Hilary Menos was born in Luton in 1964 and educated at Wadham College, Oxford and the London College of Printing. She worked as a Student Union activist, food journalist and restaurant critic in London before moving to Devon to renovate a Domesday Manor and bring up three sons.
In 2004, together with her partner Andy Brodie, she set up Beenleigh Manor Organics, a 100 acre mixed organic farm, selling breeding stock and finished beef and lamb. At its peak the farm ran a herd of 40 pedigree Red Ruby Devon cattle and 150 organic Wiltshire Horn sheep. Their son Inigo was born in 2006. In 2011 the decision was made to scale down the farm; the farmhouse, most of the farm buildings and some of the land was sold.
She won the Envoi Poetry Competition in 2002. Her first pamphlet, Extra Maths (Smith/Doorstop, 2004), was one of four first stage winners of The Poetry Business Book and Pamphlet Competition 2004. Her first full collection, Berg (Seren, 2009), won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection 2010. Her second pamphlet, Wheelbarrow Farm (Templar, 2010), was one of four winners of the Templar Poetry Pamphlet and Collection Competition 2010. Her second full collection, Red Devon, was published by Seren in June 2013.
She also works with Exeter-based children's theatre company Quirk Theatre as dramaturge and script overseer, and completed an MA in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2013.