Sincerest Form of Flattery is a show like no other. Some of the Festival’s most daring guests find themselves standing on the shoulders of giants (and then metaphorically riding those giants on a comedy-rampage, destroying entire villages in their wake). Each guest is tasked with writing and performing a piece in the style of a literary great. Hosted by Ben Jenkins, this event unfolds like a literary covers night, starring Mark Di Stefano, Richard Fidler, Rebecca Shaw and Jeff Sparrow.

Presented with Giant Dwarf.

Richard Fidler (Australian)

Richard Fidler

Richard Fidler is the author of Ghost Empire, and the co-author of Saga Land with Kári Gíslason, which tells the story of their journey into the sagas of Iceland: the true stories of the first Viking families who settled there in the Middle Ages. Richard is the presenter of Conversations with Richard Fidler on ABC Radio. The program attracts a large listening audience around the nation, and is the most popular podcast in Australia.

Jeff Sparrow (Australian)

Jeff Sparrow

Jeff Sparrow is a Walkley award-winning writer, editor and broadcaster. He writes a regular column for Guardian Australia and contributes regularly to many other publications. His books include No Way But This: In Search of Paul Robeson; Trigger Warnings: Political Correctness and the Rise of the Right; and, most recently, Fascists Among Us: Online Hate and the Christchurch Massacre.

Ben Jenkins (Australian)

Ben Jenkins

Ben Jenkins is a writer, TV producer and the co-creator of Story Club. His written work has appeared in places like The Guardian, The Sydney Morning Herald and anthologies like The Best Australian Comedy Writing and People of Letters. On TV, he has written for The Chaser, The Checkout, Tonightly, The Feed and various other ABC and SBS ventures. He also has a Dungeon and Dragons podcast called Dragon Friends and a baby son not called that.