Koral Ward began her creative life in the late 1970s in the English Theatre, working in Wardrobe departments making costumes and backstage as a dresser, receiving a Diploma in Historical Costume Research and Construction from the London College of Fashion in 1982. Having worked for a few years as a freelance costume maker (including work for BBC Costume drama, and the Amsterdam opera), she gave it all up, bought a drum machine and synthesizer and began writing poems for performance with Stripe as Poets of the Machine. She has revisited the thread of costume work however throughout the ensuing decades.
The turn of the century found her at Murdoch University eventually gaining a PhD in Philosophy in 2006, and publishing Augenblick: The Decisive Moment in 19th and 20th Century Western Philosophy, published by Ashgate, UK, in 2008. Her writing life continued with a series of catalogue essays for the photographer Guy Vinciguerra, and painter Margaret Vinciguerra. Until recently Koral has lectured and tutored in a variety of subjects in the Humanities.