June Morgan-Williams, 86, has hand-written 10 published novels themed around Lytham, and is currently working on her 11th.
June, who is registered blind, and lives at Spindrift Care Home, Cleveland Road, Lytham, laboriously prints every word of each 200-page novel in capitals on to A4 sheets of paper.
June says: “It’s like writing in the snow”.
These words are then typed out, printed and bound into comb-bind or hardback copies, five of which are in Lytham Library.
June explains: “In my books, I call Lytham, Littleton, Clifton Street is Clinton Street, North Clifton Street is renamed Duck Egg Terrace, Spindrift
is referred to as St Agatha’s Residential Home, The Green is The Lawns and Lowther Gardens is Cascade Gardens.
“One of the main characters, Rose, is a credit to Mrs Libby Fullard, our main domestic organiser at Spindrift.
“My first book, published in 2004, was dedicated to the Spindrift management and staff, because I’ve been so happy here.
“The cover is taken from a picture painted by a former Lytham St Annes High School pupil called Cerys.”
An only child, June was born in Snowdonia, North Wales, and lived in different parts of the country with her Methodist minister father and her mother, who died of cancer in 1948.
She graduated from Manchester University in 1951. Passionate about helping and supporting others, academically and on a lifestyle basis, she became a teacher and welfare officer for the blind.
When working in the Lake District as a supply teacher, doctors advised her to leave the harsh winters of Cumbria and she moved to Blackpool in 1955.
June recalled: “It was snowing in Carlisle when I went to a job interview in Blackpool, wearing Wellington boots. I was seen by a sharp-suited
interview panel, but I got the job.
“I taught Braille and Braille shorthand, and supported and cared for people with limited sight.”
When her father, who had remarried, retired in 1969, he and his wife, Florrie, were allocated a Methodist-funded apartment in Seafield House, Seafield Road, Lytham.
June went to live with them. “We moved from Wales to this beautiful, large old house near the sea which had such a lovely ambience and delightful gardens. It was love at first sight.”
June undertook supply teaching, at Gwydyr House School, Clifton Drive, St Annes, and at St Anne’s Parish Church C of E School.
She was a WRVS volunteer, and also helped out at the United Reform Church, St Annes, St Annes YMCA, The Ormerod Home, St Annes, and Age Concern.
Additionally, June played the piano and sang at the Stella Matutina Home, in Lytham.
She was a private tutor in English and French up to A’ level, taught Italian and Spanish and also English to Chinese waiters working at Lytham St Annes restaurants.
After her father died in 1976, June stayed at Seafield House with her stepmother, Florrie. Some years later, Florrie started suffering from dementia and, in 1999, June decided they would both move into Spindrift.
Florrie was in her 90s when she died in 2008. It was during her last weeks that June started writing.
“I’d already written for the church magazine, but sitting at my stepmother’s bedside I wrote little humorous booklets centred around Lytham St Annes and sold for £2 towards Park Street Methodist Church maintenance and repairs.
“Then, as a tribute to the kind care at Spindrift, I started on the series about St Agatha’s, the Story of a Happy Residential Home.
“Although I have peripheral vision, I’ve been on the Blind Register for two years. I can manage to put pen to paper when I’m writing my books, but my words look more like ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics.
“I hope it comes through in the books how much I love Lytham, its history and its people.
June greets every day as a new challenge.
“Book 11, which is almost finished and will be published next summer, is called Sunlight on the Star Grass and is meant to be read aloud.”
June never married.
“I have known true love, but, like Princess Margaret and Group Captain Peter Townsend, the circumstances were such that a long term commitment or marriage wasn’t possible, so, sadly, the relationship had to end.”