TRIBUTES have poured in for journalist and author Dawn Foster, who has died aged 33.

Friends of Ms Foster said that she died suddenly at home this week, due to causes related to long-term illness.

Ms Foster grew up in Newport before going on to study English literature at Warwick University.


She has written for the London Review of Books, Times Literary Supplement and The Independent, as well as being a staff writer for Jacobin magazine.

James Butler, co-founder of Novara Media, paid tribute to her, describing her death as “a terrible loss”.

“Dawn never wavered in her belief in a better world, and was never shy about fighting for it,” he said. “She did not modulate her beliefs in pursuit of professional advancement.

“The world did not always treat her kindly, but I never saw a trace of self-pity in her. I admired that greatly.

“I will miss her kindness, and I will miss her seriousness, and I will miss her unerring eye for ego and folly, and her sense of what was, simply, right.

“Over the past couple of days I haven’t been able to shake the sense she had so much more left to give us.”

Writer Sarah Wooley said: “I am deeply thankful for the time we had with her.

“She lit up our lives.”

South Wales East MS Delyth Jewell said: “Dawn Foster was a fierce advocate for justice, unshakingly generous in how she saw the world, and a writer who gave voice to those who needed it most.

“What a loss she will be.”