We live today in constant motion travelling distances rapidly small ones daily arriving in new states. In this inaugural edition of Freeman’s a new biannual of unpublished writing former Granta editor and NBCC president John Freeman brings together the best new fiction nonfiction and poetry about that electrifying moment when we arrive. Strange encounters abound. David Mitchell meets a ghost in Hiroshima Prefecture; Lydia Davis recounts her travels in the exotic territory of the Norwegian language; and in a Dave Eggers story an elderly gentleman cannot remember why he brought a fork to a wedding. End points often turn out to be new beginnings. Louise Erdrich visits a Native American cemetery that celebrates the next journey and in a Haruki Murakami story an ageing actor arrives back in his true self after performing a role discovering he has changed becoming a new person. Featuring startling new fiction by Laura van den Berg Helen Simpson and Tahmima Anam as well as stirring essays by Aleksandar Hemon Barry Lopez and Garnette Cadogan Freeman’s announces the arrival of an essential map to the best new writing in the world.