Academic & Research Interests

Laughing Aloud

James Joyce

For almost thirty years Gabrielle has been reading and laughing aloud over the great comic writer, James Joyce. She is currently writing an essay about that other great comic writer – both living and local – John Clarke. John Clarke, it turns out, has also been reading and laughing over James Joyce for aproximately the same number of decades. His parody of Finnegans Wake can be downloaded from his website: Seriously funny!!



For the past decade Gabrielle has co-produced events to mark Bloomsday in Sydney (see and also coordinated the Finnegans Wake reading group. People interested in joining the group can visit the FWRG blog at or email for more information.

Randolph Stow

Australian writer Randolph Stow, who died in May of 2010, gained an international reputation that few of his generation could equal. By the time Stow had completed his undergraduate degree, he had written one book of poetry, three novels and won four literary prizes, including the Miles Franklin. Later on in life, Stow was the winner of the Patrick White Award, and his work was compared to that of Australia’s only Nobel Prize winner for literature. Yet Stow is not nearly as well-known as White. Indeed, many Australians have never heard of him, despite his formidable talent, substantial output and critical acclaim. Gabrielle is currently working on a book about this enigmatic writer.


Gabrielle Carey holds a Master of Arts (English) from the Australian Catholic University and a Doctorate of Creative Arts (Writing) from the University of Western Sydney.

Her Masters thesis was titled ‘From Transcendence to Immanence — the development of the concept of the divine in the poetry of Judith Beveridge.’

The theoretical component of her doctorate, otherwise known as the exegesis, focussed on the personal essay. A PDF copy can be downloaded here.

For the past fifteen years Carey has taught writing at various universities including the University of Canberra, the University of Western Sydney and the University of Sydney. She currently teaches creative non-fiction at the University of Technology, Sydney.