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Country star Glen Campbell on playing with Elvis

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30 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 29 April 2010

Country star Glen Campbell recalls playing for Elvis and reflects on his ancestral bond with Scotland. Novelist Lawrence Norfolk reviews an exhibition of maps from 1400 onwards at the British Library, including the largest atlas in the world. Cellist Tony Woollard on making the first ever recording of Theme for a Prince, written by Sir William Walton for the Prince of Wales in 1970. Nicola Barker, Booker nominated for her novel Darkmans, discusses her new book, Burley Cross Postbox Theft.

  • Magnificent Maps

    Magnificent Maps: Power, Propaganda and Art is at the British Library in London until 19 September 2010.

    British Library site
  • Fragment of the Forma Urbis Romae, AD 200

    Fragment of the Forma Urbis Romae, AD 200

    The Forma Urbis Romae was a giant incised marble plan of the eternal city, made in around 200AD, and over 18 metres wide. The plan survives in over 1,300 fragments, in which can be seen its precise and unusually modern-looking detail.

    Photo credit: Capitoline Museums, Rome

  • Detail from The Island, 2008

    Detail from The Island, 2008

    Stephen Walter's 'the Island' satirises the London-centric view of the English capital city and its outlying commuter towns as independent from the rest of the country.

    Photo credit: British Library Board

  • Bird’s-eye View of Canton, c. 1760.

    Bird’s-eye View of Canton, c. 1760.

    This beautiful painting by an unknown Chinese artist is a supremely well-preserved example of a type of export painting created specifically for merchants. It constitutes a wonderful blend of Eastern and Western artistic styles, but the most prominent feature is its colourful jewel-like precision.

    Photo credit: British Library Board

  • The Klencke Atlas, c.1660

    The Klencke Atlas, c.1660

    This, the largest book in the world at almost six feet tall, was presented by the Amsterdam merchant Johannes Klencke to Charles II of England on his restoration to the throne in 1660.

    Photo credit: the British Library Board

  • Glen Campbell

    Glen Campbell is touring the UK until May 13th.

  • Nicola Barker

    Burley Cross Postbox Theft, by Nicola Barker, is published by Fourth Estate on the 30 April 2010.

    Extracts from the book are available as a free I-phone app from next Tuesday.

  • Tony Woollard

    Tony Woollard's CD Cello Journey is on the Nova label.

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