] 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.[6]


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 2018. Her biography in the London Review of Books says she is currently completing another book, a cultural history of the dole.[7]

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,[8] longlisted for the Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain's Social Evils in 2017,[9] and shortlisted for the Bread and Roses Award 2017[10]

In September 2017, Foster was listed at Number 82 in 'The 100 Most Influential People on the Left' by political commentator Iain Dale.[11]



  1. ^ Foster, Dawn. "Foster on Friday | Housing Network". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  2. ^ Foster, Dawn. "Articles by Dawn Foster". The Independent. London. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  3. ^ Foster, Dawn (Fall 2016). "Mums against austerity in the UK". Dissent. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  4. ^ Foster, Dawn (5 February 2018). "Secret Freemasons should have no place in public life". The Guardian. London.
  5. ^ "Warwick hosts journo conference - The Boar". theboar.org. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  6. ^ "#Hospitalglam shows body-positive campaigns work for chronic sickness too". The Guardian. London. 19 January 2015. Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  7. ^ "Dawn Foster · LRB". www.lrb.co.uk. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  8. ^ Belam, Martin (22 March 2016). "Words By Women awards make their mark with celebration of solidarity". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  9. ^ "The Orwell Prize Longlist". The Orwell Foundation. 15 March 2017. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  10. ^ Onwuemezi, Natasha (8 May 2017). "Younge and Foster on Bread & Roses shortlist". The Bookseller. London. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  11. ^ 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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