The PoetryZoo keepers

Gillian K Ferguson
Gillian K Ferguson

Gillian K Ferguson

Gillian is an award-winning poet and journalist.

has books published with leading UK publishers Bloodaxe and Canongate, including the best-selling ‘BABY’, and her online project onthe human genome– 1,000 pages of interwoven poems, poetic reflections, interviews, extracts and quotes – was praised by eminent commentators such as writer and broadcaster Andrew Marr, Head of the US Human Genome Project, Francis Collins, and philosopher Mary Midgley.

She has received the prestigious £25,000 Creative Scotland Award, and anthologies include New Blood (Bloodaxe); the Faber Book of 20th Century Scottish Poems (Faber); Dream States (Faber); The New Scottish Poets (Polygon); Modern Scottish Women Poets, (Canongate); The Edinburgh Book of 20th Century Scottish Poetry (Edinburgh University Press), and 100 Favourite Scottish Poems (Luath/Scottish Poetry Library). In 2012, she was a judge for the prestigious Edwin Morgan International Poetry Competition. She has recently completed ‘FLORA’, poems on the genetic connection between man and plants and flowers.

Gillian has been a journalist, columnist and reviewer at national publications, including the Scotsman, FT Magazine, Sunday Times and BBC.

Richard Saville-Smith
Richard Saville-Smith

Richard Saville-Smith

Richard Saville-Smith MA, MSc, is studying for a PhD in the ‘interrelation of madness and acute religious experience’ in the School of Divinity at the University of Edinburgh.

For 15 years Richard provided communications support for major charities and not-for-profits. Richard is never happier than trying to figure out what to do next in complex situations – without compromising the values of his clients; which have included Make Poverty History, Save the Children, Islamic Relief, the Moonwalk (breast cancer) and the Disasters and Emergencies Committee. 

Richard has been married to co-director Gillian Ferguson for the last 19 years.

Espen Brunborg
Espen Brunborg

Espen Brunborg

The Head of Design at Primate, Espen draws upon his editorial design background to help him specialise in interactive online design. With a real passion for responsive, user-centred, design, he believes that the web is the perfect crucible for blending design and technology together into a single, seamless solution.

Originally from Norway, Espen’s favourite poem is something to do with trolls.

Christopher Lamb
Christopher Lamb

Christopher Lamb

Responsible for the front end construction of PoetryZoo, Chris joined Primate in 2012 as their lead HTML and CSS developer. With a latent talent for design, he prides himself on his extreme attention to detail which he combines with his passion for responsive workflows to ensure Primate’s high standards and quality.

When not building guitars in his spare time, Chris enjoys writing poetry about nature and looking whimsically into the distance.

Bartłomiej Oleszczyk
Bartłomiej Oleszczyk

Bartłomiej Oleszczyk

In charge of Primate’s development team, Bart enjoys nothing more than using his philosophical training and analytical mind to solve the challenges of implementing cutting edge web technologies. Passionate about all things web, he loves tackling ambitious online projects and stretching the boundaries of the Internet.

Bart’s ideal poem would be written by Martin Heidegger on the subject of progressive web technologies.

Gordon McLachlan
Gordon McLachlan

Gordon McLachlan

Leading the business direction of Primate, Gordon works closely with clients to help them realise their online products. With over eight years experience in the web industry in a variety of key roles, he works to strategically guide projects from planning and inception to completion and beyond.

Born on the mean streets of suburban Holland, Gordon has years of repressed middle class anxiety to expunge via poetry.