As far as writing spaces go, it's pretty hard to beat the outdoors.

Today's Blocast guest is no stranger to that; in fact, he's trekked nearly 3 thousand kilometers across the Western and Central Himalayas in the mid-1990s.

Jono Lineen is the author of Into the Heart of the Himalayas. On the Blocast, he tells Farz about writing on the trek and the process of dealing with the grief of losing his brother.

Listen here.

Jono Lineen was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and his family emigrated to Canada where, in his teens, he developed into a world class ski racer. The month before the 1988 Olympics, in which he was hoping to compete, his brother Gareth tragically drowned while training with his university rowing team. The shock of this event pushed Jono to the Himalayas where he eventually spent eight years. It was during this time that he undertook the 2700-kilometer trek that forms the basis of his new book, Into the Heart of the Himalayas. He's also worked for Medecins Sans Frontieres and he spent five years managing medical projects in war zones in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nepal.
Where can I find Jono?
In person:
If you're around in Sydney for the Writers' Festivel, you can catch Jono speaking at a number of events, including this one.
For Canberrans, Jono will be at Paperchain Bookstore on 5 June from 6pm.