CARL NIXON IS A NEW ZEALAND NOVELIST, SHORT-STORY WRITER AND PLAYWRIGHT
IN THE PRESS
He's a contender, Carl Nixon. He's an acclaimed playwright, has won significant awards for his short stories and he's come close with his novels, too. His previous novels, Rocking Horse Road and Settlers' Creek, were long-listed for the prestigious IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards.
He is a major talent and this (Rocking Horse Road) is a very good book. You should read it.
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.
JOHN MCCRYSTAL, NZ HERALD
NORTH AND SOUTH MAGAZINE
Carl is the author of three novels, a collection of short stories, and seven acclaimed plays for adults. When asked what genre he prefers writing in, he often says, "whatever one I'm not working on at the moment". His novels have been published in New Zealand, Germany, France, Taiwan and China.
He was born in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1967 where he still lives with his wife and two children. He has a Master of Arts Degree in Religious Studies from Canterbury University and a Diploma of Teaching. While at university Carl was a founding member of the Court Jesters Improvisational troupe based at the Court Theatre.
Carl has twice won the Sunday Star Times Short Story Contest (1997, 1999). He also won New Zealand's top short story prize, the Bank of New Zealand Katherine Mansfield Contest, in 2007. His novel, Rocking Horse Road, appeared on lists of the top crime novels of 2012 in Germany.
Carl was the 2006 Ursula Bethell /Creative New Zealand Writer-in-Residence at Canterbury University. He has been awarded two Creative New Zealand grants, plus the Beatson Fellowship in 2011. He represented New Zealand at the Frankfurt International Book Fair in both 2012 and 2013. In 2018 he was the Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellow in France.