In the end, the sun came out and things warmed up considerably.
Every year, the size of the Festival seems to grow. It's heartening to see what appears to be more and more people attending what is apparently the largest civic literary event in the country.
It's also exceptionally well managed. They get this one right, and every year it seems to improve, lessons learned from the year before, a constant ascent.
Despite the occasional cold stare and gossipy whisper (it is, after all, the book world) this is fundamentally a place where serious people can get together and share their love of books for the weekend. If you didn't make it out today, do make every effort to be there tomorrow ...