About Paul

Paul Crask is a writer. He lives on the eastern Caribbean island of Dominica.

He has written two books for Bradt Travel Guides (Dominica and Grenada, Carriacou & Petite Martinique) both of which are in their second edition. He has written freelance articles for various newspapers and magazines (e.g. Guardian, Islands, Caribbean Beat, Hortus, Zing), often about life and travel in the islands of the southern Lesser Antilles, and has had many of his photographs published. Paul is also a freelance editor and has worked on several other Bradt titles such as Nigeria, Liberia, Estonia.

Paul grew up in Yorkshire and went to Leeds University in 1984 to study German Language and Literature. He spent a third of 1986 at the Karl Marx University of Leipzig in former East Germany, followed by a year as a language assistant at the Hugo Ball Gymnasium (grammar school) in Pirmasens, former West Germany. After graduating in 1988 he went to Japan where he taught English and German at a school near Hiroshima for two years. He then went backpacking around the world until his money ran out.

In 2005 after commuting to London for more years than he should have, he and his Dominica-born wife decided enough was enough and they dropped out and moved to the island.

In 2012 Paul and Celia decided to build a small house on a piece of land they had bought on the slopes of the Morne Anglais volcano above the village of Giraudel. They have almost finished ….

As well as freelance writing and editing, Paul is currently working on several projects, including two books; one about dropping out, living on the island and building a house (Volcano Gardening For Beginners), the other a work of fiction (The Dreams of a Wistful Nomad) which is influenced by some of his favourite writers; Murukami, Vonnegut, Kafka, Brecht and Orwell. He is also developing companions to his Dominica guide book, including roseaucityguide.com and dominicatravelguide.com

Plans for publication target dates of third editions of his two Bradt guides are currently being discussed.

If you’d like to contact Paul about his books, websites or to discuss freelance work, his email is paulcrask@gmail.com.

Freelance writer, photographer, Caribbean travel writer & journalist – Paul Crask