FAMOUS authors were thrilled with the Griffith Readers' Festival on the weekend despite organisers being thoroughly disappointed by the attendance.
The weather was perfect for just over 100 locals who enjoyed the event's improved format at Pioneer Park on Saturday.
The event had a great festival atmosphere according to Sydney publisher Alison Green, who brought a number of the authors to Griffith for the day.
"I've been to plenty of festivals and in comparison this one is fabulous because Pioneer Park is such a beautiful venue and it has a real festival vibe which you don't get at some bigger events," Ms Green said.
"I thought it was absolutely wonderful and it's great that the authors have the chance to be so accessible to the public as well as being able to enjoy each others' company.
"Since Saturday, locals have been coming up to the authors saying they bought their books and they've been up all night reading them, which is the sort of feedback that will keep us coming back."
Organiser Debbie Guertin said the committee would go back to the drawing board to work out how to entice people to attend next year after number fell short.
"It was a real shame that so many great authors came to town yet the people of Griffith weren't able to appreciate what was on offer," Mrs Guertin said.
"We were very disappointed with the crowd numbers, considering we advertised through so many different mediums.
"What it tells us is that people may not understand what is on offer so we need to get that message out.
"It was a really great weekend and all the authors loved the festival and Griffith, so we need to make sure next year we get more people along.
"The organisers printed 500 tickets but throughout the day only about 100 people turned up."
Organisers also had to contend with the late withdrawal of star attraction Sally Rippon, though her spot was quickly filled by local children's author Caroline Tuohey and cartoonist Pat Grant.
"Everyone was of course disappointed that Sally Rippon wasn't able to attend but the kids were all still very animated and engaged by the two great talents who filled in at the last minute."