About Us

The Lennon-Ritchie Agency is an internationally-focussed literary and rights agency based in Cape Town South Africa.

The oldest agency on the continent of Africa, we offer individualised care and personal attention.  We are dedicated to our writers in all aspects of their careers, and are committed to fostering and supporting both established and emerging writers.

The Lennon-Ritchie agency also sells International, subsidiary, and Film/Television rights for Penguin Random House South Africa, Pan Macmillan South Africa, Jonathan Ball Publishing, and Duck Creek Press, New Zealand.

We represent a select group of international writers of literary and commercial fiction, non-fiction, and children’s literature. Our award-winning books include 2019 Sunday Times Fiction Prize winning THE THEORY OF FLIGHT by Gloria Siphiwe Ndlovu (Penguin Random House SA; Catalyst Press US), winner of the 2019 Sharjah best international book award THE SON OF THE HOUSE by Cheluchi Onuobia (Penguin Random House SA; Dundurn House Press US; E/O Italy; Europa Editions UK), and winner of the 2020 SALA awards and the 2020 Humanities and Social Sciences best novel award, LACUNA by Fiona Snyckers (Picador Africa; Europa Editions US, UK). Our acclaimed YA authors include Maya Fowler (ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM, Kwela) and Helen Brain (The YA ELEVATION/FIERY SPIRAL Trilogy, NB Publishers SA; Catalyst Press US). Ground-breaking genre writers include Fred Strydom (THE RAFT and THE INSIDE OUT MAN, Umuzi SA; Skyhorse Press US; Davids Canton Productions).

If you think we might be the right agency for you, have a look at our submissions policy, then drop us a line.

The Lennon-Ritchie Agency no longer represents screenwriters and directors. Our sister agency Torchwood is a literary agency for film and television representing screenwriters, directors, and producers worldwide. With roots in London and Dublin and offices in  Cape Town and Johannesburg, we offer our international clients unparalleled access to the global screen industries.

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Aoife Lennon-Ritchie is looking for commercial fiction, smart speculative fiction, and narrative non-fiction. A strong point of view and a compelling, pacy story are essential. Underrepresented voices preferred. 

Regretfully, no poetry, no short stories, no rhyming children’s books, and no scripts.

If you would like to contact Aoife (pronounced Eefa) about your work, please first read our submission guidelines here.
You can follow Aoife on Twitter here. Link with her on LinkedIn here.