Woolpit

The legend of the green children of Woolpit concerns two children of unusual skin colour who reportedly appeared in the village of Woolpit inSuffolk, England, some time in the 12th century, perhaps during the reign of King Stephen. The children, brother and sister, were of generally normal appearance except for the green colour of their skin. They spoke in an unknown language, and the only food they would eat was beans. Eventually they learned to eat other food and lost their green pallor, but the boy was sickly and died soon after the children were baptised. The girl adjusted to her new life, but she was considered to be “rather loose and wanton in her conduct”. After she learned to speak English the girl explained that she and her brother had come from St Martin’s Land, an underground world whose inhabitants are green. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story or poem about the green children of Woolpit.

Journaling Prompt: Write about an impossible story you believed when you were a child.

Art Prompt: The Green Children of Woolpit

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about the power of superstition and legend in our culture.

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