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Carl Nixon


Carl Nixon lives in Christchurch, New Zealand He has a Masters in Religious Studies from the University of Canterbury. He is a full-time writer of novels, plays, and short stories.

His collection, Fish “n’ Chip Shop Song and other stories was published in 2006 by Random House New Zealand, and 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. Carl has twice won the Sunday Star Times Short Story Contest (1997, 1999) and was third in 2001. He was runner up in the Katherine Mansfield Short Story Contest, New Zealand’s premier short story contest in 1999, and won that competition in 2007. His stories have appeared in numerous anthologies, and over a dozen have been broadcast by Radio New Zealand.

Carl was the 2006 Ursula Bethell / Creative New Zealand Writer-in-Residence at Canterbury University, where he completed a novel, Rocking Horse Road (Random House, 2007). His other novels are, The Virgin and the Whale (Random House, 2013) and Settlers’ Creek (Random House NZ, 2010), which was hailed by Witi Ihimaera as, “Brave, bold and unflinching, Carl Nixon’s Settlers’ Creek is one of the best novels to come out of New Zealand. It’s not only a gripping, brutal thriller but also a dissection of a country and its culture. It’s the kind of book that gets you run out of town.”

His novels have been published in translation in Germany, France, Taiwan and China and France.

Carl’s plays have been performed in every professional theatre in New Zealand. They include both comedy and drama. His latest is, Matthew Mark, Luke and Joanne. Others are Kiwifruits, The Raft, and The Birthday Boy, Crumpy, Two Fish n a Scoop, and The War Artist.

Learn more about Carl:

Stories on the Go title: “My Father Running with a Dead Boy”