About the book…
Domestic Flight is the debut volume from one of Northern Ireland's best-known figures, the actor and director James Ellis. The years spent away from home as a successful actor in England have given Ellis an unsentimental, clear, though loving, eye which he casts without coldness on his native Belfast and with surprised delight on the rest of the world.
His actors ear for dialogue is precise, whether from Ulster or elsewhere. And the everyday phrases of mother, father, friends and colleagues seem to have a choric resonance imbuing this collection with the complimentary modes of public drama and private lyricism. Gathering together work written over the last three decades,
Domestic Flight is remarkable for its poetic range: formal sonnets, ballads, translations from the French, Romanian, Greek and Italian, elegies, folk poems, monologues, satires, epigrams, epic and free verse. Yet underlying this technical dexterity, there is a voice assured, confident but above all else human, expressing vibrantly its own sensibility-one at home with the verities and values of his native Ulster yet familiar with transiencies and ironies of the modern and post-modern world