World Arts Agency (WAA)
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As a LITERARY AGENCY we represent, primarily, African authors or African authors in diaspora, or those dealing with themes related to Africa. Many of our clients have won national and/or international awards, for Literary Fiction, and also Poetry (through our collaboration partner for foreign rights, DRYAD PRESS). We also represent Memoir, Creative Non-fiction and exceptional Genre Fiction. We feature Agents with Masters in English Language and Literature, who work with the line and development of all chosen manuscripts, prior to going out on submission. World Arts Agency, in collaboration with TINZWE MEDIA, have a celebrity anthology for life-writing creative non-fiction, by exceptional young leaders in the Media, Entertainment, Broadcasting, Sports, Law, and Social Justice sectors of South African society. Unique to our agency, is the fact that our team act as talent managers, to bring our authors, poets and collaboration partners, as much publicity, recognition, and prizes, as we possibly can. World Arts Agency is proud to have inaugurated, and manage, the prestigious JAMES CURREY PRIZE FOR AFRICAN LITERATURE and has the privilege of selecting each year’s esteemed judges. We are honoured, that we were chosen to be the rights managers for the ALAN PATON WILL TRUST, and all Copyrights and Permissions held by the trust, for the works of Alan Paton. 2022 will see the launch of our print and online literary journal, the HOTAZEL REVIEW (hotazelreviewlit.org). Our headquarters, situated in the Maboneng Lifestyle Centre, Johannesburg, boasts a Boutique Bookstore through which we support our various independent publishing collaborations.
As a SPEAKING AGENCY we have two full-time professional speaking agents and two junior publicity agents who negotiate on behalf of our clients for festivals, roundtables, broadcasts, podcasts and events. We also host a full production seasonal show, THE ONYEKA NWELUE TALK SHOW, with regular appearances by up-and-coming authors, musicians, and thespians.
The WORLD ARTS AGENCY also features a MUSIC LABEL and manages artistes from Africa and the Caribbean with locations in New York, Paris and Puebla. We position musical acts to appear on the most popular performance platforms, and amplify their music.
We also take great pride that our agency has a FILM PRODUCTION DIVISION with 6 completed films / documentaries, and with many more on the way.