Gabrielle Baldwin studied literature at the University of Melbourne and Northwestern University in Illinois, where she completed a PhD in American literature, with a dissertation on Thoreau. Returning to Australia, she taught in departments of literary studies at several Victorian universities before moving into the field of higher education research at Monash and Melbourne universities. She has published articles in academic journals and newspapers and many reports, including the first study of the position of women at Monash University in the 1980s. In recent years, she has returned to teaching literature for pleasure.
Gabrielle and her husband, Peter Fitzpatrick, bought land in Yanakie, South Gippsland, more than twenty years ago and started to establish a native garden, while still working in Melbourne. Now retired from paid employment, they divide their time equally between city and country. Both find the Yanakie environment a wonderful place to continue their writing and Gabrielle has been able to combine this interest with her passion for gardening. In her recently released book, Things My Garden Taught Me, she writes about the creation of the garden and reflects on the many ‘life lessons’ which have emerged from the experience.