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Paul Hawkins

Paul Hawkins is a lecturer in English and a musician. His band Paul Hawkins & The Awkward Silences have recorded sessions for BBC Radio 1 and played events at Tate Britain and London's South Bank Centre, as well as the Latitude Festival.
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A gleefully dark and well-researched exploration of the history and customs of European Yuletide folklore. How did St Nicholas save children from cannibalism? Who were the Yule Lads and why would they steal your sausages? Why was the Alpine Father Christmas accompanied by a demonic figure called the Krampus who bundled children into sacks and dragged them off to Hell? And why do Spanish nativity scenes often feature a defecating peasant?Over the course of the 20th Century, a universal image...
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