Timelord Dreaming

You wake in the middle of the night with a terrible pain radiating from your lower side up to your chest. An ambulance is called, and you’re rationed ever increasing doses of morphine on your way to the hospital. In the EW, a heart attack is ruled out but the mystery intensifies. Until a CT scan reveals the truth…


“You”, in this case, was the author, who, with the kindness of a Dr Who understudy and other medical staff at the Mater Hospital, Brisbane, survived a urgent operation and had many medicated days to reflect on an often surreal experience.


Timelord Dreaming uses “tweetems”, microtexts with Internet call-outs, to recreate one man’s journey through the parallel universes of patient and personal identity. If you’ve ever been hospitalised, you’ll find much that is familiar – and not always comfortable – here.

Book Excerpt

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David Reiter

Winner of the Western Australia Premier’s Award for Digital Narrative and the Queensland Premier’s Award for Poetry among other distinctions, David P Reiter has been recognised internationally for his ground-breaking creative works.


Hemingway in Spain and Nullarbor Song Cycle began as text works and later were extended to films. My Planets: a fictive Memoir as well began as a physical book and an enhanced CD but then, in collaboration with the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada, became the innovative My Planets Reunion Memoir, an interactive website in which text, film, audio performances, classical music, astronomy, and animation converge on a journey from separation to reunion of biological families.


In his latest hybrid work, David creates ‘tweetems’ – text and social media moments – that immerse the reader/viewer in the timeless and sometimes surreal experiences of being an emergency and post-op patient.


Dr Reiter is Publisher/CEO at IP (Interactive Publications) and lives in Brisbane with his wife, two children, and menagerie of irreverent pets.