Carl Nixon lives in Christchurch. He has a Masters in Religious Studies from the University of Canterbury and is a full-time writer of plays, short stories and novels.
His collection of short stories, Fish ‘n’ Chip Shop Song was published in early 2006 by Random House New Zealand, and immediately went to number one on the NZ best selling fiction list. It was short listed for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, 2007, Best first book Southeast Asia and South Pacific Region. In 2007 he won the Katherine Mansfield Short Story Prize. His stories have appeared in numerous anthologies, and over a dozen have been broadcast by Radio New Zealand.
Carl has published three novels, Rocking Horse Road (Random House NZ, 2008), Settlers’ Creek (Random House NZ, 2010). The Virgin and the Whale, a historical romance, was published in 2013 by Random House. All three have been published in translation in Germany. Rocking Horse Road will come out this year in Mandarin Chinese.
His theatrical scripts are regularly produced by the Court Theatre and other theatres throughout the country. They include The Raft, Two Fish n a Scoop, the Birthday Boy and the upcoming comedy Matthew, Mark, Luke and Joanne which premiers in May 2016.