Dawn Foster

Dawn Hayley Foster (12 September 1986 – July 2021[2]) was a British journalist, broadcaster, and author. She was a staff writer for Jacobin magazine.[3] She also contributed to the London Review of Books, Times Literary Supplement, The Independent,[4] The Nation,[5] Tribune,[5] The Guardian,[2] and Dissent[6] in the United States.

Dawn Foster
Foster on Novara Media in 2017
Foster on Novara Media in 2017
BornDawn Hayley Foster[1]
(1986-09-12)12 September 1986[dubious ]
Newport, Wales
DiedJuly 2021 (aged 34)
London, England
OccupationWriter, broadcaster
Alma materUniversity of Warwick

Early and personal lifeEdit

Foster was born in Newport, South Wales[7],[better source needed]and grew up 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 family. She attended Caerleon Comprehensive School and Bassaleg High School before going on to study English literature at Warwick University on a scholarship.[8]

Foster was based in South West London. She was a Roman Catholic.[9] Foster suffered from epilepsy and schwannomatosis, and wrote about being disabled.[10]

Foster's friends and colleagues announced her death on 15 July 2021.[11] Foster had been discharged from hospital on 9 July and was found in her home, having died suddenly of complications related to her long-term health problems.[2] Tributes were paid by fellow political commentators and journalists on social media. A number of politicians, including Jeremy Corbyn, Mary Lou McDonald, Angela Rayner, and John McDonnell, expressed their condolences.[12]


Foster's first book, Lean Out, was published in January 2016 by Repeater Books. According to her biography in the London Review of Books, at the time of her death she was working on another book, a cultural history of the dole.[13]

Awards and influenceEdit

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,[14] longlisted for the Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain's Social Evils in 2017,[15] and shortlisted for the Bread and Roses Award 2017.[16]

In September 2017, Foster was listed at Number 82 in "The 100 Most Influential People on the Left" by political commentator Iain Dale.[17]


  • Lean Out Repeater Books, 2016.ISBN 9781910924020[18]


  1. ^ The Poisonous Euros Atmosphere Fan [@DawnHFoster] (23 May 2014). "@chrisbrooke @sianberry (Hayley) And she won her election" (Tweet). Archived from the original on 15 July 2021. Retrieved 19 July 2021 – via Twitter.
  2. ^ a b c Topping, Alexandra (15 July 2021). "Tributes paid to writer Dawn Foster, who has died aged 34". theguardian.com. Retrieved 15 July 2021.
  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. ^ General Register Office; United Kingdom; Reference: Volume 28, Page 913 This is available on genealogy sites. All of Foster’s older siblings are born in Newport Wales. Foster’s record on ancestry has a transcription error for an area in Shropshire but this has been flagged for correction. Foster’s mother confirms her birthplace.
  8. ^ "Warwick hosts journo conference - The Boar". theboar.org. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  9. ^ Foster, Dawn (5 February 2018). "Secret Freemasons should have no place in public life". The Guardian. London.
  10. ^ "#Hospitalglam shows body-positive campaigns work for chronic sickness too". The Guardian. London. 19 January 2015. Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  11. ^ James B [@piercepenniless] (15 July 2021). "We are immensely saddened to announce that our dear friend @DawnHFoster died suddenly at home this week, related to her long-term illness. I, and I know many of you, loved her deeply, and it is a terrible loss. t.co/4MXDtLiC02" (Tweet). Archived from the original on 15 July 2021. Retrieved 19 July 2021 – via Twitter.
  12. ^ Moody, Tom (15 July 2021). "Tributes paid to Newport author and journalist Dawn Foster". South Wales Argus. Retrieved 15 July 2021.
  13. ^ "Dawn Foster · LRB". www.lrb.co.uk. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  14. ^ Belam, Martin (22 March 2016). "Words By Women awards make their mark with celebration of solidarity". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  15. ^ "The Orwell Prize Longlist". The Orwell Foundation. 15 March 2017. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  16. ^ Onwuemezi, Natasha (8 May 2017). "Younge and Foster on Bread & Roses shortlist". The Bookseller. London. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  17. ^ Dale, Iain (25 September 2017). "The 100 Most Influential People On The Left: Iain Dale's 2017 List". LBC. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  18. ^ Foster, Dawn (2016). Lean Out. Repeater Books. ISBN 9781910924020. Retrieved 22 July 2021.

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