As a fiction writer, my creative practice is closely tied to the material and complex systems of a particular place and time. I take a research-driven and multidisciplinary approach to my writing, frequently collaborating with specialists in other fields, including scientists, historians, or visual artists. Some of my recent collaborations include working with National Resource Defense Council experts to write new fiction in response to the UN’s 2040 Climate Report and exhibiting my writing at Singapore’s ArtScience Museum multimedia exhibition 2219: Futures Imagined, a series of immersive installations, meditative spaces, films, paintings, and sculptures imagining Singapore’s future 200 years from now.
While at Headlands
While at Headlands, I hope to work on the first draft of a new novel set in 19th century colonial Singapore about botany and ambition.
Rachel Heng, The Great Reclamation, Riverhead Books, March 2023.