In a remote mountain village in eastern Turkey, against a backdrop of mounting political turmoil, a father clings to the simple life he has created for himself and his family. As violence creeps ever closer, Haydar refuses to flee from the family home, a home he built with his bare hands. What keeps him here? Why do his silver birch trees seem more precious to him than the lives of his own children?
Leyla Nazli is a young Turkish writer. She was one of the 50 writers chosen to take part in 'The Fifty', a year-long project with the BBC and the Royal Court Theatre to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Royal Court.