Welcome to World Arts Agency


World Arts Agency is one of South Africa’s fastest-growing literary agencies. One of our core principles is our sense of adventure; to take chances on creative talents that may not seem thematically mainstream while equally taking pride in our talented roster of clients, and in the phenomenal recognition their work garners from publishers and award juries. Working out of the historic neighbourhood of Braamfontein is our dedicated team of experts, negotiating international publishing rights for literary properties, as well as television and stage adaptation rights for our literary clients, both directly and in association with co-agents.
While, individually, each member of the team has their own particular interests, passions and priorities, we are united in our commitment to our clients and in our desire to bring work of lasting value to an appreciative international audience.

Our Team


Warren Jeremy Rourke

Commissioning Editor/Senior Agent

MA: English Language and Literature, at the University of Cape Town, completed in 2017. Thesis: ‘K. Sello Duiker’s Realism: Form, Critique, and Floating Kingdoms’. Rourke is a published poet.

Tonye Altraide

Tonye Altraide


We handle our foreign rights and work with care to place our titles with foreign publishers. We also collaborate with co-agents in Europe, US & China. For more information about foreign rights, please contact:

Mmamello Matake

Executive Director/Talent Manager

She runs Nerd Africa pen pal, a dedicated program encouraging reading and writing amongst children and teenagers in her township. In 2017 she became an administration assistant at Inqaba Yokulinda Youth Organization, she assisted in facilitating youth beneficiaries life skills workshops and youth camps around South Africa. In 2019 she joined an artists NICE magazine project based in Switzerland with…

Mitterand Okorie

Head of Communications

An academic and author of several books, he divides his time between South Africa and Italy.

Contact info


Phone +27 65 890 0869
Address 39 Stanley Avenue, Werf Braamfontein,
Johannesburg 2092,
South Africa