"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." - Witi Ihimaera

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 apeared 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. Carl’s stories have also been broadcaste extensively 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.

Born at Karitane Women’s Hospital, Christchurch, to Nola Nixon (nee Dudley), home-maker, and Donald Nixon, carpenter. The eldest of three boys.
Placed in remedial reading group with Thorrington School headmaster, Mr Allen. Developed a lifelong love of reading.
Joined high school Theatresports team “The Handy Andies”.
The Big O.E. Spent most of his time in Turkey, Israel, and Egypt – three countries he hadn’t planned on visiting.
Met his future wife on the library steps at the university of Canterbury. She was not immediately impressed.
Wrote his first play script, 'Stinky the Goblin and the Queen', aimed at the 3 to 7 year-old audience. A very demanding crowd. Many more scripts for children followed.
1994-1996 Japan Exchange Teaching programme. Posted to Tokushima Province, Shikoku.
Won the Sunday Star-Times Short Story Contest.
Nanny in New York for 3 months.
Co-wrote his first main-stage play – 'Kiwifruits'. Won the Katherine Mansfield Short Story Contest.
2002 – 2004 : Births of daughter, Alice and son, Fenton. Having achieved a matching set, and needing more sleep than children would allow, no more offspring were considered.
Publication of Fish ‘n’ Chip Shop Song and other stories. Writing fellowship University of Canterbury.
Since 2006 full-time writer of short stories, plays, novels, and recently, scripts for film and television. Recipient of the Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowsip