Martha Blan­chard Launches Plum Tree

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Thurs­day evening saw the launch of ‘The Plum Tree’ by Martha A. Blan­chard, at The Cul­tural De­vel­op­ment Foun­da­tion Con­fer­ence Room. The Plum Tree is about two friends Pella and Sta­cia who have big plans for a sum­mer of fun on He­len is­land. When tragedy strikes for Pella’s fam­ily her life changes, as do her chances for ex­celling at the Com­mon En­trance Exam and get­ting into a top Sec­ondary School.

De­ter­mined not to be sep­a­rated, the friends must work to­gether to beat the odds and rise to the top of their class.

The au­thor, a Saint Lu­cian born in La Clery, Cas­tries grew up in Hos­pi­tal Road and at­tended Ave Maria Pri­mary School, Saint Joseph’s Con­vent and grad­u­ated from the Girl’s Vo­ca­tional School.

She later mi­grated to the U.S.A where she con­tin­ued her ed­u­ca­tion ob­tain­ing a Cer­tifi­cate in Bank­ing and be­gan to work to­wards a first de­gree in Po­lit­i­cal Science.

In 1986 she con­tin­ued her stud­ies at the Univer­sity of the West Indies, Bar­ba­dos Cam­pus and in 1988 re­turned to the US gain­ing cer­ti­fi­ca­tion at the Fash­ion In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy. In 1994 she com­pleted her first de­gree at Saint Fran­cis Col­lege in Brook­lyn, New York, grad­u­at­ing with a Bach­e­lors of Arts De­gree Magna cum Laude in the field of Po­lit­i­cal Science and Gov­ern­ment. She con­tin­ued to pursue her writ­ing hav­ing had her first pub­lished piece ‘The Courage to Cre­ate’ in The Star News­pa­per in 1985. In 1994 she also pub­lished with the Star, Voice and Mir­ror news­pa­pers. An­other piece of work ti­tled ‘Chris­tella Long’, a chil­dren’s short story, was re­cently pub­lished in the Caribbean Writer Mag­a­zine.

In 2010 Blan­chard won a schol­ar­ship to at­tend a Work­shop for Chil­dren’s Writ­ers with the High­lights Foun­da­tion, in Chau­tauqua, Penn­syl­va­nia.

Her tu­tor at the work­shop, Ms. Christine Tay­lor But­ler, an es­tab­lished African Amer­i­can chil­dren’s au­thor, read two of her works, ‘The Plum Tree’ and ‘Find­ing Ama­zona’. She re­ceived im­me­di­ate re­sponse from her tu­tor in­form­ing her that ‘The Plum Tree’ was the work which she should seek to pub­lish.

The Plum Tree is avail­able at Barnes and No­ble and Ama­zon on­line and also Kin­dle. The au­thor will be sign­ing her book at A. F. Val­mont in Rod­ney Bay on Satur­day De­cem­ber 12th, 2015.

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