Keith’s stepmother ‘Maw’ gives him an ultimatum – at fifteen he either leaves school to work or joins the army. So, Keith departs Auckland and reports to the Waiouru military camp, enlisting as a regular force cadet.
Home Base is a snapshot of Keith Westwater’s boy-soldier life in the New Zealand Army during the 1960s. From a motherless and peripatetic childhood in No One Home, the sequel Home Base is where Keith finally finds a place to call home: underneath Mount Ruapehu’s shadow and amongst his fellow cadets.
From spit-polished ‘brightly black’ boots to doing ‘the marchie marchie’, Home Base is a candid and often humorous look at the lives of Regular Force Cadets. It’s also a memoir of Keith’s adolescence depicted through handwritten diary entries, photographs, maps and poems.
|Dimensions||150 × 190 mm|
Lower Hutt poet Keith Westwater has received or been shortlisted for awards in New Zealand, Australia and Ireland, and has been selected for ten anthologies. He's published three previous collections of poetry and a chapbook. Keith writes about his work on his blog, Some Place Else.