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BOOK LAUNCH: Planet Breeders

Thu 8th August 2019

Planet Breeders – Mike Mowat


NewBridge Books, The NewBridge Project : Gateshead

Please join us at NewBridge Books (at The NewBridge Project : Gateshead) for the launch of Planet Breeders, the debut novel by local writer Mike Mowat.

Planet Breeders is a frightening, powerful exploration of greed and technological expansion written with experimental forms of grammar and syntax. Mike Mowat uses visionary fiction to ask us to look at other worlds to learn more about our own.


Book Synopsis

On an Earth-like planet in space, the Mu’ Ri’ Da come out in the dark hours to prey on the other species of their home, believing they should steal what they can from anyone weaker than them. After an inter-species war and the betrayal of their clans, a spiritual leader, Broll Ah Khan, emerges to unite the tribes and take over their world.

As their power grows so does their ambition. The Mu’ Ri’ Da begin a never-ending war to conquer every species and planet in their galaxy, and beyond, showing no pity or remorse. As their technological means enables their taste for species flesh, it becomes clear just how much the myriad worlds of this universe are at risk of being lost forever.

We first worked with Mike through NewBridge’s Deep Adaptation programme, which led to publishing this exciting new sci-fi book, which responds to the current environmental crisis and climate change.

This book continues NewBridges commitment to supporting emerging artistic talent and ensuring alternative voices are heard, enabling new narratives and ideas to emerge.


Following on from the launch of this book, throughout Spring 2020 we will be hosting a 10-week course for Working Class Writers, led by writer Alex Lockwood and drawing upon the Writers’ Plan written by novelist and campaigner Carmen Marcus and published in The Bookseller.

This workshop will provide the opportunity for those who have always wanted to write to find the space, support and stimulation to get their ideas down on paper. We especially welcome those from backgrounds where writing professionally or for one’s own pleasure has not felt like an option due to social circumstances. We welcome unconventional ideas and stories. We will be working on stories, but also on how to think about yourself as a writer, and planning what support you need in the future. You do not need to have a background in writing, but you do need to be able to commit to attending one evening a week (most likely Wednesdays) for ten weeks. The simple application process will be announced at Mike Mowat’s launch and available online and in the gallery for those without regular internet access. We will be looking at childcare and travel support for those who need it.


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