The Joy of poetry ...

A WIGAN poet capped off her most successful year to date by becoming the first woman to win a prestigious performance event.

Joy France, from Lowton, triumphed in the final of the Superheroes of Slam event, where poets compete head-to-head in three-minute duels for audience acclaim.

Poet Joy France

Poet Joy France

Joy became a poet around three years ago and regularly performs at the open mic nights at The Tudor House Hotel in Wigan.

She has also had a one-woman stage show as part of a festival of female comedy and appeared at literature festivals across the country.