EMOTIONAL TIES: Samira Ahmed on her most treasured possessions and keepsakes

Journalist and broadcaster Samira Ahmed shares her most treasured items, from board games to Beatles prints…

Louise Haywood-Schiefer
Louise Haywood-Schiefer

This print – taken at London Marylebone train station in 1964 for the Beatles film A Hard Day’s Night – was a gift from my husband when we moved from living close to where it was filmed to the suburbs. It’s the perfect token of my own swinging Britpop London years in my 20s.

Louise Haywood-Schiefer

I brought this hand-painted pot back from a trip to India with my parents when I was about five. I’m not that attracted to objects – in the end, it’s just stuff – but I would rescue this from a house fire. It reminds me of a time in my life, if only for a short time, when I felt very Indian.

Louise Haywood-Schiefer

I bought this copy of an August 1940 cover of Harper’s Bazaar by Herbert Bayer, a proponent of the Bauhaus movement, when I worked at Deutsche Welle TV in Berlin in 1998. It reflects both my love for 20th-century modernist design and the pleasure of speaking German fluently.

Louise Haywood-Schiefer

Home You Go was my favourite board game as a teenager – not as a board game per se, but rather using the pieces to re-enact dystopian space station disasters with my toys! I play a lot of them now with my husband and two children – our favourites include Pandemic and Cathedral.

Louise Haywood-Schiefer

Looking at this record of Shadowland by K D Lang takes me back to the joy of discovering new music and spending a whole month’s salary to buy the best record player I could find after landing a job at Newsnight in the early 90s.

Louise Haywood-Schiefer

As a child, I collected these comics about Indian mythology and history – they’re filled with interesting women, a lot of them warriors or ancient superheroes. They challenged the way I thought about things and I liked the diversity of cultures and religions referenced in them.

Samira is a judge for the 2018 Desmond Elliott Prize for debut fiction. The winner will be announced on 20 June; visit desmondelliottprize.org.uk

Interview by Fiona McCarthy