Manchester Histories Festival 2022 – Driving with strangers

  • DATE

    9 June 2022

  • TIME

    2:30 pm to 3:30 pm

  • AGES

    All ages welcome




    Manchester Central Library
    St Peter's Square, Manchester, M2 5PD

Join author and veteran hitchhiker, Jonathan Purkis, as he explores the history of hitchhiking and its impact on our world view.

‘Driving with strangers’ is a brand new book by writer, independent academic and musician Jonathan Purkis, in which the veteran hitchhiker and lifelong aficionado of hitchhiking culture journeys through the history of hitchhiking to explore the unique opportunities for cooperation, friendship, sustainability and openness that it represents.

At a time of climate crisis, isolation and social breakdown, Driving with strangers is a manifesto to alter how we think about our place in the world.

In collaboration with Manchester University Press.


The event is free of charge but as a small charity the festival welcome your donations as your help will enable them to continue their work in these difficult times. Suggested donations from £3.00 – £10.00. By donating to Manchester Histories you can help us fulfil our mission to shape our future by exploring our past. We’re looking towards the future, to our next fabulous festival in 2024, and to the new and creative projects that will make your stories heard.


We endeavour to ensure that Festival events are accessible to all and welcome you to contact us regarding any specific requirements you may have before the event: or 0161 306 1982.

The venue is fully accessible and there will be a BSL (British Sign Language) signer present.