That said, it was a great day nonetheless. Authors were speaking about their works within the tents and halls (which I hadn't the foresight to book many tickets to), and the stalls and stands each were doing good business (The great big hog roast, most of all!). So, perhaps the empty streets were just a sign of people attending events, rather than a sign of poor turn-out.
As I said, things appeared a bit quiet while I was there, and so I didn't find very many writers or those in the industry to speak to. However, there were two authors I was lucky and privileged enough to catch a few words with, who each gave me some good advice on how to push oneself onward, when seeking publication. Those authors were: Kevin Barry, who was speaking of his striking collection of short stories in Dark Lies the Island, and Sara Sheridan, who spoke of her post-war murder mystery Brighton Belle.
I was very pleased to be able to speak with them, even for just a few moments, and with both their advice and the day's sights in mind, I do believe I'll be keen to attend again next year!