From over 200 entries we narrowed down the final selection to fourteen playwrights, eight of whom got produced at the festival. The range of performances and activities was truly exciting. There were plays in four languages (English, Hindi, Marathi and Tamil), with plots set in the outskirts of Delhi, in Parangipettai in Tamil Nadu and in a remote village on the India-Bangladesh border; to the urban settings of Pune and Mumbai. Along with the plays, there were workshops and discussions, which addressed the world of writing for different media; from films to the internet to songs and even writing on theatre itself. Musical evenings prefaced the plays, with short performances from young and emerging singer-songwriters – again throwing the spotlight on the writing of music – rather than generic bands. To round it off and further explore the theme of Playing with Stories, Writers’ Bloc 4 hosted a dozen artists of non-performative work like painters, sculptors, cartoonists, designers and photographers, inviting the audience to engage with the stories behind their work through an audio-driven display.