Dawn Foster

Last updated on 20 September 2017

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] newspaper in Britain, and The Nation and Dissent magazine in the United States.

Early life

Foster was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1987 and grew up in Newport, South Wales. She studied English Literature at Warwick University.[3] 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 neurofibromatosis type II and has written about her disabilities.[4]


Foster's first book, Lean Out, was published in January 2016 by Repeater Books. Her biography in the London Review of Books says she is currently completing her second book, a cultural history of the dole.[5]


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,[6] longlisted for the Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain's Social Evils in 2017[7], and shortlisted for the Bread and Roses Award 2017[8].


  1. ^ "Foster on Friday | Housing Network". the Guardian. Retrieved 2017-01-05.
  2. ^ "Site". The Independent. Retrieved 2017-01-05.
  3. ^ "Warwick hosts journo conference - The Boar". theboar.org. Retrieved 2017-01-05.
  4. ^ "#Hospitalglam shows body-positive campaigns work for chronic sickness too". The Guardian. 2015-01-19. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-01-09.
  5. ^ "Dawn Foster · LRB". www.lrb.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-01-05.
  6. ^ Belam, Martin (2016-03-22). "Words By Women awards make their mark with celebration of solidarity". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-01-05.
  7. ^ "Longlist". The Orwell Prize. 2017-03-15. Retrieved 2017-06-30.
  8. ^ "Younge and Foster on Bread & Roses shortlist | The Bookseller". www.thebookseller.com. Retrieved 2017-06-30.

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