Carl was born in 1967, lives in Christchurch and has a Masters in Religious Studies from the University of Canterbury. He is married with two teenage children.
His first book, 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, Best First Book, Southeast Asia and South Pacific Region, 2007. His stories have appeared in numerous anthologies.
He has published three novels: Rocking Horse Road (Random House NZ, 2008); Settlers’ Creek (Random House NZ, 2010); and The Virgin and the Whale (Random House, 2013). Settlers’ Creek was long listed for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards 2012. His novels have been published in translation in Germany, France, Taiwan and China.
Carl was very pleased to be one of the authors selected as part of the New Zealand contingent to attend the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2012 when New Zealand was Guest of Honour.
Carl’s plays, both comedy and drama, have been performed in every professional theatre in New Zealand. His latest is the comedy, Matthew, Mark, Luke and Joanne. Others include, The Raft, The Birthday Boy, Crumpy, Two Fish ‘n’ a Scoop, and The War Artist. His adaptation for the stage of J. M. Coetzee’s Booker Prize winning novel Disgrace was staged by the Auckland Theatre Company.
The radio adaptation of The Raft won, Best Radio Drama of the Year, 2009 NZ Radio Awards. Many of Carl’s stories have also been broadcast by Radio New Zealand.
The Virgin and the Whale was optioned by South Pacific Pictures in 2015. Carl has recently completed writing the screenplay for the feature film, which as they say, is in development.
In 2017, Carl received the Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship and in 2018 Carl will travel to Menton, France for the writing residency.
Carl is represented by Pontas Literary and Film Agency, based in Barcelona, Spain.