Since 1978, after emigrating from Liverpool and returning to Ottawa where he grew up in the 1950s, Phil Jenkins has worked as a newspaper columnist (books, reviews, music), travel writer, author , playwright and a performing songwriter. He was a freelance columnist for the Ottawa Citizen from 1991 to 2017. He has written for magazines (National Geographic Traveller;Equinox;Wedding Bells; Canadian Geographic, Ottawa Magazine) and about the Canadian landscape in bestselling books: Fields of Vision, An Acre of Time, River Song, Beneath My Feet and As I Walked About. As well, local histories of the Ottawa Heart Institute and the Ottawa Public Library. He is twice the winner of the Ottawa Citizen Non-Fiction Award, and the Lela Common Award for Creative non-fiction . Phil teaches and lectures in writing, the Canadian landscape and Ottawa history. As a singer/songwriter and band member he produced the albums Car Tunes and Making Waves, and a solo album, Noteworthy. He lives in the Gatineau Hills of Quebec, on the Gatineau River.