Trilby Kent was born in Toronto, Ontario, and grew up in cities on both sides of the Atlantic. After completing degrees at Oxford University and The London School of Economics, she trained as a maps specialist in the rare books department at Bonhams and pursued journalistic work that took her from Belgium to the Philippines. An AHRC studentship allowed her to complete a PhD that in turn produced her second adult novel. Her first children's book, the critically acclaimed Medina Hill, was followed by Stones for My Father, which won the TD Children's Literature Award and was included in CBC Writes' 100 YA Books That Make You Proud To Be Canadian. Her third book for young people, Once, In a Town Called Moth, was nominated for the Governor General's Literary Award.
Trilby teaches creative writing at U of T and Humber and reviews for the Globe and Quill&Quire. She now resides in Toronto with her husband, two children, and a cat.