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)

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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.

Ben Jenkins (Australian)

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Ben Jenkins is a writer, comedian, podcaster and television presenter. He is a writer and presenter on ABC's The Checkout. He is host and co-creator of the comedy nights-turned podcasts Story Club and Dragon Friends. He is also co-host of the hit podcast Free to a Good Home. He co-wrote the radio play Space Wizard for ABC RN and writes about politics and media for Fairfax.